You can't miss the John Hancock Center if you happen to be passing through the North Side neighborhood of Chicago. A ... More
John Hancock Center
You can't miss the John Hancock Center if you happen to be passing through the North Side neighborhood of Chicago. A 100-story expressionist design with a glass facade, it is the third-tallest building in the city and the fourth-tallest in the United States. Being a multi-functional structure, it houses restaurants, offices and condominiums too. And while you are here, enjoy the panoramic views that it offers—take a trip to the 94th floor and discover a breathtaking picture of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Talking telescopes provide information on the sites as you observe them, while an open-air sky walk allows you to experience the windiness of the Windy City from 1,000 feet (304 meters) up. You can also take a virtual tour of popular Chicago sights.
The hancock was the best ever. it offers a great view of the city.(you can even see some of Michigan) and not only is it a great view but it also offers a great breeze of fresh air from up in the sky, well that is if you go in the summer. two thumbs up always.
What if I told you that you could get a meal and sit next to a window for almost the same price as the observatory? You would probably choose the restaurant. There is a nice restaurant on the 85th floor of the Hancock building where you can do that. The only thing that you would miss if you were to do that is the historical aspects of the building. I reccommend the restaurant if you don't care about the history.
We got there before the sunset and stay after it. It was awesome you can see chicago on day and night. Also you can feel the wind! =) There is a place where you can take photos like you were cleaning windows man.
The store is not expensive like the museums.
Absoulute brilliance! Superb, I enjoyed it much better than Sears Tower and tought it had a better view considering it was closer to the lake. When I went in and asked which way to the observation deck, I thought I'd be met with a sarcastic 'up 94floors to your right' but instead I was told down an elevator. It led to the ticket booth, alas 94 floors later, that 9 bucks had'nt gone to waste. Tip: go when the weather is good.
Great views in 4 directions. Well kept; must have been recently renovated because it makes the Sears Tower look like a college bar when the lights are lit. DO NOT WASTE your time with the Sears Tower; John Hancock is the place to be. The Sears Tower isn't in a good location either.
John Hancock should be on your list; also John Hancock has viewing with the wind in your hair! =)
The Hancock Building Observatory is absolutely wonderful. Go early before dark and stay until all the lights are on(they go forever) Its the kind of place all tall buildings should have! Just the best.