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  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
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The best views of Chicago can be yours at the John Hancock Observatory! Perched 94 stories above the Windy City, the John Hancock Observatory provides commanding views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s towering skyscrapers, including Willis (Sears) Tower. Located in the heart of downtown on Michigan Avenue, the observatory is steps away from other top Chicago attractions, and with inclusions like the free multimedia Sky Tour and the open-air Skywalk, it will be the high point (literally) of your Chicago trip!

If you want to extend your tour to day and night and observe Chicago at both times of day, upgrade to the Sun & Stars option, good for two visits. You can also upgrade for the Total Tower Experience and receive and exclusive gift!


  • Admission to the 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
  • Feel the wind on your face as you experience Chicago's only open-air Skywalk
  • Listen to the included Sky Tour narrated by part-time Chicagoan David Schwimmer
  • Enjoy access to Lavazza Espression Café and free Wi-Fi
  • Upgrade to the Sun & Stars option or the Total Tower Experience

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What You Can Expect

John Hancock Observatory Admission

John Hancock Observatory

With your admission to the John Hancock Observatory, step off Michigan Avenue and into a high-powered elevator that will take you on an exhilarating ride to the 94th floor at a speed of 20.5 mph (33 kph). The observatory provides unbeatable views of Chicago at all times of the day: Go in the morning or afternoon to admire the expansive blue of Lake Michigan, go at sunset for a romantic moment, or go at night when the city becomes a sea of twinkling lights.

More than just the tip of a tall building, the John Hancock Observatory offers several activities to complement the pretty view. If you’re feeling adventurous, test your fear of heights on Chicago's only open-air Skywalk where no matter the season, the wind on your face from nearly 100 stories in the air will get your heart pounding! Explore Chicago through the best technologies such as interactive screens that allow you to zoom in and out of famous locations across the city and test your knowledge on digital challenges. You can also stretch your eye a little further with the interactive telescopes (the first of their kind in the United States) and learn about the city surrounding you through the self-guided multimedia Sky Tour, which is narrated by actor David Schwimmer, who went to Chicago’s Northwestern University and co-founded the city’s Lookingglass Theatre Company. The guide is available in seven languages as well a version with commentary designed for kids.

Or, check out the 80 foot-long (24 meter) history wall with murals depicting Chicago's colorful past, and delight in a unique photo opportunity that will capture you as a John Hancock Center window washer. Souvenir photo packages are also available for purchase.

If you need to catch your breath, head to the observatory’s Lavazza Espression Café, where you can take a break with an Italian coffees, gelato, cocktails, or delicious café menu designed by 3-star Michelin chef Ferran Adrià (own expense).

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
  • The Total Tower Experience includes your admission, a multimedia tour, and an exclusive John Hancock Observatory gift

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We went up to the John Hancock observatory at sunset and had some amazing views! The city is so beautiful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Loved, loved that I got my ticket ahead of time and could use the Fast Pass line, it went so much more quickly than waiting to buy my ticket. Amazing views from Chicago 360, especially of Lake Michigan - beautiful! It was cool to see empty roof pools and other sights. Also I enojyed the tallest cafe in Chicago, it's lovely to have a drink and drink in the view!

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