LondonHouse Chicago's rooftop bar ( 85 E. Upper Wacker Dr.; LondonHouseChicago.com ) is at the center of a lot of buzz these daysand one of the reasons becomes obvious when going to the dining establishment, as it's the only tri-level rooftop venue in Chicago, as it's on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd floors of the LondonHouse hotel ( called, respectively, LH on 21, 22 and 23 ).
LH on 21 houses an indoor bar with some imaginative cocktails and culinary fare, while there's an outdoor terrace on LH on 22, which has one of the most expansive views in the city. Exclusive in-dome dining awaits at the exclusive LH on 23. ( Also, it was interesting how people made themselves at home at LH on 21; it seemed all that was missing were pajamasnot a criticism, but merely an observation. )
( By the way, there are different packages available through Aug. 31 on LH on 23's cupola, although some are a bit pricey: For example, the proposal experience in the cupola is $500 per person [two to three guests] and the LH on 22 tasting table experience is $180 per person for six to 12 guests. See https://londonhouse.tocktix.com/#/home#tickets. )
It says a lot that one can go to the rooftop bar on a rainy day and still be impressed with the view. Although the visit on LH on 22's terrace was brief during a recent stormy evening, I could still see that the view atop Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive was absolutely breathtaking.
As for the food, the quality is pretty high ( although the quantities of dishes vary ). Chef de cuisine Jacob Verstegen's grilled lamb ( with cucumber yogurt and marinated cucumber noodles ) was fall-off-the-bone great while the addictive cheese bread rolls also contained andouille sausage. The cold smoked salmon tartare ( which has a knockout smoky presentation ) was fantastic, as was the rye berry risotto.
And don't forget the drinks: I had a frothy concoction called Peach Treats that was absolutely divine, and there's an extensive list of wines and cocktails.
The only ( off-site ) complaint is that clicking on the menus on the website kept taking me back to the hotel's homepagewell, that, and that I didn't stay long enough: This rooftop bar is wonderfully impressive.