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Streeterville, Chicago
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    Ghadi T.
    "I loved the view of Chicago from here it is breathtaking."(8 Tips)
    Shawn S.
    "Amazing! Forget the skydeck at Willis Tower."(7 Tips)
    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    "then head to the Signature Room for a drink!"(5 Tips)
    Shannon B.
    "Take advantage of the free Concierge Desk on the 94th floor!"(3 Tips)
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  • H H.heart icon on user image
    H HOctober 21, 2015
    Best view in Chicago! Get brunch on the 95th and ask to be seated on the water side. Lake Michigan is stunning and tranquil and ahh. You can go to the 96th to grab drinks / apps as well.
  • Haroldo F.heart icon on user image
    Haroldo Fiuza JúniorOctober 14, 2013
    The Hancock Tower is never crowded as The Sears Tower, and you get the same amazing view from here! For the photographers, unfortunately tripods are not allowed on the observatory!
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzApril 15, 2012
    Best up-top skyscraper views I've seen. Take the 40-second elevator ride (fast) up to get shots of Lake Michigan, the parks, beaches, lakeshore, skyline & more. Grab a coffee or cocktail up-top!
    Upvoted Dec 3, 2023
  • Tenielle F.heart icon on user image
    Tenielle FitzjarraldAugust 21, 2018
    Skip Willis tower and go here for great views of the city. There is a bar and comfy chairs placed where you can enjoy a drink and the breathtaking views of the best city in the world.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LeySeptember 19, 2018
    FAR better than The Skydeck. Much quieter and a more pleasant experience here. You must experience The Tilt if visiting here though, just be prepared to hold on tight!
  • Omar A.heart icon on user image
    Omar AROctober 11, 2018
    Stunning view over Chicago’s skyline, good value for money if you buy the Chicago Citypass (you’ll still have to pay $8 extra for the ‘tilt’ experience).
  • Jen S.heart icon on user image
    Jen ShinJuly 10, 2016
    the views are absolutely amazing! if you're 21+, get the ticket and drink deal to enjoy a brew as you take in the scenery.
  • M A.heart icon on user image
    M ALDossary ♏May 20, 2015
    Amazing 360 view of Chicago City 👍 Dont forget to try The Tilt !!! Totally new Experience.. Highly Recommended 👍
  • Sean M.heart icon on user image
    Sean MillerJuly 25, 2017
    Definitely worth the wait but be prepared. We were in line almost 1.5 hours from start to finish. Wear comfy shoes lol.
  • Sagar J.heart icon on user image
    Sagar JhobaliaNovember 6, 2016
    Come around evening it's amazing! Catch the sunset and then do the tilt. Totally worth getting the pics
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SankbeilMarch 16, 2014
    Nice view. Great place to get a nightcap and see the city at night. I could see coming here in the summer to see the navy pier fireworks with a captain and coke in hand.
  • Nikola V.heart icon on user image
    Nikola ValtošováJuly 19, 2016
    Absolutely the best view in Chicago. Worth to seeing.
  • Juan D.heart icon on user image
    Juan DiegoOctober 1, 2016
    I went here like two weeks ago and I had so much fun ! It was such an amazing view! I also got on the tilt;). I would totally go again maybe next time when it's dark out and see all the city lights ;D
  • Heather M.heart icon on user image
    Heather MageeOctober 13, 2016
    The views all round from here would definat be the best than from any of the other towers...
  • Carolina G.heart icon on user image
    Carolina GuerreroSeptember 27, 2016
    Best Chicago view! Buy the $25usd or cocktail included!
  • InterContinental Chicago
    InterContinental ChicagoSeptember 8, 2011
    The Hancock Tower is considered the grandfather of all skyscrapers, and its 96th floor views of Chicago's skyline and the lake will take your breath away. Be sure to take some pictures up there!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Glorious views of the city in every direction - learn about the sites through one of the Soundscope talking telescopes, then head to the Signature Room for a drink! -- Green Guide Editor
  • Brittany M.
    Brittany McMahanJuly 17, 2012
    Save $10 and go up to the 96th floor instead of going on the Observation deck on the 94th. You can have a drink and enjoy just as good a view!
  • OC Food D.heart icon on user image
    OC Food DivaOctober 13, 2014
    If you have time to go twice, I would recommend visiting once in the morning around 10am and again right before sunset.
  • Susa D.heart icon on user image
    Susa DNovember 18, 2016
    The view is great, but unfortunately you cannot take pictures without nets or glass in front of you, leading to a lot of reflections in night pictures. No access to the roof.
