Top Apartment Rooftops in Chicago

Chicago is the City of Big Shoulders. But it's also quite big on another front: apartments with rooftops. The number of amazing and unique rooftops among Chicago's apartment buildings makes it impossible to list all of them in one blog post, so this list focuses on the rooftops that have something special going for them, whether it's the available amenities, space for gardens, or just a really unbeatable view.

Here are a few of the best rooftops on Domu right now.

Uptown Apartments Raising the Rooftop Game

The Draper apartments in Uptown Chicago seen at dusk

The Draper Apartments

Uptown is on the upswing and this converted office building on Broadway is a great example of the neighborhood’s resurgence. Formerly the headquarters of an insurance company, this building was completely renovated and reopened as slick apartments in 2019. Offices gave way to stylish urban loft apartments with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and modern fixtures. The Draper playfully acknowledges the building’s mid century origins with a tiki-themed lounge that could easily serve as a set from the hit TV series ‘Mad Men’ and a rare rooftop deck for this neighborhood.

Lincoln Park Rooftop Offers Renters a Taste of Downtown Level Luxury

Lincoln Park apartment building with rooftop lounge that gives renters skyline views of downtown Chicago

Elevate Lincoln Park

The Lincoln Park luxury apartments for rent at Elevate are setting the bar pretty high for the neighborhood. This classic Chicago enclave is already well known as a destination for stellar parks, shops and restaurants, but Lincoln Park renters get a taste of high-rise luxury in a modestly sized package with Elevate. The building rises 10 stories above ground and perched at the top is a world-class rooftop experience complete with an outdoor swimming pool, plush lounge areas and cozy fire pits just waiting for renters to come enjoy.

Gold Coast Rooftop Lets Renters Change the Venue without Leaving Home

rooftop swimming pool at Gold Coast Chicago apartments for rent at 1120 N. LaSalle Apartments

1120 North LaSalle Apartments

This Gold Coast apartment building offers great connectivity for renters who want to explore more of the city because of the conveniently located transit options at nearby Clark/Division. But the real envy of the neighborhood lies atop the building’s 19 stories: a rooftop deck and swimming pool that offer views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding skyline. Renters can completely switch the dynamic when they go from the cool apartment interiors up to the warm breeze of a summer day on top of this Gold Coast apartment building.

Gold Coast Apartments with Elevated Amenities

view of Chicago Gold Coast neighborhood looking north toward 875 N Michigan Ave

Astor House Apartments

If summer is synonymous with beach volleyball, then consider calling Astor House home. This Gold Coast apartment building offers top-of-the-line finishes in each apartment along with incredible views from the amenities level located on the building's top floor. The amenities include a pool and a modern fitness center that look out over the lake.

Former Brewery Offers Intoxicating Rooftop Views

Modern rooftop deck with city views of Chicago, wicker patio furniture, and black metal railing

The Brewery Lofts

You might find that your friends are eager to pop over to your place if you tell them that you live in a brewery. To be clear, this iconic Lakeview building hasn’t been in the brewing business for quite some time. The Brewery Lofts occupy nearly half of a city block and the original building dates back to the late 19th Century. The former home of the Best Brewing Company is currently home to loft-style apartments that range from studios to spacious 2-bedrooms. Residents may not be able to spot giant fermentation tanks or bottling operations in these apartments, but they can drink in the splendor of the Chicago skyline from the rooftop deck.

Panoramic Views from Lincoln Park Rooftop

rooftop views from Lincoln Park apartment building The Patricians

The Patricians

With a blend of classic Chicago apartment building charm and updated amenities, The Patricians can be the ideal fit for many apartment hunters who are searching for a good balance of old with new. The rooftop is certainly a good fit for anyone looking for one of the best spots to appreciate Chicago's skyline and sprawling views of the lakefront, the annual Air and Water Show, and more.

Gold Coast Rooftop in Great Location

Modern rooftop deck with city views of Chicago, purple patio furniture, stainless steel grill, and outdoor tv

Chestnut Tower
This apartment building in the Gold Coast offers gorgeous skyline views year-round, but you’ll want to take full advantage of the expansive rooftop sundeck when the jets swoop over the skyscrapers during Chicago’s annual Air and Water Show. The building’s proximity to neighborhood amenities are great on their own, but when the acrobatic displays of the show seem close enough to touch, that’s a whole different level of entertainment. 

Lakeside Views at Streeterville Roof Terrace

Modern rooftop deck with city views of Chicago, firepits, lounge chairs, and a garden

The Lofts at River East

Sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River help distinguish this massive Streeterville rooftop from others in the city. The apartment building below occupies a renovated warehouse on a pier that juts out nearly half a mile into the lake.The sensation of being right on the water rivals that of prime real estate in great waterfront cities like Sydney or San Francisco.

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