John Hancock Center
John Hancock Center
4.5
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Neighbourhood: Near North Side
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  • Chicago • 6 min walk
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,561 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Although now known uninspiring as "875 North Michigan Avenue", this impressive modern skyscraper located along the Magnificent Mile will always be remembered as The John Hancock Center. Built in 1968, it was the second tallest building in the world. Only the Empire State Building was taller. Now it is only the 5th tallest building in just Chicago. However, it remains an iconic landmark and is a key contributor to making Chicago one of the best cities for architecture in the world. For a steep price, you can visit the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on the 95th floor for incredible views both day and night. There is also a separate restaurant on the 94th floor. I think the views from the John Hancock are better than the Sears Tower (Willis Tower) but the later can claim to be the tallest in the city.
Written 11 March 2024
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Sylwia T
Romeoville, IL40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
We had family members visiting from Europe & we took them for a drink at 96 th floor. We got there an early Monday evening so it wasn’t crowded at all. We had table at the window. Views are incredible, city view, water, beach. Our guests had the chance to see the Windy City from perspective. We ordered raspberry mule, Cuba libre, bottle of wine. All drinks were delicious. We stayed over 3 hours. Crowd started picking up in later hours but that didn’t bother us. The bill was $180 for 5 people
Written 8 May 2023
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godsbooboo
Incline Village, Nv158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This building offers a 360 degree view of Chicago and Lake Michigan. The view is from the 94th floor and is spectacular. The interactive signs and markings on the windows help you to identify what you are seeing.
We went during the week in March and there were no crowds to speak of, which made it very pleasant. It's a fun outing for adults and children.
Written 7 April 2023
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Chicago Mag
Chicago, IL105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Imagine! Living 57 years in Chicago and only getting to the top of the John Hancock this year. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, sunny in Chicago that gave the buildings an added beauty with their shadows along the lakefront. Had relatives in from Ireland that had never traveled on a plane, not to mention never been in a skyscraper. Beyond spectacular! Enjoyed a cocktail at the "Cloudbar" and solidified another notch in an epic adventure. Check out CityPASS for savings of some of the best Chicago attractions.
Written 27 December 2022
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Adam M
London, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Had brilliant views of chicago, we had good weather so we really could see for miles. The tilt experience looked interesting but is very brief, not essential to make it an enjoyable trip
Written 6 November 2022
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Rob C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Well worth the price of admission. A spectacular view and lots of room to sit and enjoy upstairs. Good for groups or families. Bar serves snacks and alcohol.
Written 20 October 2022
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Steve W
Alpharetta, GA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Went to the top for drinks with my daughter and son-in-law. The view was incredible! It was a clear day and you can walk around (it's 360 degrees) and see ALL of Chicago! Great for pictures!
Written 12 October 2022
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Irina
United States11,107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It's been always a pleasure to visit John Hancock Center - its elliptical-shaped plaza outside, that is so sharply designed, wonderfully decorated and landscaped, that in summer you can easily spend several hours there. Some nice, mid-range restaurants on the plaza also have shaded seating areas outside, and the general ambiance there is highly relaxing and welcoming. Located next to the Magnificent Mile, the plaza is always very busy during warm seasons.

I've visited John Hancock Center many times before -- indoors the center looks very contemporary and spacious. Some exhibits of modern abstract art, that I planned to see this time, are displayed in the lobby on the ground floor. The staff and security I talked to, were all very courteous, hospitable, friendly and knowledgeable -- we briefly shared the views on the magic power of modern art!

The center has various attractions onsite -- one of them is the famous 360 Chicago Observatory , with TILT, that provides an exciting experience on its moving platform, and that is very popular with visitors.

Previously I've also been to the 96-floor Signature Lounge, that -- besides great lunch -- offers some spectacular, breathtaking views of the city, and on the 95th floor there's also a more formal, fine-dining Signature Room.

The building is equipped with dozens of high-speed lifts and elevators, which -- under supervision of a well-trained staff -- move up at a top speed of 1,800 ft/min. The spiral parking garage outdoors is nearby, and it also looks like a piece of modern architecture art; the garage is connected to the building of John Hancock Center by a bridge.

I have to add, that since 2018 this center doesn't have the name John Hancock Center anymore, it has been renamed into the vanguard abbreviated combo of numbers and letters: 875 NMA. Which is of course the location of the center: 875 North Michigan Avenue.

But for many, it is still John Hancock Center, and I look forward to coming back there soon!
Written 8 August 2022
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Cowboydavy115
Spokane, WA302 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
We had a beautiful and clear day for the viewing from the observation deck. The view of Lake Michigan was super, and we could see all three states, plus the state of confusion. I was glad I was able to see the gold dome of the old Blimp mooring on the top of one of skyscrapers. Beautiful view of Chicago, but you can see the effects of the level of the Lake rising. A lot of the beach area has disappeared, and you can see how high the Lake level has become. The attraction that leans you out over the edge is INSANE. We watched several people get in the box and SCREAM when they got tilted. It was quite amusing. This is a great place for a drink at sunset! Super sight not to missed when visiting Chicago.
Written 21 July 2022
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DesertGal
Harwood, ND160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
My group came here for an evening cocktail at the bar. We had a table right by the window and enjoyed a wonderful view of both the lake and Michigan Ave. while we socialized. This bar should be on everyone's list of places to visit.
Written 12 July 2022
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