Chicago is a beautiful city with renowned architecture and a prime position along shimmering Lake Michigan. Accordingly, there are many great places to take in those picture-perfect vistas — including these five unforgettable vantage points.
Lined with limestone blocks, Promontory Point — a stunning arc of land in Burnham Park — is accessible from the Lakefront Trail and it’s one of the best places in the city to reflect on the skyline and Lake Michigan’s watery expanse.
The 96th-floor Signature Lounge and Signature Room at the 95th (875 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-9596, signatureroom.com ) cap the John Hancock Center, with two-story windows for taking in sunset’s golden glow.
Although tourists do flock to the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-7437, navypier.org), locals hop aboard the Ferris wheel, too. Soaring to nearly 200 feet, it offers uninterrupted views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.
Provided you don’t mind the out-of-towners, the 360 Chicago (875 N. Michigan Ave., 888-875-8439) observatory is worth the ascent. Perched on the 94th floor of the John Hancock building, it’s set 1,000 feet in the air, with views of four states on a clear day. Alternately rise to the 103rd floor of Willis — colloquially Sears — Tower Skydeck (233 S. Wacker Dr., 312-875-9696), where The Ledge — hangs 1,353 feet above ground, jutting off the skyscraper’s side.
At the corner of Damen, Milwaukee and North Avenues in Wicker Park, you’ll be met with one of the best — and least capitalized on — views in Chicago. Head 13 floors up the historic The Robey to reach the Up Room (2018 W. North Ave., 872-315-3050, therobey.com), a rooftop hotel bar with expansive skyline panoramas.
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