Haute Author

  • NAME Chris Smith
  • BIO Christopher Smith is a freelance writer and high-end fashion stylist from the south side of Chicago, IL. After attending the University of Iowa, he returned to his hometown of Chicago to start his writing career where he covers fashion, hospitality, restaurants and all things haute.

Articles By Chris Smith


“Check In” to the Cedar Hotel

The name may be a little misleading though, it’s not a hotel at all, instead it’s a restaurant that offers casual American cuisine and premium cocktails in a sought-after setting. The 2,000 square foot patio and the 2,500 square foot restaurant and bar welcomes guests for lunch, dinner and drinks, seven days a week. Read More


New Season at The Terrace at Trump

The newly expanded outdoor oasis, located on the 16th floor, now seats 250 guests, introducing 50 additional seats from previous years. The Terrace at Trump showcases unobstructed, picturesque views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and its famed bridges, as well as the summer fireworks displays from Navy Pier. Read More


Get Back to the Top at Twisted Spoke

For almost two decades, The Spoke's rooftop has been a must-visit during al fresco season, and the patio is now open for eating and drinking - day or night. Located in Chicago's hip West Town neighborhood, diners and imbibers can enjoy the Chicago skyline in the background and soak in rooftop patio history. Read More