Farm-to-table, fresh, sustainable, organic — these words that flutter around restaurants have a lot of hype nowadays. Yet, when you’re living in a concrete jungle that’s miles away from the nearest farm, what do those words really mean?
Homestead on The Roof has answered that question by placing your dining experience right in the middle of their West Town onsite, outdoor, organic garden. Talk about farm fresh.
This charming rooftop restaurant is nestled above Roots Pizza, owned by the same founders of Homestead, and features a lush, glass-encased patio. Right beside it is the 3,500-square-foot L-shaped rooftop farm with two massive, vertical hanging gardens and dozens of planter boxes full of seasonal fruits, veggies, and herbs.
Among all of that is space for 85 seats to make for a dining oasis unlike anything else in Chicago.
If being ever so slightly exposed to the outdoors in the chilly Chicago winter isn’t exactly your cup of tea, don’t worry. Homestead has intimate indoor seating with candlelit tables and even offers a cozy fireplace.
At Homestead, every detail is considered and the produce that goes into each menu item is certainly no exception.
Each winter, their team writes their menus based entirely around their planting schedule. This allows the chefs complete freedom to let the plants and their harvests dictate the direction of how they craft their knockout, passion-fueled meals.
The seasonally tailored dishes are obviously changing year round, but they always tend to feature fresh takes (literally) on fan-favorite dishes like steak, crab cakes, seasonal soups, and charcuterie boards.
Desserts are always in fashion, too. Approachable sweets like key lime pies, strawberry shortcakes, and ice creams are sure to pop up on the menu.
Fitt Tip: Homestead’s happy hours are incredible due to its fully-stocked bars, handcrafted cocktails, and 100-bottle spirit list.
Homestead on the Roof is not always open for business due to its seasonal shtick, hibernating for the winter. However, the restaurant emerges briefly for a seasonal re-opening during Chicago Restaurant Week in January. Then, after that week, they’ll be back open for business at their homestead—1924 W Chicago Ave.— in the spring. Caveat: they do offer private and customizable catering all year.
Regardless, being in this hidden gem among gardens, soft string lights, a full bar, and a team that ensures they serve the highest quality produce possible will no doubt make for a dreamy experience. So, go ahead and make it a part of your next dining-out plan and thank us later.
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