Perched five stories above Rush Street on the top floor of the Conrad Chicago
, The Terrace at Conrad opens seasonally to provide a sky-high retreat reminiscent of 1950s South Beach. While the rooftop deck is only open "weather permitting," it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the city views and lush landscape.
A stunning bar sits out of the way from plush over-sized lounge chairs, sofas and daybeds. Umbrellas offer a little cover from the sun when partaking in afternoons high above the concrete.
The restaurant's globally inspired tapas menu has a range of eclectic options, cooked in fresh ways. A range of hors d'oeuvres is available, like the crispy okra served with tart pomegranate and mango salt ($8). Executive Chef Baasim Zafar presents several savory dishes, including the specialty "Thalis." These Asian-inspired sandwiches (such as the Vietnamese-style Prime) are served with soup du jour, truffled potato chips, red house slaw and a daily dessert for $15. A must-try is the signature Terrace Tini, made of Malibu Passion Fruit, Cassis Liqueur, grapefruit juice and lavender essence.
On Sundays and Mondays, you can make it movie night at The Terrace at Conrad. Classic Chicago-based movies like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Sixteen Candles" and "The Blues Brothers" play under the stars at sunset.
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Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Pasha Carroll