Ever wonder where you can go to get a good "high-up" view of Chicago?  Come with us as we gain special access to hidden heights and unique depths in the heart of the city.

When I look up in the universe, I know I’m small but I’m also big. I’m big because I’m connected to the universe, and the universe is connected to me.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

About This Tour Route...

First things first:  yes, the background image at the top of this page is an actual view you'll get on this tour...

We get asked ALL THE TIME, "Where do we go to get a good high-up view of the city?"  You could purchase expensive tickets to go wait in a long line at some tourist-treadmill observatory that everyone else knows about (and will be at).  Or, you can join Inside Chicago Walking Tours on a brand-new, high-up and low-down exploration of some personally curated favorite spots that give you beautiful, unique views, all for one low ticket price!  No lines, no impersonal service, no cookie-cutter photos to bring back home.  Come join Inside Chicago Walking Tours on a unique, exciting urban adventure!

Company founder and head tour guide, Hillary, introduced this tour route in 2017 after wanting to launch it since she started her business in 2014.  Having formed friendly relationships with building staff and management in many spots downtown, as well as a solid reputation for quality tours and very satisfied customers, she is now able to welcome guests to special access granted by a handful of buildings to secret, amazing views of the city!

On this popular tour route, Inside Chicago Walking Tours will show you not only the stunning secret views from high up, but also the fascinating and fun views from down low.  This tour is all about exploring the levels of downtown Chicago, from more than 30 floors up, to ground level — and beyond!

On this Exciting tour, you will:

  • Enjoy special access to sweeping, high-up views of downtown Chicago;

  • Explore the riverfront's pedestrian-friendly layers and beautiful photo angles of its architecture;

  • Watch as a building disappears right before your eyes;

  • Have the opportunity to treat yourself to a cocktail as you gaze out upon one of the best — and most secret! — high-up views of Chicago.

  • Much, much more!


  • Please see Tour Schedule for availability & booking.

    • NOTE: Weekday and weekend routes vary slightly based on hours of certain buildings. Each route has the same beginning and end, and will have great surprises and sights in between!

  • Tours cover ~1.5 miles on foot

  • Tour is led by Adam or Hillary.

  • Ticket prices:

    • $30 general admission (ages 11 and up)

    • $25 children (ages 5-10) and seniors (65+)

    • Free for kids under 5

  • NOTE: On weekdays, we visit a government building that does NOT allow cameras. Camera phones are totally fine, but cameras won't be allowed inside the building. Please plan accordingly, whether it means leaving your camera at your hotel, or taking this tour route on a weekend instead.

  • Runs rain or shine, unless otherwise noted.

  • Tour starting point given upon ticket purchase. Check your ticket!

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