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Riu Plaza Chicago Will Have Jaw-Dropping Rooftop Terrace

The glass balcony on the 26th floor will offer breathtaking, transparent views of the city beneath those gathering

By Todd R. Berger

8.4.23 Riu Plaza Chicago Glass Terrace
Rendering of the rooftop terrace of the Riu Plaza Chicago | Courtesy of Riu Hotels & Resorts

Construction is underway on the 28-floor building that will house the future hotel Riu Plaza Chicago, with several floors already standing above-ground. The details of the hotel chain’s new major project in the United States are starting to come to light. One of the most eye-catching features is the future sky bar on floor 26, where guests will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the city. As seen in the recently presented images, the terrace will also have a head-spinning focal point: a glass balcony hanging 289 feet above the ground. The bravest visitors will be able to enjoy views of the heart of the city from this transparent balcony, which will allow them to see everything going on beneath their feet.

The future hotel, which is set to open its doors in 2024 with a 4-star rating, will be located at 150 E. Ontario St. in the Streeterville neighborhood, near the Magnificent Mile and close to Navy Pier, with the Chicago River to the south and Lake Michigan to the east. With 390 rooms, the Riu Plaza Chicago will join RIU’s existing portfolio in the country, including Riu Plaza hotels in Miami, Florida; San Francisco, California; and New York.