Fantastic Summer Day Parties in Chicago

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    Chicago Day Partying

    Women enjoying cocktails on urban rooftop
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    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.

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    Castaways

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    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.

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    Liquid Brunch at J. Parker

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    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 at 11:30 a.m. 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.

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    Feast in the Club at Soho House Chicago

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    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.

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    ROOF Sundays at theWit

    ROOF, rooftop Bar and Grill, The Wit Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    ••• rooftop Bar and Grill at The Wit Hotel, Chicago. Getty Images/Franz Marc Frei/LOOK-foto

    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.

    Set 27 stories above it all, the nightlife experience at the 7,000-square-foot lounge features the open air and stunning views of the Chicago River and Millennium Park