Hancock Observatory and Tower
The third-tallest building in Chicago at 1,127 feet (343 meters), the Hancock Observatory and Tower stands proudly amidst affluent North Michigan Avenue. An elevator whisks you 94 floors up for stellar, panoramic views of Lake Michigan and Chicago from its viewing platform. Or, take the elevator two floors higher to Hancock's 96th floor Signature Lounge, where you can enjoy a glass of wine in a comfy seat while enjoying the same views from the platform below.
Whichever spot you decide on, the views are incredible. On a clear day, you can see three states: Michigan (across the lake), Indiana (to the south), and Wisconsin (to the north). The view up the north side, along the lake, is particularly scenic, as you can see nearby Oak Street and North Avenue beaches, the lunch greenery of Lincoln Park, and the stretch of high-rises that line Lake Shore Drive, as it winds northward. “Talking telescopes,” with narration in four languages, and history walls enhance the experience.
The Hancock Observatory and Tower is located on North Michigan Avenue, near the beginning of the “Magnificent Mile” shopping stretch. Thus, you’ll have not only plenty of shopping options but also plenty of restaurants to choose from. The Hancock Observatory and Tower is easily accessible by El trains and buses.
Keep in mind, the cost to go to the viewing platform and the Signature Lounge is the same. Allow one hour for your visit.