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Tour code: 5651JHO
Tower above Chicago’s world-famous skyline and Lake Michigan as you enjoy breathtaking views from atop 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Ascend 94 stories to the observation deck of one of the tallest buildings in North America aboard its lightning-fast elevator, then check out incredible bird’s-eye views of landmarks like the famous Willis (Sears) Tower, the scenic lakefront shoreline and the magnificent architecture of the Windy City. A variety of on-site interactive touch screens and educational exhibits help put your visit into context.
Those interested in seeing both a day and nighttime view should check out the optional “Sun & Stars” package, offering two visits to the observation deck within 48 hours.

Highlights

  • Admission to the 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory), located above the Magnificent Mile
  • Ride to the top in North America's fastest elevators, which rise 1,000 feet (305 meters) in 40 seconds!
  • Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan
  • Enjoy access to Architect's Corner and free Wi-Fi
  • Upgrade to the Sun & Stars option or the Total Tower Experience

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What You Can Expect

360 Chicago Observation Deck (formerly John Hancock Observatory) Admission

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Enjoy the high point of your Chicago visit (literally) with this admission to 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory), 94 stories up in one of the country’s tallest buildings. Anyone looking to get an incredible view of the unique lakefront landscape and scenic architecture of Chicago will enjoy this sky-high excursion.
Make your own way to the 360 Chicago entrance, conveniently located along Michigan Avenue. You can choose to visit any time during the site’s hours of operation. Once inside the building, step into a high-speed elevator that will whisk you more than 90 stories above the ground at a speed of 20.5 mph (33 kph). As the doors open, make your way to the floor-to-ceiling windows as you enjoy incredible aerial views of the Windy City in all four cardinal directions.
Depending on the time of day you visit and the season, you’ll see all manner of interesting highlights. Morning and afternoon tend to give Lake Michigan a richer blue tint, while sunset offers the perfect opportunity for a romantic moment with that special someone. After dark, the city literally sparkles down below with a sea of lights.
In addition to great views, 360 Chicago offers a number of interesting on-site amenities. Play around with the interactive touch screens, allowing you to zoom in and out of various landmarks visible from above. You can even test you knowledge on a series of fun digital games that explore the city. The guide features seven different languages, and a child-friendly version just for kids.
Before you leave, don’t forget to stop for a photo opportunity to pose as one of the building’s window washers, a fun memento that is available for purchase. Those who have worked up an appetite from the high altitude can stop by the Architect’s Corner for a delicious array of gelato, Italian coffee, cocktails and light bites.
Upgrade: Additional admission options are available to make the most of your visit.
  • The Sun & Stars option is good for two visits (valid for 48 hours) to the observatory providing opportunity to enjoy Chicago views by both day and night

Customer Reviews

Eszter T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Didn't manage to go on this tour due to bad weather but later we booked dinner two levels down in the restaurant. The view is breathtaking definitely recommend a visit!

Michele R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The views from the 360 Chicago are absolutely stunning! I chose this tour rather than The Willis Tower. Had an old family friend fly in to Chicago from Spain and her breath was taken away and was probably one of the best items checked from our excursions! A MUST SEE!!! Will definitely be back.

Jackie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Booking was done very easily. Recommend doing the audio tour.

mhe1075

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I went as it was getting dark. Beautiful watching all the lights come on throughout the city and the outlying areas.

King Charles B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Anita R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The staff at 360 Chicago were helpful and courteous. The observation was enhanced by the screens that helped us identify landmarks; the creators of this feature are to be commended. Parking was easy; we also appreciated the guest discount for parking. We'll definitely return to 360 Chicago!

Priscilla G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

I always enjoy my visit to Chicago!!! It is my home town and I come back to visit every few years. I enjoyed my visit to 360 Chicago very much. It was an unbelievably clear, clear day so I enjoyed it even more. I didn't have enough nerve to try the "tilting" enclosure, but, it was still a great day. Everyone that I dealt with was very nice.

Priscilla G., San Francisco Bay Area

Stanley H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great views of the river and city.

Sherry Piazza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

One of my most favorite views of both the water and the city!

Angela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The views were amazing!! We had a sun and stars ticket which meant we could go up twice, so we went at lunchtime and 8pm - we had amazing views both times :-)

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