Aug 19, 2009

Challenge # 13 : Take in the View of the City

The Wit's Rooftop Bar - It must have been a good one.

When I lived in Chicago from 1988 to 1992, high-rise rooftop bars were still non existent. However, restaurants like Le Ciel Bleu, Everest Room, Spiaggia and The Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock provided spectacular cuisine and views, there's just something about al fresco views of the city.

Both the Park Hyatt and The Peninsula offer fantastic bar views of the city but neither compares to the hoopla of the current "rooftop bar of the moment" at the Wit Hotel. I sent the JW's former Director of Sales and Marketing and current Wit Hotel Director of Sales, Michael Lyman, a text to see if he can get us in without having to sacrifice our entire day watching "VIP's" whizz through the mile long line to get in. For some reason, my text couldn't get through. Fortunately, we made it to the top before the evening crowd. Two comfortable lounge chairs for the Aquino party - check. A fantastic view of the city - double check.

The Rooftop Bar at the Wit makes the hotel. This is why you stay here. Forget the rooms, nest yourself with the beautiful people on the roof. Lounge beats provide a constant buzz. The flow of people is dizzying. Women in their summer moo-moo dresses. Men in Shanghai Tang's to microphone whispering Wit security officers in skin tight black jackets and black jeans. "Working women" type in butt hugging dresses with legs that reach all the way to China strut their way through the rooftop runway. Pretend you're not looking - check.

This place is a must stop on your next trip to Chicago. Believe it or not, the prices are reasonable, given the entertainment that comes with the views. Enjoy.

The Bar

Inside Lounge Seating

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