The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E Superior St (312-573-6744)
If the name didn’t tip you off, there’s a terrace attached to this upscale Chinese restaurant and lounge (and a mighty nice rooftop one at that). Thanks to piped-in world music, loads of greenery and just the right amount of breeze, it might even fool you into believing you’ve made a tropical escape from the city. (Well, after a few lychee-sake martinis or ginger juleps, it might.)
Height: 4th floor Drink of choice: White Shanghai Martini: Bacardi limon, Cointreau, white cranberry juice and a lemon twist If you eat one thing: You can’t go wrong with king crab. Wait for a table: Reservations are accepted for dinner. It’s first-come, first-served for those stopping in for drinks, and the wait can be about 30 minutes or more during busy times. Crowd: Hotel guests and Gold Coast neighbors
The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E Superior St (312-573-6744). El: Red to Chicago. Bus: 3, 10, 26, 29, 66, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 151, 157. Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 10am–10pm. Average cocktail: $10.