You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world when you visit 360 Chicago to get an unparalleled perspective of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan. Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, 360 Chicago’s elevators are some of the fastest in North America, taking you up to the 94th floor view. Once you’ve basically flown up on the elevator to the 17,000 square foot observation deck, you’ll gain unimaginable views as you encounter the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Interactive activities at the top allow visitors to explore Chicago virtually, viewing landmarks while zooming in and out. Guests can explore the city through the use of digital games for kids or adults, and experience presentations about Chicago’s history, natural scenery, culture and architecture in English or five other languages (Spanish, German, French, Chinese and Portuguese).
Not to Miss at 360 Chicago
- TILT is Chicago’s tallest thrill ride, located within 360 Chicago. Guests enter into an enclosed moving platform that then tilts out more than 1000 feet over Michigan Avenue—from the 94th Floor! TILT is the first ride of its kind on the entire world and safely holds up to 8 people at any time. Get a downward facing view of the Magnificent Mile from high above the Windy City.
- The Sun and Stars entrance option allows for two visits to 360 Chicago within 24 hours so that you can see the city during the daytime, as well as the way it lights up under the stars
360 Chicago Amenities
Some of the services and amenities at 360 Chicago include:
Bar 94 is the highest bar in Chicago! With full, 360-degree views of the city’s incredible landscape, this café/bar allows for a bite to eat, cocktails, Italian coffee, gelato and more. Boasting locally produced spirits and beer, Bar 94 is quickly making its way to the top of the list of things to do in the Windy City.
- All entrances to the building are accessible to wheelchairs, as the elevator.
- Restrooms for disabled guests and family restrooms are located on both the concourse and observatory levels.
Free wi-fi is available for guests of 360 Chicago.
What’s Nearby 360 Chicago
While you’re on Michigan Avenue, you should certainly check out some of the other fascinating options Chicago has to offer, including:
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Oak Street Beach
- Chicago Sports Museum
- 900 N Michigan Shops
- Ditka’s Restaurant
- Broadway Playhouse
Getting to 360 Chicago
Located right on Michigan Avenue, the John Hancock Building is 100 stories high and easy to pick out of a crowd! It’s just a three-minute walk from Oak Street Beach.
If you decide to drive to the John Hancock Center, several parking garages are available nearby, and one is even located in the building. Booking your parking spot in advance with Spot Hero is a very good idea as you’ll get discounted rates and also avoid driving around looking for a space!
For less-convenient weather or if you just don’t feel like walking, you can hop on a CTA bus to John Hancock Center. #146, #147 and #148 should all get you there. Check the CTA website for schedules.
If the weather is nice enough for biking, you can easily jump on a Divvy bike share bicycle! The closest Divvy stations to 360 Chicago are at Michigan Ave & Pearson St or Mies van der Rohe Way & Chestnut St.
When to go to 360 Chicago
Open daily from 9am-11pm year-round, with some seasonal hours and special event closures. The last permitted entry is 30 minutes prior to closing time. It’s suggested to arrive before 11am to avoid the crowds. But if you want the best sunset views, check out sunrisesunset.com for information on the exact time the sun will be setting and plan your trip accordingly.
360 Chicago Insider Tips
- 360 Chicago is included as an attraction option for Chicago CityPASS, Go Chicago Card and Chicago Explorer Pass
- Sky Guides–Locals and out-of-towners can schedule a 360 Chicago tour to include access to an expert guide who will answer questions about the city’s history, architecture and more. Check the website for days that this complimentary tour is offered.
- Monday is the only day when photographers can use a tripod in the observation deck to capture skylines fully.
- 360 Chicago offers opportunities for various specialized events that may include yoga on Saturday mornings, live music on Sundays, Trivia Nights, art days and more. Be sure to check out the schedule if you want to participate in (or avoid!) one of these events.
If you’re looking for a similar skyscraper experience, consider visiting the Willis Tower Skydeck.