If you're looking for one of the best views of Chicago, a
visit to 360 CHICAGO
is a must. In fact, Travel + Leisure
magazine named it one of the Best Views in America. Located high above The
Magnificent Mile, 360 CHICAGO is an observation deck nestled on the 94th
floor of the John Hancock Center. The Hancock is the fourth-tallest building in
the city, and is recognized for the distinctive X-shaped external bracing that
has made it a Chicago architecture icon.
The fun actually begins when you step into the elevators
that whisk you up to 360 CHICAGO, reaching top speeds of 20.5 mph during the
39-second ride. From there you'll step out onto the observation deck, where
you'll be awestruck by the floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree views of the city, Lake
Michigan and up to four states. A good way to get your bearings is to check out
one of the interactive
touch screens that offer high-definition panoramic views of the city and
include information on Chicago history, architecture and culture (in seven
The highlight of a visit to 360 CHICAGO is Tilt,
the first observatory attraction of its kind in the world. Think of it as a
huge steel-and-glass bay window that tilts forward, stopping at intervals of
15, 25 and 30 degrees, giving you a downward facing view of the city from 1,000
feet up in the sky. Tilt holds up to eight visitors at a time, standing in
place and holding onto bars as they are hydraulically tilted forward. The
entire breathtaking experience lasts 1 minute and 15 seconds.
Afterwards, grab a bite or a cocktail at 360 CHICAGO's Architect's Corner - Café & Bar.
Snack on a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich or a scoop of creamy gelato. The
cocktail menu includes fun Chicago-themed drinks, including The TILT: a yummy
concoction of Malibu coconut rum, SKYY vodka, lemonade and cranberry. On
Thursday evenings catch Music
in the Sky, when DJs spin tunes from 6-9pm. Just sit back and drink in
the amazing view as Chicago transforms from sunny day to glittering night.
Before you leave be sure to make a stop at the gift shop
(there's one on the observation deck and a second on the concourse level of the
John Hancock Center). Here you can pick up 360 CHICAGO souvenirs, along with
Chicago-centric children's books and handy architecture guides. Then start
planning your return trip.
360 CHICAGO is open 365 days a year, from 9am-11pm (last
entry at 10:30pm). Save
10% when you buy your tickets online from 360 CHICAGO, or get
discount admission by purchasing a Chicago
CityPASS or Go