Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, 360 Chicago offers an interactive experience of the Windy City’s history and culture on the way up to its 94th-floor observation deck. From here, sweeping views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan are enhanced by Tilt—moving glass lookouts that that literally tilt you out 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the Magnificent Mile.
The 360 Chicago experience begins in a first-floor exhibition space, with interactive touchscreens and historical exhibits about Chicago and the construction of the John Hancock Center. Afterward, visitors are whisked up 94 floors in high-speed elevators to the 17,000-square-foot (1,579-square-meter), 360-degree observation deck. From this vantage point on a clear day, you can take in views of virtually the entire city and Lake Michigan. See the Oak Street and North Avenue beaches, Lincoln Park, and the high rises on Lake Shore Drive, as well as three of Illinois’ neighboring states: Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Thrill seekers can experience Tilt, a moving platform that tilts you out over Michigan Avenue for a truly unique perspective.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Allow about one hour for your visit.
- The 360 Chicago site is fully wheelchair accessible.
- Architect’s Corner Bar & Café has a full bar and serves coffee, gelato, breakfast, and snacks near the viewing windows.
- The Tilt experience is not included with general admission.
How to Get There
360 Chicago is located on North Michigan Avenue, near the beginning of the Magnificent Mile shopping stretch. The John Hancock Building is easily accessible by El trains, city buses, and hop-on hop-off bus tours.
When to Get There
The observation deck is open 9am to 11pm daily, year-round. The last admission is at 10:30pm. Early morning is best for daytime visits, as skies tend to be clearer and views are the most expansive and colorful. Nighttime gives a different, dazzling view of the illuminated city. If you’d like to visit twice, opt for the “sun and stars” admission so you can compare the daytime and after-dark views.
Activities at 360 Chicago
For an enhanced experience, time your visit with one of 360 Chicago’s scheduled activities. Wake up with Saturday morning sky-high yoga (9-10am); join a Tuesday Sky Guide “tour,” where volunteers from the Chicago Architecture Foundation discuss significant skyline buildings (6-9pm); or spend a Thursday evening at 360 Hoppy Hour, featuring Chicago-brewed craft-beer specials (5:30-8:30pm).