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Photograph: Courtesy Nobu

Take a look around the Rooftop at Nobu, open now in the West Loop

The sprawling terrace serves nigiri, sashimi, sake and cocktails from 11 stories in the sky.

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Morgan Olsen
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The Midwest's first Nobu Hotel opens its doors today in Chicago, bringing 115 luxury guest rooms to 155 N Peoria Street in the West Loop. With its debut comes The Rooftop at Nobu, a sprawling outdoor terrace located on the hotel's 11th floor.

Complemented by east-facing skyline views, the rooftop's design is streamlined and minimalistic, reflecting "an ultra-modern Japanese aesthetic that is weathered, intimate and stylish, producing an effect that is at once calming and exciting," according to a press release. Following the city's safety guidelines for restaurants and bars, the layout has been configured so that there's adequate space between tables; staff will be equipped with personal protective equipment and masks.

The hotel will wait to open its eponymous first-floor restaurant, but the Rooftop at Nobu offers a taste of what's to come. The menu includes a selection of shuko, or small snacks, like nori tacos, black cod lettuce wraps and lamb and chicken kushiyaki. Guests will also be able to order the hotel's signature nigiri, sashimi and maki. On the booze front, expect a menu of wines by the glass and bottle, specialty cocktails and a wide range of sake.

The Rooftop at Nobu is open daily from 4 to 10pm, and reservations are strongly encouraged. Take a look at the first photos of the striking outdoor space, one of few new rooftops to debut in Chicago this summer.

Nobu Rooftop
Photograph: Courtesy Nobu
Nobu Rooftop
Photograph: Courtesy Nobu

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