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Eat With a Chicago View to Beat the Winter Blues

Cabin fever make you want to die? Get your Chicago View this winter. Before succumbing to the throes of seasonal affective disorder, bundle up and head upwards, to bars and restaurants where you can dine and drink with spectacular views that will make you actually sorta like winter. You know, for the views not the frostbite. Here are some places where you can eat to beat the winter blues.

C-View

(C-View Restaurant)

Nestled atop the Hotel Lincoln, the J. Parker is a rooftop restaurant with ravishing Chicago views of Lincoln Park and the lake. With a chef like Paul Virant curating the small plates, you know this isn’t your average bar. Snacks include deviled eggs with curry and chile oil, smoked cheddar and ale dip, roasted Brussels sprouts, dry-aged braised beef with whole-wheat spaetzle, and the J. Parker burger made with dry-aged beef, butterkase cheese, Belly Fire mayo, lettuce, charred onion, and pickles. The drinks are just as divine, with cocktails divvied into J. Parker Classics and Seasonal Specialties. Classics include the Tax Exempt, made with lavender-infused Death’s Door gin, Amaro Nonino, Earl Grey syrup, and lemon; and the State of Limitations featuring ancho-infused Herradura tequila, Cointreau, and lime. For seasonal drinks, there’s the Apres Ski with Old Overholt rye, allspice dram, Kalani rum, Carpano Antica, and an Abuelita chocolate ice cube, among lots of others.

 

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