Check out the killer office views at these 4 Chicago companies

by James Risley
November 3, 2016

Chicago is a gem. From the great architecture to the waterways to the parks to the people-watching, Chicagoans want to revel in their beautiful city. Not only is a panoramic view a great way to attract new talent, but it can also drive creativity and make coming into the office every morning just a little nicer.

We talked to four companies about how their great views inspire, entertain and attract employees. Check out their sweet views below:


Instructure’s office is located right on the edge of Millennium Park. With access to a private roof deck and killer views from the 18th-floor office, employees can enjoy the views of Lake Michigan, Millennium Park and the skyline of Michigan Ave year-round.

“Located in Prudential One, Instructure is in the middle of Chicago’s architectural and natural treasures,” said office manager Catherine Carrio. “The expansive view from our 18th floor office ... energizes the innovative tech culture of our company. During breaks, our teams take in views of sailboats on the lake, the skyline of Indiana or watching people visit the Bean, Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Crown Fountain. The 11th floor of the building has a private roof-deck for those who want to take a break in the open air and enjoy the sun. Whether seeing clearly across the lake or watching clouds engulf nearby buildings, the view spurs on openness, excellence and simplicity, which are part of Instructure’s core values.”


Whenever a company moves to a new office, employee needs are always something to consider. When ContextMedia was planning their move two years ago, a clear requirement for the new space was more access to natural light, and the windows have provided that light and more.

“Our top three responses were room to grow, access to transportation and more windows for sunlight,” said communications lead Philip de Guzman. “The floor to ceiling windows at 330 N. Wabash give us plenty of natural sunlight, in addition to panoramic views of the lake, river and downtown. Some of the best events we've seen from our windows include Wallenda tightrope walking the river, planes buzzing around us for the Air and Water Show, and the Chicago River bridges going up and down throughout the summer.”


A great view shan't be squandered. That’s got to be a commandment when looking for a new office. And for FourKites, an open office plan gives everyone access to the views.

“Walking into the office and seeing the sunrise over Millennium Park and Pritzker Pavilion seems to brighten everyone's morning, I know it does mine,” said senior marketing manager Nick Kuttin. “Our open layout allows everyone a great view from their desk. We could see the actors filming Chicago PD last week, and we love telling people that our office was on the poster for Adventures in Babysitting and destroyed in one of the Transformers movies.”


For VelocityEHS, views of the river from the rooftop deck are complemented by views of the game room in the office.

“VelocityEHS boasts amazing indoor and outdoor views for employees to enjoy,” said public relations manager Betsy Utley-Marin. “Our stunning rooftop deck provides panorama views of the Chicago River and Loop, while the state-of-the-art break room offers a view impossible to resist of modern gaming consoles and throw-back favorite arcade games.”

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