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The 5 Best Rooftop Pools in Chicago

By Urbanmatter Chicago @UMatterChicago

Summer in Chicago is an exciting time of year. While you’re probably pumped to enjoy the outdoors each day, sometimes it’s difficult to find outdoor activities that won’t leave you dehydrated and sweaty. Luckily, Chicago has an awesome rooftop pool scene that’s perfect for cooling down in the heat. These swanky high-rise pools are a great way to spend an afternoon lounging out next to unbeatable views of Chicago.

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Soho House Chicago

This exclusive boutique hotel and private membership club boasts incredible skyline views on its pool deck. There’s an indoor area for dining that opens out onto the deck, a full-service bar with refreshing cocktails and kitchen with wood-fired oven, and comfortable, oversized chairs and couches that even have ports to charge your devices. Take a dip in the pool during the day to cool off and warm up at night next to the outdoor fireplace.

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The Robey

Wicker Park’s new hotspot is the recently opened, art deco-style hotel. The angular rooftop pool is located conveniently next to an extensive cocktail bar, and there’s plenty of seating around the deck. Book your stay and take in unique views of the Six Corners and city skyline as your swim and sip your night away.

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DoubleTree Mag Mile

After a long day of shopping and sightseeing in the city’s top tourism district, relax with a visit to this bright, sunny terrace that features a large and inviting outdoor pool. It’s open through early September, so make sure to grab your best swimsuit and plan your visit soon!

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East Bank Club

This 60,000 square-foot landscaped deck has no shortage of things to do on a summer day. Lay out in the sun while surrounded by beautiful landscaping. Need to cool down after a workout? Grab a snack or drink at The Sun Deck Cafe and swim in the large lap pool. Make it a family day and bring the kids to swim in the kiddie pool.

best rooftop pools chicago

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Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC) – West Loop

This isn’t just your ordinary gym lap pool. This swanky space in the trendy West Loop features luxe fountains and a fire pit for evening hours. Grab a drink from the bar and relax under the sun. Lounging out beats working out anyway.

The options are endless when it comes to finding a rooftop pool in Chicago – there’s something for everyone. Don’t let the summer pass you by before taking a dip at one of these scenic locations!


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