Some of Chicago’s best food can be found in ‘ma & pa’ restaurants and even on the sidewalk. To make your evening of dining out a true experience, a magnificent view of Chicago’s skyline is almost a must. These Chicago restaurants should be on everyone’s bucket-list. Whether you are just looking for a cocktail, or a full-meal, each establishment’s food and drink selection is sure to rival their view.

Signature Room at the 95th
The ’95’ in their name isn’t just thrown in there for show; located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center, they provide one of the most spectacular views in town. With floor-to-ceiling windows and a 360-degree view of the skyline, I would suggest showing up early to secure a window table; they are highly coveted.

Cite’ is perched atop the Lake Point Tower. One of the most unique perks about Cite’ is that its location allows for not only a magnificent view of the skyline, but also the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Cite was chosen for the 2012 Best of Chicago Award in the Eating Places category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

NoMI Kitchen
Do not let the fact that NoMI Kitchen is located in the Park Hyatt hotel deter you from indulging in this wonderful atmosphere. If the view of downtown Chicago doesn’t speak for itself, these awards should surely mean something: 2012 Chicago Tribune “3 Stars”, Zagat “Chicago’s 5 Best Brunch Spots”, and Daily Meal “101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World”. 2012 brought them even more awards.

The Chicago Stock Exchange is not on everyone’s bucket-list of things to go see in Chicago, but it should be. Located on the 40th floor is Everest restaurant. World-renowned for their food and wine selection, but unforgettable because of their view. Bronze sculptures and local paintings fill the interior with an equally pleasing view.

The J Parker
The J Parker is a great place to escape to in the winter, but even better in the summer. Their outside patio seats 140, while the inside seats 55 people. Located about the Hotel Lincoln, the location provides unobstructed water views.

Riva Restaurant
Riva Restaurant provides marvelous views from its location on Navy Pier. The skyline is in the distance, while Lake Michigan is almost within arms reach. Navy Pier is a great area to explore and Riva restaurant is just one more reason to go visit.

North Pond
This restaurant’s structure has humble beginnings as a warming hut for ice skaters that dates back to 1912. Today, it has been transformed into one of the city’s most intimate restaurant settings. It is situated on the edge of a pond in Lincoln Park; much different from all the high-rise Chicago restaurants. The skyline is still visible once your eyes make it past the pond and rich-green vegetation.

The backdrop provided by Sixteen, is only rivaled by the food served. Located on the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the view of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the Wrigley Clock Tower is perfect to allow your eyes indulge.

Fulton’s on the River
The thing that makes this establishment so special is right in the name. Situated directly on the Chicago River’s edge, the mood is relaxing yet sophisticated. It is the perfect place to view downtown lit up, while the river mimics the skyline above.

Terzo Piano
Terzo Piano is tucked away, above bountiful green gardens. Located in the serene North Garden, its elevated location allows your view to pan out over the lush vegetation. With its physical location in The Art Institute, the architecture and design of Terzo Piano is very modern.