Chicago is a city like no other in the world; the perfect mixture of city life while still offering quiet, quaint neighborhoods. Whether you’re new to the city or you’re simply in town for the weekend, make sure to take advantage of some of the city’s best views from above.
There’s something magical about seeing the Windy City from a bird’s-eye view. But you may not know exactly where to go to get sweeping city views, especially with so many COVID-19-related closures. For the best skyline view near Chicago, we recommend the following:
Nature Boardwalk at the Lincoln Park Zoo
The Nature Boardwalk started as a man made pond in Lincoln Park but it has transformed into a picture-perfect garden accompanied by stunning city views. Enjoy the lush plants, foliage and sights of fall this time of year. This view is unique because you can see downtown from a distance.
360 Chicago Observation Deck
Head to the Loop for your next amazing view. At 360 Chicago, we offer some of the best views the city has to offer, all from the top of one of the tallest buildings in the city. See the city from all directions and enjoy TILT, Chicago’s highest thrill ride at 1,030 feet off the ground. If you’re parched, stop by BAR 94 on your way out to treat yourself to your cocktail of choice.
What’s a trip to Chicago without stopping at the Bean? Officially named “Cloud Gate,” this sculpture by Anish Kapoor is a huge attraction for tourists and locals alike. Take in the scenes of downtown and don’t forget to snap some selfies in the reflection of the Bean!
Chicago is a booming city with tons to explore. What’s your favorite undiscovered view of the city?