Chicago boasts one of the best skyline in the world. Skyscrapers like the Willis Tower, Hancock Building and bunch of other tall buildings set against the beautiful blue water of Lake Michigan is indeed very impressive. Following are the top locations in Chicago from where you will be able to photograph the beautiful Chicago skyline.
#4. Fullerton Beach
Parking in Chicago can be very expensive. Luckily in the evening hours you can park for free park near the intersection of North Cannon Drive and West Fullerton Pkwy. Then walk down to the Fullerton Beach and locate the pier. You can then compose a shot with the skyline on the background and the piles on the left. Wait for the golden hour and click away.
#3. Navy Pier
This shot was taken from the Navy Pier. You can also use a boat as foreground.
#2 Hancock Observatory
Another amazing place to take a shot of the skyline. I prefer going there in the evening after the city lights up. The view from the 94th floor is really beautiful. But there is a catch though - tripod is not allowed at the observatory. I suggest carrying a backpack with and use it as a tripod. Try taking photos from the north, south and west side of the building. East side of the building is Lake Michigan which will be completely dark at night. Try parking on E Chestnut St or E Delaware Pl. If you wish to park at the observatory parking it is going to cost $31 for a couple of hours!
#1. Adler Planetarium
No doubt the best vantage point to take photo of the Chicago skyline. Make sure you have a wide angle lens. I used a 16-35 mm f/2.8 L lens. Try to reach there before sunset and shoot through the golden hour. Parking is quiet easy comapred to other parts of Chicago downtown and after 5 pm parking costs $13 which is not bad compared to other locations.