We’ve enjoyed some lovely summer weather lately and last week, May and June decided it was time to celebrate summer (and do a little work of course because we work better with a cocktail!) at a recently opened urban rooftop bar called Raised, located on the third floor of the Renaissance Hotel, in the heart of downtown Chicago. Hotel guests as well as locals like us are invited to experience the raw finishes of this very eclectic indoor/outdoor lounge. We arrived shortly after it opened, and found a great table overlooking the Chicago River.
We enjoyed a glass of Prosecco and shared a few small plates as we watched the hustle and bustle of the city below. The menu has as assortment of beverages to choose from, along with some delicious appetizers, perfect for getting together after work.
What we like about Raised is the third floor location. Although we had great views, we still felt like we were part of the action below. If you like to watch people and the river traffic, the views cannot be beat. We also were in love with those cloth napkins you see in the picture below. We think that they were small tea towels, and something we are now on the hunt for to incorporate into our table decor.
In addition to tables and stools, there is an array of sofas and comfy chairs surrounding small fire pits, great for conversation. We suggest you get there early if you want to sit outside, tables fill up fast. By a few minutes after 5:00 on a Tuesday evening, there were very few seats to be had. And we were lucky because the weather was perfect, but the indoor section of the bar was pretty cool and cozy and could be a fun place to visit, once the weather turns cold or rainy.
There seems to be more rooftop lounges opening up here in the city, and we look forward to sharing a few more great finds with you while the warm weather lasts. We definitely think Raised is worth checking out.
Live every hour like it’s Happy Hour- Lily Pulitzer
Have a great weekend! ~May and June