August is here and your days spent sipping a glass of wine on Chicago's patios or rooftops are numbered. Jessica Altieri, CEO and Founder of Wine Channel TV, tells us where to get your fill of vino before the season's over.
A glass of wine enjoyed alfresco on the river accompanied by artisanal cheese, cured meats, and live music… plus you can dock your boat next to the bar? Happy Hour has never sounded so happy. Live music runs Thursdays-Sundays from 3-6 p.m. 11 W. Riverwalk S., 312-229-5593
A breathtaking 22-story view calls for a wine list that matches, and you get just that and more at London House. Pause between sips of champagne to peruse food offerings that are tailor-made for a swanky rooftop, such as chilled seafood platters and tomahawk steaks to share. 85 E. Wacker Dr., 312-357-1200
Feel far removed from the Mag Mile madness at Park Hyatt Hotel's rooftop sanctuary, NoMi. Panoramic rooftop views of Chicago pair with a wine list that's earned a Best of Award of Excellence and first-class service to leave you feeling refreshed and recharged to take on the summer heat. 800 N. Michigan Ave., 312-239-4030
As Vera co-owner and wine director Liz Mendez said, “We love summer at Vera, on the plate and in the glass”—and you can definitely feel that vibe from the second you arrive. Savor Spanish tapas and dishes comprising killer summer vegetables from local farmers to complement the extensive rosé selection. With over 20 rosés by the bottle, plus two by the glass and a rosé of the day in a carafe, Vera will have you saying #YesWayRosé all day long. 1023 W. Lake St., 312-243-9770
Need a getaway without leaving the city? Welcome to Oyster Bah, where you’ll feel instantly transported to coastal New England. “We serve simple preparations on ultra-fresh seafood—when you source great fish you don't have to over-complicate it,” wine director Nate Redner explains. With over 30 wines by the glass, focusing on bright, white wines ranging from Grüner Veltliner to Grignolino, the world really is your oyster here. 1962 N. Halsted St., 773-248-3000