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  • Location:Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration:Flexible

360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory) Admission

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 looking to 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 (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
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