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Pacific Standard Time debuts a breathtaking rooftop escape in River North

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen
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When it comes to new rooftop bars and restaurants in Chicago, there's always room for more—even if our summers are short-lived. The folks behind acclaimed River North restaurant Pacific Standard Time revealed today that they're opening a seasonal rooftop oasis on Thursday, July 25. Perched seven floors above Pacific Standard Time, the Laurel Room focuses on the coastal cuisine of California—so expect ceviches, tacos and oysters on the menu. The Laurel Room will remain open through mid-October or as long as Chicago's warm weather lasts.

The seasonal rooftop space pulls its inspiration from classic California architecture and design, incorporating loungy couches and chairs, globe-shaped light fixtures, colorful accents and plenty of greenery. From the eighth floor, guests are treated to unobstructed panoramic skyline views.

Though the menu is smaller and more snack-oriented than what you'll find downstairs at Pacific Standard Time, there's still plenty to choose from, including pineapple-studded kanpachi aguachile, guacamole with tortilla chips and Korean BBQ tacos. For dessert, expect summer-ready treats like rainbow sherbet, pineapple tajin sorbet, Meyer lemon pie and a bourbon-peanut drumstick. The drink menu is loaded with rosés by the glass, a selection of spritzes and a lineup of tropical cocktails, like a spicy mango margarita and a mezcal-based old fashioned.

The Laurel Room is open Sunday through Thursday from 3 to 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 3 to 11pm. To access the rooftop, guests will enter 640 N La Salle Drive, where they can take the elevator to the building's eighth floor. Take a look around the Laurel Room below and start scoping out menu highlights while you're at it.

The Laurel Room

Photograph: Anjali Pinto

The Laurel Room

Photograph: Anjali Pinto

The Laurel Room

Photograph: Anjali Pinto

The Laurel Room

Photograph: Anjali Pinto

The Laurel Room

Photograph: Anjali Pinto

The Laurel Room

Photograph: Anjali Pinto

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