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John Hancock Center Photo courtesy of John Hancock Observatory
  • 875 N Michigan Ave

    Chicago, IL 60661

  • Phone: 312-751-3681

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At ground level, a handful of stores and restaurants attract visitors, but the real allure of the Hancock is, in my opinion, the best view of Chicago. The Skydeck at Willis Tower may get all the credit, but there's more than one way to see the skyline at the Hancock. On a clear day, the Observatory lets you see 360-degrees and a stretch of 80 miles. As Chicago's third-largest building, the majority of tenants are offices. How they get work done with those views is beyond me.





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Emma Watters

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"For an unbeatable view of Chicago at night, visit the Signature Lounge."

Best for Sightseeing Because: Visitors can enjoy views up to 80 miles from Chicago on a clear day


    "Previous years we used an Entertainment Book coupon for discounts on entry fees. Go during the day to see everything, but the night views with all the lights is a must see."

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    WHAT I Liked:

    The location is pretty stellar being on Michigan Ave. During the summer if you time it right, you can watch the weekly fireworks show from Navy Pier.

    WHAT I Disliked:

    I have always had a good experience here, so at this point there is nothing not to like. Sometimes the wait for the elevators is mind numbing but with a little patience you will get on one :)