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 building itself stands magnificently in the skyline. It is situated in an exciting part of the city as the grand finale to the Magnificent Mile. The main attraction though, the Observatory, is more expensive than it should be as you're basically only paying for a round trip elevator ride.
I loved the view from here. No matter where you walked to view was awesome. I would love to come back in any season, especially the winter. I was there in late September, it was a goregeous day. Loved everything. The pictures you have taken before you go up, when you see your picture it is beautiful. The price isn't bad if you buy the 4 pictures. Great value. Remember to take pictures from up there. They turn out great.
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.
I would say that the view from here is equally as breathtaking as from the slightly higher and more famous Sears Tower Skydeck. Admission is $2 cheaper, you have better views of Lincoln Park and Navy Pier, and you can capture a photo of the remarkable Chicago skyline with the Sears Tower in it, but the views of Grant Park and the Chicago River are not as good. I would recommend a visit to the observatory after sunset. The majestic skyscrapers and the city lights at night conspire to conjure up a magically romantic scene that you can only experience in a great world-class city.
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.
If you never been in a tall building just wait until you step off the elevator and you are looking into a ocean of blue lake and 93 stories of height. I love listening to the people step off the elevator. There is no skydeck like Sears has but Big John has plenty to offer. One of the Friends actors gives a really nice tour of the city with a head set. I reccommend taking this tour as he points out things you would not notice. You can also step outside and take in the sounds and view of Michigan Ave. You can see Wrigley Field and the United Center from here as well as Michigan and of course most all of Chicago. The view is the best the city has to offer. My family enjoyed coffee at the cafe while looking out over the city,,,,FANTASTIC!!!
I have never been to Sears and this was my 1st time visiting the Hancock Observatory, I thought it was a bit pricy BUT I was wrong, there is plenty to see and do once you are up at the actual observatory, had I known there was a restaurant on the 85th I would have surely visited that! Awesome experience!