Brunch, booze, repeat. VU Rooftop Bar, the hot rooftop destination in the city's South Loop neighborhood at 133 East Cermak, is gearing up for the best season in Chicago - rooftop season - with the launch of their new brunch program, carefully curated by Executive Chef Nolan Narut. With an array of brunch options for every type of palate, guests will enjoy a selection of shareable brunch items paired with specialty cocktails to kick start the weekend right amongst friends and family, while taking in the drop-dead gorgeous views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier.
The brunch menu, available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., features a variety of flavorful options for guests to choose from, including a Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Belgian Waffle complete with a sweet chile sauce, scallions, and maple whipped butter, $16; Pork Belly Hash with crispy rice cake, poached eggs, togarashi, and hollandaise, $16; Salmon Lox and Everything Bagel with a spiced cream cheese, arugula, onions and orange supremes, $15; VU Brunch Sandwich, with a braised shortrib, fried egg, Texas toast, shallot jam, and provolone, $15; Lobster Chilaquiles, with a salsa verde, roasted corn, Chihuahua cheese, and sunny eggs, $18; and Puff Pastry Doughnuts, complete with a sweet bacon glaze and a guava mousse, $12.
Guests looking to make their brunch a little more boozy are invited to pair their meal with a selection of brunch cocktails, all $14, that include Bubbles #1 mixed with coconut arrack, citrus, pineapple, and cava; Brewed #1 with Sloe Gin, citrus, orange liqueur, and saison; Bloody #1 complete with Classico Mezcal, tomatillo, tomato, cucumber, garlic, and salsa verde; Gin #1 with alpine liqueur, vermouth bianco, citrus, aloe, and cucumber; and Pisco #1 mixed with citrus, blueberry tea, and soda; and Vodka #2 with Door County Cherry, orange liqueur, peach cordial, topped with prosecco, $15.
Brunch is served in VU's solarium bar, which offers both indoor and outdoor space, ideal for Chicago's sometimes-unpredictable weather. Retractable windows give guests a perfect, Instagram-worthy view of Lake Michigan, the ultimate backdrop for daytime drinking and brunch time lounging.
Patrons have the opportunity to revel in rooftop season all year long at this South Loop destination, which opened its doors in October 2018. VU offers over 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, with impressive outdoor water and fire fountains. In addition to the solarium bar, the interior includes an exclusive karaoke room, a boardroom, club bar, a sweeping 40 stool main bar with a stunning video wall and an abstract "Hidden Figures" mural, giving guests another picture-perfect opportunity.
The hours of operation for VU are Monday - Thursday 4 p.m. - 12 a.m., Friday from 4 p.m. - 1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Valet parking is available during all hours of operation. For more information about VU, visit vurooftop.com or call 312.528.0191.