You don't need to be in a downtown high-rise to enjoy spectacular views of Chicago's skyline. You don't even need to be in a high-rise. And, for the best views, you'll want to be a mile or more west of the Loop, anywhere from the West Loop on north.
The above view to the south and east was shot from the roof deck of a six-story Lincoln Park apartment building at the six-corner intersection of Diversey, Lincoln and Racine. The view below spans the skyline from Rogers Park to the West Loop.