May 10, 2018 Properties

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.

Wicker Park Rooftop with Panoramic View

Large rooftop deck with city views of Chicago and glass panel railings

1819 Lofts

The sleekly designed interiors of these brand new Wicker Park apartments should be enough of a selling point on their own, but then you set foot on the rooftop and it’s basically bananas -- panoramic views of the skyline await you as you fire up the grill and sprawl out on a wide open rooftop that can perfectly accommodate parties and picnics.

Urban Oasis in Lakeview 

rooftop yoga at Lakeview apartments for rent in 424 Diversey, Chicago, IL

424 W Diversey

This Lakeview apartment building offers efficient urban living with its neat studio apartments. Apartment renters can take advantage of the rooftop with regular yoga classes and picnic areas, complimenting the affordable apartments within the building with a world-class view on top. The view from this classic apartment building that used to be a glamorous hotel includes Diversey Harbor and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

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.

Sun-Drenched Roof Terrace in South Loop

Modern rooftop deck with city views of downtown Chicago, bright colored patio furniture and lounge chairs

Burnham Pointe

The South Loop has plenty of architectural gems and the roof terrace of this apartment building puts you in prime viewing position for landmarks such as the Sears...oh excuse us..Willis Tower, Harold Washington Library and more. Landscaped areas and lounge furniture give the outdoor space the feeling of living in a resort while still being right smack dab in the middle of all the action in the South Loop neighborhood.

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.

Modern Streeterville Rooftop with Amazing Amenities 

Modern rooftop deck with city views of Chicago, glass railings, and brown wicker patio furniture


Pamper yourself on this luxurious rooftop that has a pool, hot tub and of course premium views. The stunning vistas that are visible from this Streeterville building’s roof include Lake Michigan, 875 N Michigan (the skyscraper formerly known as The John Hancock Tower), Navy Pier and the weekly fireworks show that runs throughout the summer.

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