Even on a less-than-ideal evening, weather-wise, the Hyatt Centric's rooftop bar, Aire (100 W. Monroe St., Loop, 312-236-1234) makes a good first impression. Thanks to skyline views and office-building adjacencies, expect it to be slammed all through the summer.

That view deserves multiple shout-outs, as the deck has great vistas to the east, south, and west. You can take it in from couches and chairs surrounding fire pits, a layout tailor-made for after-work confabs. After these photos were taken, a canopy went up over part of the space so it's a little more suited for weather emergencies, but for the most part, it's ideal for sunning yourself while sipping one of five beers on tap. 

Here's what we saw when we stopped in on Friday evening.