Get us in your inbox

Chicago's First Lady Cruises, rooftop bar, Riverwalk
Photograph: Courtesy Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Sip drinks on the water at the Riverwalk’s floating rooftop bar

Take in skyline and riverside views from a table on Chicago's First Lady Floating Rooftop.

Emma Krupp
Written by
Emma Krupp

Missing summer evenings spent on the water? City beaches might not be open quite yet, but in the meantime, you can recreate the luxury of lounging waterside at Chicago's First Lady Floating Rooftop, the latest (and arguably most nautical) addition to the growing roster of Chicago rooftop bars.

Located between Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive on the Chicago Riverwalk, the floating bar lets guests imbibe cocktails, wine and other boozy treats from the airy upper deck of a Chicago's First Lady Cruises ship. Highlights of the drink menu include classics like the prosecco-and-Aperol Summertime Spritzer and a grapefruit- and rose-infused take on a Moscow mule (both $11; you can see a full menu here). And even though the boat remains docked, its riverside locale means that you'll have a chance to soak in skyline views from your vantage point above the water.

The rooftop space, open Friday through Sunday from 3 to 11pm, is free to enter and doesn't require a reservation; just show up to the Riverwalk to snag a table for up to 90 minutes. Of course, per city guidelines, tables are spaced six feet apart and table service will be in place to promote social distancing—and don't forget a mask!

Most popular on Time Out

These notable Chicago restaurants and bars have now permanently closed
Here’s what will reopen when Chicago moves into Phase 4
Where to find drive-in movie theaters near Chicago
- Taste of Chicago rolls out to-go programming this week
- Chicago asks travelers to quarantine for 14 days if coming from states with high case numbers

Latest news


    The best things in life are free.

    Get our free newsletter – it’s great.

    Loading animation
    Déjà vu! We already have this email. Try another?

    🙌 Awesome, you're subscribed!

    Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon!