Check Out the Top 5 Views in Chicago

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.

  1. 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.
  2. The 96th-floor Signature Lounge and Signature Room at the 95th (875 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-9596, ) cap the John Hancock Center, with two-story windows for taking in sunset’s golden glow.
  3. Although tourists do flock to the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-7437,, locals hop aboard the Ferris wheel, too. Soaring to nearly 200 feet, it offers uninterrupted views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.
  4. 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.
  5. 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,, a rooftop hotel bar with expansive skyline panoramas.

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