John Hancock Center

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875 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA - 1-888-875-VIEW (8439)

John Hancock Center Chicago Reviews

Nair2011 Nair2011
246 reviews
Wonderful 360 degrees view of Chicago Aug 14, 2011
View of Chicago from John Hancock Center Observation tower is simply superb. John Hancock Center Observation tower is located in N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

The elevator is the fastest elevator in North America. Travels by 20 miles per hour, this elevator takes us to 95th floor within no time.

At the entrance we will be given a audio guide. Audio is available in different languages. Once we select the language we have to enter the number shown in the glass to know more about the view. Audio guide ipod also diaplays the pictures of the buildings on the screen some times for more info.

This tower has an area with mesh to smell and feel Chicago from top. I have been to this place in the evening and have taken many pictures of the marvelous views and attached with this review.

If you want to select one between John Hancock observation tower or Sear tower Sky desk, I always go for John Hancock due to better views. Priced at 17USD per person, this place is a great evening place to be.
Globe @ Entrance
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jennjeff1 says:
I would add that buying a relaxing drink at the Signature Lounge is cheaper than going up a couple more floors to the obervation deck of the John Hancock Center.
Posted on: Sep 24, 2011
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TSXSquirrelygirlie TSXSquir…
51 reviews
Awesome view of the city Jul 07, 2011
I prefer this over the Sears Tower (I refuse to call it the Willis Tower) it has the better view. Head up to the 95th floor for a drink, lunch or if you are willing to pay for it, dinner (the food isn't all that so I'd just recommend the drink). Honestly the best view is in the ladies room AND it's a free view in there. I've heard that now the restrooms are only for customers at the Signature Room but it doesn't hurt to try if you are on a budget. Otherwise stay and have a drink. What could be better than a martini with an awesome view of the lake and the city. They offer ice skating for $5 and skate rental is $1. You only get 25 minutes and it's only open from January through March but that could change. So if you only have enough money to check out either the Sears Tower or the Hancock Tower, I'd go with Hancock...hands down.
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flloyd flloyd
8 reviews
Best views of the city Apr 26, 2011
If you have a choice between the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Tower choose the latter. It is easier to get to the top , less crowded has far better views even though it is not as tall and you get a free coffee with your city pass .
chloe33144 chloe331…
2 reviews
Wonderful view by night Aug 10, 2010
Have a cocktail at the Signature Lounge (96th floor) by night to enjoy a 360° wonderful view over Chicago. It's really amazing and there is no fee to go upstairs if you buy a drink and drinks are at reasonable prices ($12 for a cocktail or $15 for a glass of Reims champagne for example). First on my do-it-again list in Chicago.
mmf0303 mmf0303
3 reviews
Great Views Aug 07, 2009
Recommend paying a visit to the John Hancock Building (top floor) you get BEAUTFIUL 360 views of Chicago and everything around the city...beautiful :) the sky walk lets you hear the outside noise from the city which can freak out at first-however well worth it.
nik2blessed nik2bles…
94 reviews
John Hancock Observatory, Great attraction for anyone May 15, 2008
COOL COOL COOL, Every chance I get I am making my way to visit this extreme sight. This particular attraction has great things to offer for anyone. When you come to Chicago you may find yourself looking up at this huge building, asking yourself "how far can you see this?" - Well the answer is this, it may be identified from 4 states and over 80 miles.

The pricing is standard and should cost anywhere from:


Adults (12-64) - $12*

Seniors (65+) - $10*

Children (4 to 11) - $8*

Children (under 4) FREE

* including city and county amusement tax

They offer tours, ride to top, display for children, and skywalk. Which is scary to me but a breath of fresh air too ;) ... Check out their website to for more information.
John Hancock Observatory
kaki0301 kaki0301
9 reviews
Aug 18, 2007
For a $10.95 price tag, this was SO worth it!!!

We had considered not going here as we had already stopped at the Sears Tower, however, this should be a do not miss when in Chicago!

We visited in the evening and decided to go to the observatory instead of the lounge. (we heard you can buy a drink at the lounge and therefore, not pay the fee to go up... however, then you don't know if you will get a window view!)

The lines were short as it was around 8:30 when we went up. It was a spectacular view! Just breathtaking, especially as the city was lighting up for the night! And although you are not in the tallest building, you are able to SEE the tallest building!!! :-)

The open air viewing area is amazing! Feel the air at 1000 feet!

Then, being a Saturday during the summer, we caught the Navy Pier fireworks! HOW PERFECT this was! It was an amazing experience viewing the fireworks from above!
WaltJake says:
I'll have to check this out next time I'm in Chicago! I've been in the Sears Tower twice, but never here!
Posted on: Sep 02, 2007
fran2011 fran2011
24 reviews
Jul 02, 2007
The John Hancock Center is one of the tallest skyscrapers in Chicago, standing out from the myriad of steel and glass buildings. It was built in 1969, and offers one of the best views of Chicago. The line is pretty long, so you might want to get up early. At the base of the building there's a nice plaza with a deli and restaurants. The central location of it all makes it easily accessible. The elevators to the top are pretty fast, kind of fun. At the top, there's a small visitor's center with information on the building itself. On each viewing side, there's a sign telling you what you are looking at and where it is located (using a picture of the same view). There is also a nice shop in the observation deck, offering mementos and souvenirs related to the building and Chicago. On a clear day, you could see the entire city and its attractions, like Shedd Aquarium, or the magnificent Sears Tower. I'd recommend this attraction to anyone visiting Chicago!!
The John Hancock Center from afar.
wongjst wongjst
40 reviews
Jul 05, 2007
The John Hancock Center at 875 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois, is a one-hundred-story, 344 m (1,127 ft) tall skyscraper designed by structural engineer Fazlur Khan of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and, when completed in 1969, was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. It is the third-tallest skyscraper in Chicago and the fourth-tallest in the United States, after the Sears Tower, the Empire State Building and the Aon Center. When measured to the top of its antennae, it is 457 m (1,500 ft).

The 95th floor has long been home to a fine restaurant, the latest incarnation being called "The Signature Room on the 95th Floor." While patrons dine, they can look out the windows overlooking Chicago and Lake Michigan.

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