  • Edward F.
    Edward ForteJune 13, 2023
    Catch a view of Chicago, grab a cocktail, and relax. For thrill seekers try the tilting window
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoFebruary 28, 2012
    An open-air SkyWalk at John Hancock Observatory, not only gives you great views of the city, it also lets invites you to take a breath of fresh air!
  • Lisa A.
    Lisa AOctober 11, 2013
    Signature room for drinks. Bring yr cell chargers too, plenty of places to recharge at yr table while You relax.
  • Jim R.heart icon on user image
    Jim RuvalcabaSeptember 1, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Visit 10 - 20 minutes before sunset. That way you get the best of the day and night views in one visit.
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    Located on the 94th floor of the building 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, it's the city's only open-air skywalk. Here you'll see an incredible 360-degree view of Chicago, WI, IN & parts of IL.
  • Enrico S.heart icon on user image
    Enrico SSeptember 4, 2015
    Wonderful view of the Chicago. Definitely overpriced. And don't get food up there.
  • Theodore H.heart icon on user image
    Theodore HuffMarch 17, 2013
    Ice skating is a joke. It's a small rink and it's plastic, not ice. It's also 7 dollars on top of the admission fee.
  • Pepita G.heart icon on user image
    Pepita GonzalesJune 13, 2016
    The tilt was awesome and so was watching the sunset. Liked it more than skydeck.
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GFebruary 19, 2011
    10x better than Sears Tower. Better views of the city, great audio tour, espresso bar and much nicer employees. Skip the Sears Tower and come here instead!
  • Catherine P.heart icon on user image
    Catherine PunktFebruary 25, 2015
    Go there between 10 and 11 am (during winter) and you easily can pass through.
  • Laurea d.heart icon on user image
    Laurea de OcampoJuly 9, 2015
    Go at sunset and sit in the West section
  • Pat C.
    Pat CunninghamDecember 24, 2013
    If you're eligible, remember to show your military affiliation to get a good doscount. Chicago is very supportive of the US military.
  • Ghadi T.heart icon on user image
    Ghadi TayebMay 13, 2017
    I loved the view of Chicago from here it is breathtaking.
  • Jira R.heart icon on user image
    Jira RatchniyomApril 12, 2018
    Stunning views from the observatory! 20 dollars each
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    Kat 🐱August 19, 2016
    Amazing night view.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 19, 2014
    Same, if not better, view than Sears Tower and definitely not as crowded. After sunset is gorgeous.
  • Damien D.
    Damien DonnellyJune 3, 2013
    Go to the Signature room and get a drink. It is one floor higher and you don't have to pay the observatory fee.
  • Denise C.
    Denise CarmanOctober 8, 2013
    Go for the ticket that allows two visits in 48 hours. You get the daytime and nighttime view!
  • Cory H.
    Cory HughesJuly 1, 2012
    Buy the boat tour & observatory combo for $35 - instead of paying for them separate (that is, if you want to do both)
  • Ray H.
    Ray HsuMay 4, 2014
    Try getting there before 6:30 for better seats by the window. May even be earlier on weekends.
  • Amy F.
    Amy FMarch 23, 2012
    Friends coming into town? Take them up to the 96th Floor Lounge for a drink, appetizers and a spectacular view of Chicago. No admission fee!
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WalekeJune 28, 2018
    Only go if there is no line. 3:30 pm on a weekday was good for us.
  • Yuri A.heart icon on user image
    Yuri AokiSeptember 27, 2015
    Don't miss this place if you visit Chicago!!
  • Serhii L.heart icon on user image
    Serhii LutskoMarch 25, 2017
    Really worth to try their attractions
  • Will S.heart icon on user image
    Will St MartinSeptember 27, 2015
    Went there at night time, It's absolutely amazing!
  • Trump Hotel Collection
    One of the best views in the city spanning up to 80 miles and four states. Day or night it is breathtaking.
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn SmithApril 7, 2013
    Amazing! Forget the skydeck at Willis Tower. JHC has WAY better views of the city!
  • Laura R.
    Laura RobsonAugust 13, 2013
    Take time to read the information it makes it oh so clear!
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossJuly 19, 2015
    Far better view than Sears/Willis tower. Cheaper and less less crowded!
  • Noel B.heart icon on user image
    Noel BurkeNovember 21, 2012
    This is a must see. The city from in high. Kiss the sky - almost
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