Best Chicago Skyline Views

Looking for the best Chicago skyline views? I have put together a list of the best places to take pictures of Chicago’s skyline. Many of these places are also on my list for the most instagrammable places in Chicago.

Best Chicago Skyline Views

Lincoln Park

Chicago skyline view from Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park has great chicago skyline views. One of best places to photograph the Chicago skyline is from the bridge over the South Pond.

Chicago River and Chicago Riverwalk

The Chicago Riverwalk offers great skyline views
There are many places to take skyline photos from the Chicago Riverwalk along the Chicago River or even the bridges crossing the Chicago River.

Ping Tom Memorial Park

Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood is a hidden gem. It is close to the Chinatown-Cermak red-line train station and you can also take a water taxi from downtown.

Milton Lee Olive Park

Milton Lee Olive Park is a hidden gem on Lake Michigan offering spectacular views of the city and lakefront, serene paths, and circular fountains. It is located just north of Navy Pier and east of Ohio Street Beach. Sunset is the best time for photos.



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360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory) on the 94th floor of the 875 North Michigan Avenue (the building formerly known as the John Hancock Center) is another observatory with great panoramic views of Chicago.

The highlight is TILT an enclosed moving platform that tilts you out over Michigan Avenue.

Tip: 360 CHICAGO gets crowded especially on weekends.  For fewer crowds visit right after it opens during midweek.

READ: Best Chicago Photography Spots for more Chicago photo spots.

LondonHouse Chicago


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LH Rooftop rooftop bar located on top of the LondonHouse Chicago hotel has great views of the river.

Kennedy Rooftop at Hyatt Place Wicker Park


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Kennedy Rooftop located on the seventh floor of the Hyatt Place Wicker Park has great skyline views.

What are your favorite Chicago skyline views?

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