John Hancock Center / 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Chicago

John Hancock Center / 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Chicago (must see)

John Hancock Center, located at 875 North Michigan Avenue in the Gold Coast area of Chicago, is a 100-story skyscraper constructed under the supervision of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, with chief designer Bruce Graham and structural engineer Fazlur Khan. When the building topped out on May 6, 1968, it was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. It is currently the fourth-tallest building in Chicago and the ninth-tallest in the United States.

The Skydeck elevators of the John Hancock center, manufactured by Otis, travel 94 floors at a top speed of 1800 ft/min. From the 95th floor restaurant, diners can look out at Chicago and Lake Michigan. The Observatory (360 Chicago), which competes with the Willis Tower's Skydeck, has a 360° view of the city, up to four states, and a distance of over 80 miles (130 km). The Observatory has Chicago's only open-air SkyWalk and also features a free multimedia tour in six languages. The 44th-floor sky lobby features America's highest indoor swimming pool.

Why You Should Visit:
The views are exceptional as expected. There is a separate fee to experience TILT, which tilts you out 30 degrees over the side of the building and gives a breathtaking view of the skyline.
At the 95th-floor Signature Lounge, you can sit at the bar and enjoy the best panoramic views of the city while sipping on a beverage of choice (you only have to buy a drink to access it).

Tip:
Go for it when it's not cloudy/foggy to completely enjoy the experience.
Don't go for the TILT if you have a strong fear of heights!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-11pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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John Hancock Center / 360 Chicago Observation Deck on Map

Sight Name: John Hancock Center / 360 Chicago Observation Deck
Sight Location: Chicago, USA (See walking tours in Chicago)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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