Why is it that summer always goes by so quickly?! I can't believe we are already halfway through July and there are still so many activities I am trying to squeeze in before fall comes, not to mention so many restaurants and patios I want to check out! Below is a list of places to try this summer for the perfect rooftop view, refreshing cocktails and trendy eats.
Parlay at Joy District: Earlier this year, Joy District, a restaurant/bar/nightclub, gave its first floor a makeover. It's now a modern sports club, great for happy hour, watching sports and enjoying bar eats. The bar is serving a more distinguished menu than your typical bar cuisine with items like pork belly sliders, flambee tart and heirloom tomato kale salad. Step up your bar game and visit this new River North joint.
The Moonlighter: If you are looking for the next place to try with that laid back neighborhood feel and are craving a burger, this is your spot. Run by the same folks who own Scofflaw, Moonlighter has more food options, is more sports focused and has a large outdoor patio. Rumor has it the burger is outstanding and with six different kinds of burgers on the menu, it might be worth it stop in to see if you agree.
Ludlow Liquors: A replacement for Avondale's Orbit Room, Ludlow offers a refreshing blend of craft cocktails and fun food items like egg rolls and rib tips. The backyard patio is perfect for summer, with picnic tables and lounge seating. This is that fun neighborhood bar when you're looking for a livelier late night scene and live music.
Aba: Meet Aba, the newest opening from Lettuce Entertain You and sister restaurant to Ema. The space is gorgeously decorated filled with plants, skylights, fire pits and offers a lovely rooftop. Reservations are hard to come by, but if you can get in, it sure is dreamy.
Gibsons Italia: A fancy Italian steak and pasta establishment on three levels, two fireplaces and a rooftop, Gibson's is a great place to pop in a for a summertime refreshment and some apps. The space is bustling and yes it's loud, expensive too, but it's worth stopping by.
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