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
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.
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 The Ferris Wheel has recently been replaced by a new and bigger version.
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.