360 Chicago Observation Deck Tours

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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 Basics
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).
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Address: 875 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA
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Hours: Daily 9am–11pm
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360 Chicago Observation Deck (formerly John Hancock Observatory) Admission

Tower above the Windy City’s world-famous skyline with admission to 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 bird’s-eye views of landmarks like the famous Willis (Sears) Tower and the lakefront shoreline, and enjoy a variety of interactive touch screens and educational exhibits on site. Upgrade to the Sun and Stars package for two visits to the observation deck within 48 hours. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into 360 Chicago.
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360 Chicago Observation Deck (formerly John Hancock Observatory) Admission with Prosecco

This admission ticket for two people gets you and a special someone access to 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory) plus a half bottle of Prosecco — a package that’s not available for purchase at the tower. After a quick elevator ride to the 94th floor of the Hancock Center, savor panoramic views over Chicago from 1,000 feet (304 meters) above the Magnificent Mile. Lift your glass in a toast to landmarks like Navy Pier, the Willis (Sears) Tower and Lake Michigan. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into 360 Chicago.
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Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

This Chicago grand tour covers four hours of sightseeing with admission to 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Get oriented to the Windy City on a coach tour that takes you along a scenic route on Lake Shore Drive, and past North Side and South Side highlights including Museum Campus, Lincoln Park, Washington Park, Grant Park and Wrigley Field. Finish on the 94th floor of the Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest landmarks, for panoramic views of the Magnificent Mile from the open-air observation deck.
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Chicago Helicopter Tour

On a daytime helicopter tour over Chicago, enjoy views of the city's famed architecture and other sights from the air. You'll fly over Willis Tower (the old Sears Tower), Wrigley Field, Lincoln Park, and more while a pilot provides commentary about the city as you go.
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Chicago Helicopter Tour With Holiday Lights

Celebrate the holidays in Chicago with a special scenic helicopter ride that provides a dazzling perspective on the Windy City's top attractions. Depart from a heliport located downtown near the Loop and fly over illuminated landmarks such as Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Navy Pier, Wrigley Field, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Lake Michigan while listening to commentary from your pilot about the history of Chicago. At the heliport, you can enjoy hot chocolate and seasonal treats, history exhibits, and an interactive flight simulator.
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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there — this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With 14 strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while live commentary on board gives you insight into the city's colorful history. Don't forget to snap a selfie in front of the shiny steel bean in Millennium Park!
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Chicago Explorer Pass

This is the easiest and most affordable way to explore some of Chicago's top attractions at your own pace. The Chicago Explorer Pass, valid for 30 days after first use, provides admission to your choice of three, four or five attractions, tours or activities that will save you up to 42 percent on regular ticket prices. Create your own sightseeing itinerary by choosing from among over 25 top sites and things to do, including Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier and and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
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Chicago Helicopter Tour Nighttime Experience

Soar above the city lights of Chicago on a 15-minute nighttime helicopter ride with live narration by experienced pilots. Enjoy birds-eye views of downtown landmarks, then bank past Navy Pier to Lincoln Park and Uptown. Hear about the history of the city as you take in unforgettable views of downtown’s bristling skyscrapers, and see Willis Tower, Millennium Park and Soldier Field. This unique experience offers a once in a lifetime view of the Second City at its most stunning.
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Chicago City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

On a Chicago hop-on hop-off tour, you can enjoy easy transportation around the city to see the sights that interest you most at your own pace. Select the pass you want when booking, and create your own itinerary in Chicago to check out attractions such as the Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier and Millennium Park. Hop off and on the double-decker bus whenever you wish, and listen to narration about the city on board.
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360 Chicago Observation Deck (formerly John Hancock Observatory) Admission Plus TILT

Discover Chicago from 1,500 feet (457.2 m) above the ground at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Open between 9am to 10:30pm, you can visit at a time that fits with your schedule. It’s a great experience for adults and children alike. Your ticket also includes admission to TILT, a thrill ride that gives you a hair-raising view over The Magnificent Mile.
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Viator VIP: Architectural River Cruise and Chicago Helicopter Tour

Experience Chicago from the air and the water on this two-part tour that features a river cruise and a helicopter ride above the city. First, take a cruise down the Chicago River to learn about the architectural history of the town. Then, board a state-of-the-art helicopter and fly above the skyline. Both tours are fully narrated and you will see Navy Pier, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, the John Hancock Center, Willis Tower, and more.
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Viator VIP: Chicago Helicopter Flight with Dinner for Two

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Viator VIP: Chicago Helicopter Tour Plus 360 Chicago Observation Deck

Travelers who like to get to know a city by seeing it from above will love this tour. View Chicago’s long coastline from the seat of a helicopter, then take your time spotting each individual landmark from the observation deck at 360 Chicago. There will be opportunities to take lots of impressive photos. Choose between a daytime or nighttime tours, for unforgettable views at any time of day.
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City Sightseeing Chicago Hop On Hop Off Tour

See more of the Windy City with this money-saving, 2.5-hour, hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus ticket. Enjoy informative on-board narration as you cruise by 13 Chicago landmarks including the Art Institute, Field Museum, John Hancock Building, and much more. A range of ticket validation periods, ranging from 24 to 72 hours, also help ensure maximum flexibility.
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30 Minute Chicago Helicopter Tour With Fireworks Show

Get a front row seat to Chicago’s fireworks display during a 25 to 30-minute helicopter ride above the Windy City.  The nighttime tour takes you over Navy Pier, the Loop, and North Side. Listen to in-flight commentary through a provided headset, which also mutes outside noise. Then, fly to Navy Pier and photograph the stunning fireworks from above before returning to the Earth.
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360 Chicago Observation Deck (formerly John Hancock Observatory) Sun and Stars Admission

If you can’t decide whether you prefer clear daytime or twinkling nighttime city views, this is the ideal activity for you. The Sun and Stars admission ticket to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck allows you to visit twice, so you can come once in the day, once at night. The deck is one of the highest points in Chicago, and this ticket allows you to see the stunning panoramic views in two completely different ways.
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Go Chicago Card with Skip the Line Access

Enjoy admission to more than 26 of Chicago's most popular attractions with the Go Chicago™ Card. Create your own itinerary and sightsee at your own pace after printing your own pass at home; don't waste time redeeming vouchers. This card offers something for all members of the family, from thrilling rides at Navy Pier to undersea learning at the Shedd Aquarium. Take a hop-on hop-off trolley tour or admire the stunning views from SkyDeck Chicago. The Go Chicago™ Card is available in 1-, 2-, 3- or 5-day options.
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