John Hancock Center’s 360 Chicago
875 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
On a clear day, Chicago’s fourth tallest edifice offers unparalleled views of the city. You’ll have to pay an admission fee of $20, but the views at 360 Chicago will be well worth the cost. You will stand around 1,000 feet high above Michigan Ave. with views of the Lake and the city’s breathtaking architecture. Touch screens at the 94th floor facility inform viewers (in a half dozen or so languages) about the city’s history, natural elements and of course the architecture. 360 Chicago now boasts a café and bar to experience while you take in the view. After a drink, you may or may not want to experience TILT, a glass area which extends out so you can look directly over the specks of people and cars below.
233 South Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60602
Chicago’s tallest building earns a large revenue each year from locals and tourists who want to experience the Ledge. Glass boxes extend out more than four feet from the observatory called Skydeck, offering brave visitors the chance to get a unique and unobstructed view of the city below. The views are superlative from the 103rd floor, as are the thrills you will experience when you gaze straight down at the ground below you. The wait can be long at times, but the view will be well worth the delay.
77 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 606o2
The tallest church building on the planet, Chicago Temple is home to the oldest congregation in the city, First United Methodist Church of Chicago. The congregation took architect Daniel Burnham’s words to heart when they constructed this sky scraping church, “Make big plans; aim high in hope and work”. Visit the Sky Chapel on the building’s highest level during free tours Monday through Saturday at 2 p.m,. as well as on Sundays after each worship service.
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One E. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
The Kemper Building, one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers, has a 41st-floor observation deck that was once closed a mere decade after the building opened in the early 1960’s. The newly renovated space offers fantastic 360-degree views of the Chicago River and surrounding architecture. It’s accessible during special tours via the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
401 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago’s second-tallest building offers a magnificent view from The Terrace at Trump International Hotel and Tower. Perched on the 16th floor, one can expect amazing views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the Wrigley Building’s Clock Tower. It’s closed during the winter months, but when the weather cooperates seating is on a first come-first served basis. Nothing is cheap here, but neither is the view.