Best Chicago Skyline Photo Opportunities

The Chicago skyline is world famous, and for a very good reason. It’s almost impossible to visit Chicago and not see it, but how do you get the best Chicago skyline photo? Whether you’re a professional photographer or just have a smartphone, going to one of these places will give you a big beautiful view of the city. Perfect or that memorable selfie and Instagram account!

Here is a list of the best places to capture your Chicago skyline photo. Remember to check the weather before you go to make sure you will have good visibility.

Whole Foods Market

1101 Canal St #107, Chicago, IL 60607

This may not be a traditional place to view the glorious Chicago skyline, but you can get an amazing view here! This is one of the best kept secrets for viewing the skyline and admission is free. With the large windows and open floor plan, there is plenty of space to view the skyline.

The Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

The Art Institute has some great views of the Chicago skyline. If you are an Illinois resident, you can view the skyline for free on Thursdays from 5-8pm. This is perfect for the locals who want to take a glimpse at the skyline. For every other day, and for those who live out of state, admission is $23. On the bright side, showing your student ID will get you $5 off!

We want to take this moment to let you know that several of places on our list can be accessed when you purchase a Chicago CityPass which can save you over 50% off the listed admission price into The Shedd Aquarium, The Skydeck at Willis Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago & The Field Museum. If you plan to visit these places during your trip it’s worthwhile to check if this can help save you money.


The Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

If you are already planning on going to the aquarium, you can get a good view of the Chicago skyline too! The Shedd Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country and its home to countless amazing exhibits. Admission to the aquarium is $89, so if you plan on going make the most out of your visit and check out the Chicago skyline on the upper level!

Lake Point Tower Restaurant

505 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

The Lake Point Restaurant has some incredible skyline views of the city as well as Lake Michigan! Admission is free, and you can also get a great meal while you are there!

Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower)

233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

Willis tower, formerly the Sears Tower, is one of the most popular places to view the skyline in the city. It features a see through glass floor on the edge of the building, where you can walk out and get a great view of the city. Admission varies, but it’s usually less than $20. Be sure to check for discounts they do offer them frequently.

ROOF on theWIT

201 North State Street, 27th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601

This rooftop view is completely free to check out depending on the date. It’s usually busy, but there are some great views of the city that can be captured here.

Chicago Helicopter Experience

2420 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

For those who want to have a fun experience alongside getting a good skyline view or picture, you can always charter a helicopter ride. If you get a group to all pitch in, the price can drop substantially.

Have you taken a great Chicago skyline photo from a different location? Let us know where below.

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