Sunday, September 27, 2015

Chicago: Places to go for the best Skyline photos

1. Riverfront Walk

Arguably the best way to see Chicago, is to jump on Chicago First lady cruise. On this cruise you can get an overview of the city, its history and architecture, not to forget it is one of the best ways to take in the grandeur of Chicago skyline! Another budget friendlier option is to stroll along the water.

2. Cloud Gate/”The Bean”

Come and take a photo of the fun “fish-eye view” reflection of the Chicago skyline! This stainless steel bean shape structure had become synonymous with the city of “Chicago”.

3. Grant Park

Take a photo of the Chicago skyline together with the Magnificent fountain of Buckingham. If you visit in the evening, there will be a musical light fountain show to enjoy!

4. Chicago Cultural Center (highly recommended by my host!)

A Free exhibition well worth your time, see: Tiffany glass-domes. The views of Michigan Ave. and Millenium Park across the street from the upper floors of the Center are interesting and educational.

5. Bridges in and around Millennium park

This is a random find, but I'm lovin' this.

6. Michigan Avenue Bridge

Don't forget to check out the view from the Michigan Avenue bridge--great photos opportunities!

7. 360 Chicago Observation Deck (The best, recommended by my host Jorie and Claire)

Located right next to the Water Tower. If you loved Top of the Rock/ Empire state building in NYC, don’t miss what the Chicago skyline has to offer! Locals call this place the John Hancock observatory, and one great thing about it is: You can either buy a ticket for one visit, or for a morning plus night visit to see how the skyline changes!

8. Signature Room and Signature Lounge

When I was in the John Hancock tower, it was raining, then “out of no where” (just to make it sounds more dramatic), I saw a sign to the Signature room. One floor above the Observatory and I get a fancy lunch, with a fair price! What a good find!

9. Skydeck Chicago

courtesy of skydeck
Located in the Willis/ Sears Tower, this is another good place to see Chicago skyline. Four sided views from high in the sky and if you are up for some good adrenaline rush, take on the adventurous "Ledge"! Conquer your fear of height by stepping out from the edge, looking straight down to the city through the glass.

10 Lincoln Park Zoo

Easily accessible with the city bus, it is a free attraction and offers a lot of photo opportunities of the Chicago skyline. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it under the hive structure.If you have time, check out the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

11. Adler Planetarium 

This is a cool place to hang out if you like stars, even if you don’t, the view of Chicago skyline near the planetarium is a W-I-N-N-E-R! And if you happen to be there on a Saturday evening, stay a little longer to watch the fireworks show from Navvy Pier.

12. Shedd Aquarium

With $8, you can easily spend all day exploring the aquarium. If your forehead spells “YOLO”, add on a shark feeding session (plan early). You can take an amazing photo of the skyline indoor or outdoor!

13. Navy Pier

Must see for first timer in Chicago. If your budget allows, take the iconic Ferris Wheel ($6) for some great shots over the city. ** currently close for reconstruction, reopen summer 2016

14.   Promontory Point

image via wikipedia
The views of Downtown over the lake on a sunny day is simply breathtaking!

15. Lurie Garden of Millennium Park

Skyline and beautiful flowers, the perfect combination. When I was there, there are 2 couples taking wedding photos in the park.

16. Whole Foods Market

The place to go for groceries! The view is the reason why you should shop here.

17. Other great spots(Restaurants and bars)

Hyatt Regency Chicago,  NoMI, Lake Point Tower Restaurant, Vertigo Sky Lounge, The Wit Rooftop, Trump Tower, IIT Tower

Thank You for Reading!
 This post is based solely on my opinion or personal experience.
 If you more suggestions , feel free to share your thoughts with me by commenting below!

No comments: