Get Great Views of the City From Up High

Monday, September 28th, 2015 | Posted in: Apartment Living

Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower

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How would you like to stand above the city on the 103rd floor and look down as if you were floating on air? You can if you visit the ledges at Willis Tower. This attraction lets you walk out onto a few see-through ledges that hang out over the observation deck. You’ll be able to look down and see the city below you.

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While at Skydeck Chicago, you’ll be able to do a lot more than just walk out on the famous ledges. You can take your picture with the massive 103 sculpture and play Chicago trivia games. Once you’re at the exhibit on the 103rd floor, there are interactive touch screens and exhibits to see. While you’re up 1,353 feet in the air, catch a glimpse of four different states.

You will also get to watch the movie “Reaching For the Sky.” This film is nine minutes and tells “the story of Chicago’s rise to the architectural world.”

The ledges jets out over the city four feet. Many people don’t know that the ledges are retractable. There are a total of three glass bottom skyboxes.

Look who stopped by Willis Tower yesterday to light out holiday tree and visit #SkydeckChicago… Charles Tillman of the #ChicagoBears! Thanks for visiting! #Chicago #Bears

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Basic admission to Skydeck Chicago is $19.50 for adults and $12.50 for children ages three to eleven. The attraction is located at the Willis Tower, which you can find at 233 South Wacker Drive. Skydeck is open 360 days a year!

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

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Navy Pier is one of the most visited sites in all of Chicago. This beautiful pier is iconic to the city and has lots to do and see. While you can get a good view of the city skyline by walking to the end of the pier, you can get the very best view by riding the Navy Pier ferris wheel.

Now, just last night the old ferris wheel was open for the very last time. It will be replaced with a newer and taller ferris wheel in 2016. This is all part of the ongoing efforts to update the pier for their centennial anniversary.

Even though you won’t be able to ride on the wheel set up in 1995, you’ll be able to ride the newest one which will have climate controlled gondolas.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the wheel was open all night on Saturday, September 26th. A total of 30,000 riders lined up over the weekend to ride the ferris wheel and about 7,200 riders rode it Saturday night. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among the group of last riders.

Due to the popularity of the #Ferrwell, we strongly recommend you be in line with your purchased ticket by 6:30 p.m. to ride. #navypier #chicago

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Be on the lookout for the ferris wheel and get ready to get another great view of the city once again!

The Signature Lounge

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There is a lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Tower! The Signature Lounge is one of the best places to grab a cocktail on Michigan Avenue. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a magnificent view as you nibble on small bites and catch up over a glass of wine.

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If you’re willing to wait, you can grab a table right beside the windows. One of my favorite parts about this view is that you can see the cross steel braces that support the skyscraper up close. Food and drinks are pricey, but if you go before the sun sets you can see the city during the day and night. Along with tables, there is a bar running alongside the window so you can sit and see straight out.

Drinks are about $15-20. I’ve personally had the Godiva martini and it’s delicious. I’m not sure if it’s worth $15, but the view makes it easier to cough up the cash.

We never get tired of looking out our windows – especially on a perfect fall evening! #Chicago #signatureroom #thisischicago

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There are a few different $10 desserts to choose from. Banana Tiramisu is made of banana, Kahlua, creme anglaise, and espresso. Another favorite is the White & Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake. This yummy dish has chocolate coffee creme anglaise, sour cherry sauce, and chocolate tuile.

The Signature Lounge is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00am until 12:30am. On Friday and Saturday nights it’s open until 1:30am. You can’t get reservations, but you can wait once you get there for a good view. If you want to do dinner instead, check out the more expensive Signature Room, located on the 95th floor.  

Insider Tip: the very best view is from the women’s restroom. The ride up the elevator is also pretty exciting.