The Chicago City Council approved a trial program that allows downtown rooftop bars and outdoor gardens to stay open one hour later. The measure, recommended by the Illinois Restaurant Association, the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, allows venues to stay open until midnight seven days a week.
According to Alderman Brendan Reilly, the extra hour applies to approximately 70 bars within the 42nd ward, which basically encompasses the Loop, River North and the Gold Coast. To celebrate an extra hour of alfresco drinking fun, the Chicago Loopster team picked out six stellar outdoor options.
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