I had been dying to see the Wit ever since it's opening and finally got to go Friday night! And
boy, was it packed! The famous Roof terrace was wall to wall with people and that's saying something since it's 7,000 square feet! But surprisingly, it didn't seem crowded. There are so many different areas including roaring fire pits, indoor and outdoor spaces, booths, communal tables and several bars that there was room for everyone. There is even a suspended table overlooking the Chicago skyline.
And let's talk about the views! They are the best I've seen so far in Chicago! Roof was conceived as a year round lounge that will work for Chicagoans way beyond the summer months. Chef Todd Stein, a Chicago native who led the Windy City kitchen of MK and most recently Las Vegas' David Burke, serves a menu of 20 small plates that offers something for everyone's palates including two choices of small pizzas, roasted artichokes, fried mozzarella ciliegini in a spicy tomato sauce, prime beef carpacchio, grilled skirt steak, truffle toast, roasted sweet pepper and goat cheese crostini, tuna crostini, grilled lamb burger and much more. There was an excellent DJ and even though the weather outside was cool, the unobtrusive bank of heaters along one wall kept everyone comfortable. It was an exciting place with happy and
excited people. I highly recommend it!
We stopped off in one of the 3 proposed restaurants that will be in the Wit, State and Lake. It's on the ground floor and offers a Chef driven menu that serves artisanal American cuisine. Some of these offerings on this night included ale steamed mussels, Louisiana BBQ shrimp, garlic sake cured ahi tuna, NY strip, rainbow trout, braised short rib, wild halibut, crab stuffed duck egg omelet, baby back ribs, lemon sage roasted chicken, prime cheese burger, grilled wild salmon and much, much more. A third restaurant, Cibomatto, will have a modern Italian menu and will open July 7th. The 27 story Wit is located at 201 N. State St., (the corner of State and Lake) and as you can see from the photos--it's the place to be! J For reservations for the Roof and State and Lake
Restaurant call (312) 239-9502.