Why so few Chicago roof decks?

In the past four weeks I’ve spent a lot of time above Chicago, in the air and on high-rise and mid-rise roof decks.

From those vantage points I’ve seen a lot of private roof decks as well as shared ones on apartment buildings, and I’ve been led to wonder why there aren’t far more roof decks in the parts of Chicago where yard space and private balconies are virtually non-existent.

Chicago home buyers and renters, in theory, place a high value on private outdoor space. In practice, they pay to build few roof decks.

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