Chicago's incredible skyline
is not only impressive from the ground, but from the tops of the towering
skyscrapers, a new world unfolds. Ensure your groups get the bird's-eye view of
the city with some of these elevated experiences.
DO: TILT at 360 CHICAGO
875 N. Michigan Ave., 888-875-8439, 360chicago.com
Give your groups a whole new view of the city at Chicago's newest attraction, TILT at 360 Chicago. A first-of-its-kind experience, TILT extends visitors out and over The Magnificent Mile and Chicago's skyline, giving them a unique, downward facing view from 1,000 feet in the air. Cost: $5, plus cost of general admission.
DARE: The Ledge at the Willis Tower
233 S. Wacker Dr., 312-875-9696, theskydeck.com
A thrilling experience awaits groups on the 103rd floor of Chicago's tallest building, the Willis Tower. Visitors can step outside the building on The Ledge's glass boxes that extend out from the Skydeck, and peer down 1,353 feet to the busy streets below. The Skydeck is open year round, offering stunning views of Chicago, as well as interactive exhibits and a theater presentation.
201 E. Delaware Pl., 312-933-4805, drumbar.com
Give groups a true Chicago experience with a stop at a rooftop bar. Considered the ultimate penthouse, drumBAR is located on the top floor of the Raffaello Hotel in the Gold Coast. It features an intimate indoor lounge and an outdoor terrace with spectacular views of Lake Michigan. Groups can order classic cocktails from the bar, and spend a relaxing evening above the city.
DWELL: Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-7827, adlerplanetarium.org
Launch groups to new heights at Adler Planetarium. The immersive sky shows in Grainger Sky Theater (or the other two on-site theaters) bring state-of-the-art technology together with fantastic images to make visitors feel as if they can actually touch the stars. Be sure to catch the newest show at the planetarium, Destination Solar System, which transports groups to the hottest spots and coldest, stormiest and most spectacular sights in the Solar System. After a show head to the Café Galileo to enjoy lunch as you look back at the city's skyline. Get more information about group visits to the Adler Planetarium.
DISCOVER: Skyscraper Tours with Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 S. Michigan Ave., 312-922-3432, architecture.org
Take a walking tour through the South Loop to step back in time to the late 1800's and explore how Chicago went from a city devastated by a great fire to a leader in skyscraper engineering and design. Highlights include the Burnham and Root's Rookery, Board of Trade Building and more. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a variety of tours to see these historic sites and are customizable for your group. Learn more about group tours and the Historic Downtown (South Loop): Rise of the Skyscraper Tour.