It’s early June, which means a special day is coming up soon – Father’s Day! What better way to celebrate our dads on June 18 and show appreciation other than introducing them to some of Chicago’s finest restaurants and rooftop bars? Besides, everyone knows the true way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Here are a few of the city’s most intriguing places where you can take dad on Father’s Day.
Maple & Ash is perfect for any meat-eater who also has a side of curiosity. This two-level restaurant, complete with a downstairs lounge leading to the upstairs dining room, is perfect for any cool dad. Maple & Ash is not only impressive because of items on the menu such as the “28 Day Dry-Aged Tomahawk,” but it’s also impressive because of the scenery. The dim restaurant takes home the trophy for setting the atmosphere for a luxurious, yet laid back, environment, featuring a wooden ceiling top, pearl made chandeliers and vibrant colored furniture. Brunch 10 a.m-2 p.m., dinner 5 p.m-10 p.m., 8 W. Maple St., 312-944-8888, mapleandash.com
Show your dad how much you love him by showing him a breathtaking view on the 18th floor at GreenRiver, which offers amazing views of Chicago’s skyline and Lake Michigan. GreenRiver offers white marble seating booths on the inside, and warm couches and chairs under the sun on the outside. Father’s Day brunch features delicious new items like “Slagel Farms Steak & Eggs,” which includes hash browns and choron sauce. Brunch 11 a.m-3 p.m., 259 E. Erie St., 312-337-0101, greenriverchi.com
Friendly, enormous and energetic, IO Godfrey at the Godfrey Hotel is another great place to take dad out to on his special day. With phenomenal views of the city from outside of the lounge to the trendy atmosphere on the inside of the lounge, IO Godfrey offers a special Father’s Day brunch of steak benedict, waffle station and crab cake benedict. Not only is there a special brunch, but there’s also a chance to win a Titleist golf bag. 127 W. Huron Ave., 312-649-2000, godfreyhotelchicago.com
Dig in at Cindy’s Rooftop! This rooftop restaurant offers delicious items on their menu, like a juicy prime tomahawk ribeye. And not only is the food as good as it sounds, but the view is also simply astonishing. Overlooking Lake Michigan, there’s no wonder why Cindy’s Rooftop is one of the most popular hot spots around. 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-792-3502, cindysrooftop.com
Like most dads, many like to be catered to on Father’s Day. If this is the case for your dad, then the perfect place to celebrate is none other than Lawry’s The Prime Rib. The menu includes prime ribs, salad bowls, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and creamed corn. The menu even features a half prime rib, which is sure to satisfy the whole gang. 100 E. Ontario St., 312-787-5000, lawrysonline.com
Thompson Chicago, the trendy stay in Chicago’s glamorous Gold Coast neighborhood, also happens to serve up a mean meal. Nico Osteria provides a masculine, comfortable ambiance to enjoy a gin and tonic or indulge in American-style fare for brunch, lunch or dinner. One thing you won’t want to miss? Award-winning Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky’s post-meal delicacies. 21 E. Bellevue Plaza, 312-266-2100, thompsonhotels.com, nicoosteria.com