You can do Sundays in Chicago two ways: Spend it chilling out at one of the top brunch spots or hit up a cheery day party at one of many hot spots around town. For your indulgence, we've rounded up a fun list of afternoon delights certain to kick off your week in great spirits, from a rockin' beach party to a stylish brunch set showcasing one of the city's top deejay talents.
Few spots around town allow full-on beachwear, and thankfully Castaways is one of them. The nautically themed, alfresco venue is on North Avenue Beach and is situated directly above the volleyball courts. It's a great perch for people watching, especially if you reserve one of the cabanas accommodating up to 12 guests. To keep it jumpin', there's live music every Sunday. The menu offers salads, wraps, sandwiches and a nice list of frozen cocktails.
Liquid Brunch at J. Parker
Light bites with a spectacular view, a deejay cranking out contemporary beats and beautiful people everywhere? That's what you will get at J. Parker, the glamorous rooftop lounge of Hotel Lincoln. The doors open just before noon for folks to indulge in a seasonal menu of pub fare that includes a signature burger, hummus, wings and Midwestern cheeses. It also boasts a strong cocktail program and lots of choices for bubbles. The panoramic sparkling city views can be seen from every angle out of the floor-to-ceiling windows or on the patio that overlooks Lincoln Park and the Lincoln Park Zoo treetops.
Feast in the Club at Soho House Chicago
West Loop luxe hotel Soho House Chicago hosts an exclusive day party every Sunday for members and guests of the property. "Feast in the Club" takes place in the club bar on the fifth floor and the spread includes everything from made-to-order omelets to a massive raw bar. A band plays lively New Orleans music, blues, and jazz throughout the event. Folks eventually venture to the next level to settle around the pool boasting a great view of the city's skyline. Soho House is the place to see and be seen—wear your most stylish outfit and join the party, just remember that no photographs are allowed in the members-only areas. What happens at Soho, stays at Soho.
ROOF Sundays at theWit
Another popular rooftop lounge, roof at theWit not only boasts one of the top day parties in the city, but it's also been recognized nationally for its Sunday shenanigans. Each summer there's a different theme, and the colorful event also includes fashion shows, spontaneous live music, cocktails and more.
ROOF Sundays feels like a true nightlife experience -- even though it begins at 2 p.m. -- with electronic deejays spinning and guests clamoring to reserve booths for bottle service and punch bowls. The menu includes savory, shareable bites like jerk chicken flatbread and tempura lobster rolls as well as throwback desserts like strawberry shortcake macarons, mint chip ice cream sandwiches and salted chocolate chip cookies.