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12 S. Michigan Ave. (Monroe St.) Send to Phone
Airy cocktail bar and restaurant atop the trendy Chicago Athletic Association Hotel serving modern Midwestern fare alongside mixologist creations.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late

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Cindy's, Chicago, IL

Cindy's Restaurant Review

: This rooftop bar and restaurant at the trendy Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers killer panoramic views of Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park and Lake Michigan beyond via a small terrace open during warmer months or glassed-in windows from the main dining and congregating area. Be gone boys’ club of yesteryear; cherry-blonde wooden picnic tables in the center seat big groups of men and women looking to imbibe and share dishes, illuminated by the skylights overhead that create an airy, indoor-outdoor feel. Other high-tops are scattered all around, flanked by a long bar at the back where mixologists whip up classic and creative cocktails. The menu focuses on Midwestern-inspired dishes that change with the seasons and local food availability. Look for pan-fried smelt come summertime and milk-braised local pork shank with caramelized turnips in the fall. Desserts don’t miss either: boozy creations like a chocolate cake infused with Vietnamese coffee and Kahlúa ice cream and a Maker’s Mark pecan pie. A private seating area off to the side can be reserved for intimate gatherings. The room can crowd on weekends, so reservations, especially for larger groups, are recommended. Or expect a wait downstairs at the elevator bank.

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