The 2 Best Ways to See Chicago


See the City From the River

The Chicago River is actually a system of rivers and canals that run through the heart of the city. The river is both natural and a feat of human engineered innovation. by reversing the flow and implanting a series of locks, the river could handle the growing sewage issues as well as meet the needs of the growing city life. The bridges across the river are a beautiful way to walk above the river amongst the cityscape and most have stairs leading down to riverfront walkways with cafes, bars and resting points to enjoy the riverfront.

One of the most exceptional ways to truly see the magnificence of the city is from an archictectural boat tour that cruises down the river. The tours run from May-November nearly all day long, but the best tours are the evening cruise when you can experience the transition from day to night, from sunlight to city lights. It is truly an unforgettable experience that everyone should have. Tourists and locals alike enjoy these tours!



See The City From Above

When you are amidst the sea of skyscrapers it is often difficult to get a feel for the whole city. Taking your view from the top changes your perspective and gives you a grand scope of Chicago from above. You have two options for viewing city this way. First, the observation deck from the John Hancock building on Michigan Avenue, which puts you closer to the lakefront, or the Willis Tower “skydeck” which puts you smack dab in the middle of the Chicago loop. Both do a great job in getting you up really high for fabulous views. Do your research and plan your itinerary according to which part of the city you will be in and what works for your family best. I have done both and find them equally satisfying.




Chicago is awesome no matter how you do it, but these two unique ways of seeing the city are sure to make your experience memorable and that’s what traveling is all about-creating memories.


4 thoughts on “The 2 Best Ways to See Chicago

  1. I heard Chicago is the windy city right?? I would love to discover it someday… But I’m sure I could only do it by the river, I’m not the ‘best friend’ of heights ahah all the best and cheers from Portugal, PedroL

    1. Yes, it is called the Windy City and is especially awful during winter! The views from up high are wonderful, but if you’re afraid of heights, stick to the river-it’s lovely!

    2. That’s it, the river will be my place ahah thanks for the feedback, have a great week, PedroL

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