Great Ways to See Chicago from Way Up

For visitors, seeing Chicago from above is a must. Even if you’ve lived in the Windy City for your whole life, it can be nice to get some perspective every once in a while. From up above, you can truly appreciate the diversity of this wonderful city and everything it has to offer.

Willis Tower Skydeck

via Flickr user David Berkowitz

via Flickr user David Berkowitz

First things first. When in Chicago on a clear day, seeing Chicago from the Willis Tower Skydeck is a no brainer. It’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere! If you’re daring enough, step out onto the glass ledge of the boxes as well, where you can look down below your feet toward ant-sized cars and buildings that look like they came from your old Lego set. If it’s a clear day and you go up during the daytime, you can see not only the city and Illinois, but also Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan! Going at night is a different experience altogether, and seeing the city lights, and those of the states across the lake, can be one heck of a Kodak moment.

John Hancock Building

via Flickr user TheeErin

via Flickr user TheeErin

While the Willis Tower viewing costs a bit of money, seeing the city from the John Hancock Observatory is cheaper, and if you want a drink to go along with the view, why not check out The Signature Room at the 95th? The drink prices are a little steep, but nothing beats feeling like you’re on top of the world with a drink in hand. It may not be as high as the Willis Tower, but it’s pretty close.

Helicopter View of Chicago

via Flickr user ShutterRun

via Flickr user ShutterRun

This one is the most expensive option, but nothing beats a Chicago Helicopter Tour. If you feel like splurging, it’s certainly money well spent. Chicago is 234 square miles, and this is your only shot at seeing every bit of it.

Set Your Sights

When it comes to seeing Chicago from the sky, a picture doesn’t quite cover it. While some apartment buildings and hotel rooms can certainly lend a great view from the window, the options above are sure to blow your hair back. If you wear a hairpiece, you might want to hold onto it, especially if you’re in the helicopter.

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