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Where To Find the Best Views in Chicago

24 May 2017 1

Between Chicago’s world renowned skyline and sparkling Lake Michigan, finding a good view in the city is generally as easy as looking out the window! With so many options of places to go to take in our beautiful city, we decided to rounded up six of our favorite Chicago views to get you started.

Marina City

We’d be remiss if we left Marina City off of our list. Marina City’s distinctive round shape allows for unique panoramic views from each unit. People often ask to rent or buy a condo as close to the top floor as possible, but since we’ve seen every view the towers have to offer, we’ll let you in on an inside secret: some of our favorite views are from units in the middle of the building! We keep our Instagram stocked with view photos, so check us out.


London House

Our second choice is admittedly a bit narcissistic London House Hotel opened last year, and its LH on 22 terrace offers sweeping views west down the Chicago River, including those of Marina City. London House, located at the corner of Michigan and Wacker, is housed in the London Guarantee and Accident Building that was completed in 1923. The terrace is located in the 22 story glass tower addition and is one of the hottest tables in town when the weather is nice.

(Photo courtesy of London House)


Cindy’s Rooftop

The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is located on Michigan Avenue in the restored 1890’s Chicago Athletic Association building. The building itself offers many stunning architectural details, most of which are available to the public, including the wood-paneled library that serves as the lobby of the hotel and multiple restaurants throughout. For the best views, take the elevator up to the top floor and step out into the bright glass-roofed dining space of Cindy’s Restaurant. Order a hand crafted cocktail at the bar and take a walk out onto the terrace for some of the best views of Millennium Park and Grant Park.

(Photo courtesy of Instagram: Emmersjo)


Museum Campus – Adler Planetarium

You’ve surely seen Chicago’s skyline view from Museum Campus. Its full skyline view is a favorite of wedding photographers, trolley drivers and local media. Even if you don’t have time to check out the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium or the Field Museum we recommend renting a Divvy bike or driving over to see one of the most recognizable views in the city.

(Photo courtesy of @bgallagherphotos on Instagram)


Signature Lounge at 96th

The Signature Lounge at the John Hancock Building has long been a hidden secret among Chicagoans in-the-know. It’s a great way to see the same views as the observatory (pictured below) while sipping a fancy drink and saving on the admission fee. As an added bonus, the women’s restroom is said to have the best view in the city!

(Photo Courtesy of The Signature Room on Facebook)


North Avenue Beach

Although Chicago has many great beaches along its 18 mile Lakefront Trail, one of the most well-known is North Avenue Beach. Just north of downtown, North Avenue Beach is home to beach volleyball leagues, the Air and Water Show, and Castaways Beach Bar and Grill, the can’t-miss red, white and blue ship. North Avenue Beach is a favorite for photographers at sunrise and sunset all year long. Pack a cooler and beach towel and enjoy the views!

(Photo courtesy of @bgallagherphotos on Instagram)

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