The best way to really see Chicago, to really appreciate it, is to see it from a distance. The views of this Windy City are truly breathtaking. But where is the best place to see it from?
We have collected the best locations to get that epic panorama view over Chicago. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.
Willis Tower Skydeck
Standing 103 floors above the ground at the top of Willis Tower (Sears Tower), the Skydeck offers the most unique view of the city – from inside the building.
Standing in a glass box extended just under four-and-a-half feet off the side of the third tallest building in the world is a breath taking experience.
John Hancock Observatory
If you get to the John Hancock building before March 31 you will have an opportunity of a lifetime: the ability to ice skate at 1,000 feet inside a building!
The view from there is amazing, but the view from the Lavazza Espression Café is even better. Serving a variety of coffees and wine and spirits, at night this is the ideal spot to relax and watch the skyline light up.
Chicago Architecture Tour
Already seen the view from the top? How about the view from the water? There are a number of boats and architecture tours that will give you the inside scoop on Chicago’s unique architectural history.
From the ground up you will be able to see how some of Chicago’s most famous buildings fit into the landscape of the city.
Whether it’s the view from the lake or on the Chicago River, both are sure to impress.
Buckingham Fountain at Grant Park
Inside the expanse of Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain creates one of the most well known symbols of Chicago.
Shooting jets of water up to 150 feet into the air, the fountain is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Located in Grant Park the view is also well known as part of the opening for the television show, “Married with Children”.
If you don’t know “The Bean”, you need to get to Millennium Park stat!
Officially named “Cloud Gate,” this polished reflective sculpture in the heart of Millennium Park is a must see for those looking to grab an incredible view of the city skyline through a work of art.
Cubs Bleacher Seats
The view of the ivy covered walls from inside one of the oldest Major League Baseball stadiums in the country, Wrigley Field, is an amazing experience.
The view from the rooftops across the street is even better. The Wrigley Rooftops give baseball fans the most extraordinary stadium experience.
Above the field viewers get a birds eye view of the Wrigleyville neighborhood made famous by the city’s most loveable losers, the Chicago Cubs.
Oak Street Beach
Located just north of the Magnificent Mile the Oak Street Beach provides a wonderful opportunity for a classic Chicago photo of the Drake Hotel Chicago.
From the beach you can snap great shots of the downtown area and the city’s most famous street, Lake Shore Drive.
If you don’t feel like going out of your way to get a nice view over the city, there are some pretty neat Chicago condos where you can soak up the view without even having to step outside your door.