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Hours:
9:00am- 11:00pm

When to Go:

Age Restriction:

Important Information:
Although the John Hancock Center is free to visit and explore, tickets must be purchased to enter the John Hancock Observatory

360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Center)

Quick Facts

  • Tour this architectural wonder
  • Explore its many shops and restaurants
  • Get a 360 degree view of Chicago atop the John Hancock Observatory

Address:
875 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
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User Average Review

Overall:
4
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
4

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Tour Review : 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Center)


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.65
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
3

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

John Hancock Center - Great meeting place

The John Hancock Center is essentially just the bottom area of the John Hancock Building. There are a few shops, a Cheesecake Factory, and it's where you buy your tickets to the John Hancock Observatory or take the elevator to the 95th floor Signature Room. (Oh, and there's a post office.)

The Hancock Center is convenient because the building is so recognizable and geographically-centered that it makes for the perfect meeting place; I was actually picked up for two separate tours at the Hancock Center, which goes to show you what locals consider it useful for. There's not really too much more to say about the Hancock Center, other than don't just sit there - take the elevator to the top! That's where the real views are.

Tour Review : 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Center)


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.35
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

John Hancock Chicago - You Have to Go to the Top!

Forget about the Sears Tower, which is mostly just tourist central. If you want a really cool experience at a Chicago skyscraper, head over to the John Hancock. There is the observatory at the top, but avoid that as you have to pay to enter there. Most people don’t think about this, but just go to the lounge/restaurant area at the very top, which is free to get in and it has the same view.

We sat at the bar and just ordered a drink, and it was so much better then the observatory anyways. It’s got a really trendy vibe in the bar and it overlooks the whole city. I definitely recommend going during sunset so you can see all the lights of the city start to turn on. I hear sometimes there’s really long lines to get a seat in the lounge area, but we got seated right away. It’s the perfect place to hang out, sip on a cocktail and enjoy the amazing views. All ladies should go in the women’s restroom while your here. I heard it’s incredible with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the city. I wouldn’t know though considering the men’s restroom was no better then the public bathroom at Navy Pier, but I hear the women’s is phenomenal!

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Ticket Pricing

  • Adult Price
    $17.50
  • Child Price
    $11.05

Summary

Features: The John Hancock Center is one of Chicago's most well-known buildings. It is the 12th tallest building in the world and features 100 floors, including apartments, offices, shops, a hotel, an ice rink, restaurants, its own post office, and radio and television facilities. The observation deck is a top attraction for visitors. John Hancock Center Chicago was completed in 1969 and features a tapered design for structural and space efficiency.

Why We Go: The John Hancock Center Chicago is one of Chicago's most famous architectural landmarks and hosts a plethora of shops and fun attractions.

  • The John Hancock Observatory: Awe at the spectacular views of not only Chicago's city skyline but also take in the breathtaking sights of four states: Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin! 
  • Great Ammenities: The John Hancock Center Chicago features many well known stores and popular restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory.
  • Top Location: Located in the historic Streeterville district, the John Hancock Tower is next to many luxury boutiques, fashion stores and upmarket eateries.

Inside Knowledge: Enjoy a swanky meal atop the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center Chicago at The Signature Room restaurant. Not only are the views spectacular but so is the food!

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Visit the Observatory: The John Hancock Observatory is a must see for any Chicago traveler. Nowhere else in Chicago can you see such stunning and far reaching views.
  • Do Take Your Time: With so much to do and see at the John Hancock Building Chicago, you will want to take your time and plan your day accordingly. 
  • Don't Forget the Kids: Kids will love exploring this impressive building and of course taking in the sights atop the John Hancock Observatory.
  • Don't Forget Your Camera: You will definitely want to take pictures of the impressive John Hancock Building Chicago.

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Tour Review : 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Center)


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4.35
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

John Hancock Chicago - You Have to Go to the Top!

Forget about the Sears Tower, which is mostly just tourist central. If you want a really cool experience at a Chicago skyscraper, head over to the John Hancock. There is the observatory at the top, but avoid that as you have to pay to enter there. Most people don’t think about this, but just go to the lounge/restaurant area at the very top, which is free to get in and it has the same view.

We sat at the bar and just ordered a drink, and it was so much better then the observatory anyways. It’s got a really trendy vibe in the bar and it overlooks the whole city. I definitely recommend going during sunset so you can see all the lights of the city start to turn on. I hear sometimes there’s really long lines to get a seat in the lounge area, but we got seated right away. It’s the perfect place to hang out, sip on a cocktail and enjoy the amazing views. All ladies should go in the women’s restroom while your here. I heard it’s incredible with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the city. I wouldn’t know though considering the men’s restroom was no better then the public bathroom at Navy Pier, but I hear the women’s is phenomenal!

Tour Review : 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Center)


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.65
Location:
5
Information:
3
Fun Factor:
3

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 11/11

Went with:

The tour was:

John Hancock Center - Great meeting place

The John Hancock Center is essentially just the bottom area of the John Hancock Building. There are a few shops, a Cheesecake Factory, and it's where you buy your tickets to the John Hancock Observatory or take the elevator to the 95th floor Signature Room. (Oh, and there's a post office.)

The Hancock Center is convenient because the building is so recognizable and geographically-centered that it makes for the perfect meeting place; I was actually picked up for two separate tours at the Hancock Center, which goes to show you what locals consider it useful for. There's not really too much more to say about the Hancock Center, other than don't just sit there - take the elevator to the top! That's where the real views are.