The Best Spots To Capture Chicago’s Skyline

Aerial View of Chicago | © Vxla/Flickr
Aerial View of Chicago | © Vxla/Flickr
Photo of Samantha Looney
24 November 2016

From the one-of-a-kind Tilt at the John Hancock Center to the infamous Skydeck at Willis Tower, Chicago is full of awe-inspiring and captivating skyline sights. Whether you’re looking to capture an iconic Instagram photo or just want to enjoy the captivating experience of the city’s skyscrapers, we promise you that every one of these views is worth the price.

360 Chicago

For one of the best views of Chicago, go up 94 floors inside the John Hancock building and visit the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Look out on the city from all 360 degrees, and then with interactive touch screens, click and learn about the history, architecture, scenery, and culture of the sights in front of you. While you’re up there, be sure to experience the thrill of the ‘Tilt’ and view the city at a whole new angle. This observatory has some of the best views of The Willis Tower, Lake Point Tower, and Aon Center. Be sure to arrive first thing in the morning for the shortest lines and fewest crowds.

360 Chicago, 875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 654 2892

Skydeck Chicago

Looking down through the transparent glass balcony of the Skydeck 103 floors up at the Willis Tower in Chicago
© Richard Ellis / Alamy Stock Photo
For incredible views of Chicago and a glimpse of up to four states, explore the infamous Willis Tower Skydeck. Formerly the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower is one of Chicago’s tallest and most famous buildings. It is also the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Step out on ‘The Ledge’, which extends four feet outside of the building and see views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The Skydeck is open 365 days of the year, so no matter what time of year you choose to visit, you can be always be on top of Chicago’s world.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Art Gallery
You can’t go to Chicago without visiting The Art Institute of Chicago. While you’re there, not only will you be mesmerized by beautiful art, but you’ll also see spectacular views of the city. Make sure to go to the Modern Wing for an incredible view of Millennium Park, or go up to the restaurant and enjoy views of the city while eating a delicious meal.

ROOF on theWit

Bar, American, $$$
The ROOF on theWit is a rooftop lounge. With live music and artists playing almost daily, the bar is very popular among locals, especially during the summer months. Sip on a cocktail while sitting by the fireplace and enjoying up close views of the Marina Towers. We suggest coming for Happy Hour and staying long enough to watch the sun set over the city.

Rush University Parking Garage

Rush University Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center | © Nathan Hicks/Wikimedia Commons
You might not be planning on going back to college, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting Rush University. Surprisingly enough, the University’s parking garage has one of the most breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline. And it’s off-the-beaten tourist track, so you won’t have to fight through crowds of people in order to capture the perfect picture of the Chicago skyline.

From a Helicopter

A helicopter tour is by far the best way to see the Chicago skyline along with an aerial view of the entire city. It’s also the most expensive, but it’s worth it for the absolutely unforgettable experience. We suggest a sunset tour, because there’s nothing like seeing the sun set over the city from above. For those on a budget, a boat tour is a good alternative.

Aerial View of Chicago | © Vxla/Flickr

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