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The Best Spots To Capture Chicago’s Skyline

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Updated: 24 November 2016
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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

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.

Skydeck Chicago, Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 875 9447

The Art Institute of Chicago

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.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 443 3600

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

From rides to museums, the Navy Pier is full of entertainment you won’t want to miss. But be sure to take a ride on the Ferris Wheel at the end of the pier. Not only will you be on for a fun ride, but you will also be able to see an incredible view of the city once you hit the top. The Ferris Wheel has recently been replaced by a new and bigger version.

Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

ROOF on theWit

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.

Roof on theWit, 201 North State Street, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 239 9501

Rush University Parking Garage

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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.
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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.

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