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Chicago’s sunsets are one-of-a-kind. The fading sunlight casts the lakefront sky in an orange-pink glow, lighting up the city’s silver skyline. Although the city’s layout makes it challenging to grab a clear view of the west, there are still plenty of creative vantage points for a spectacular sunset in downtown Chicago. Keep reading below for the five best places in downtown Chicago to watch the sunset.

360 Chicago

875 N Michigan Ave 94th floor, Chicago, IL 60611

Perched on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building, 360 Chicago provides a stunning view of Chicago from all directions. At sunset, you can gaze towards the western suburbs as the sun disappears beyond the horizon. Of course, the old Skydeck vs. 360 debate is still going on. Although we personally prefer 360 for breathtaking sunset viewings!

Boat Tour on Lake Michigan

For a unique perspective of Chicago’s setting sun, you can catch an evening boat ride and venture out onto Lake Michigan. Many boat tours, such as Wendella, offer special sunset rides that capture Chicago’s beautiful architecture backlit by an orange glow. Some of our favorites are the Fireboat Tour, City Cruise, and the popular newcomer Chicago Electric Boat Company.

Adler Planetarium

1300 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

Snag a seat on the steps surrounding Adler Planetarium for an incredible view of the Chicago skyline. The planetarium sits on a long peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan, so you’ll be able to watch the sun sets on Chicago from dry land.

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Lakefront Trail

Those looking for a casual viewing experience can observe the sunset from the Lakefront Trail. Perfect for an evening stroll, the path borders Chicago’s grandeur buildings and sparkling waters. The Lakefront Trail runs parallel to the iconic DuSableLake Shore Drive. If you’re a skater, Lakefront Trail is also perfect for cruising with a board or some quads!

Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

One of the most popular attractions in downtown Chicago, Navy Pier’s location makes it one of the best spots to watch the sunset. From the pier, gaze back towards the city for an incredible picture of the sunset. Even better, hop on the Ferris Wheel to see the sunset from the sky.

The J. Parker

1816 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614

Above the Hotel Lincoln sits the J. Parker restaurant, which offers signature cocktails and spectacular food. Even better are the Chicago sunset views. Whether you choose indoor rooftop seating or their signature outside lounges, you’ll enjoy unobstructed water views in all directions. Of course, unless there’s another rooftop restaurant in Chicago that resonates with your heart more!

Promontory Point at Burnham Park

5500 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60615

Calling all nature lovers. Get out of the hustling, bustling city and relax at Promontory Point. You can still see the skyline of the city in the distance, but you’ll have a much grander slice of sky. While you’re at it, explore Burnham Park’ 600 acres, a favorite Chicagoan get-away since the early 1900s.

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