Get a bird’s eye view of the Windy City
Chicago looks great from any angle. So make sure you sample it from the very top - 100 stories up with a 360° view of the city. Completed in 1970, The John Hancock Center with its 360 Chicago Observation Deck is the place to come for stunning views. Forget just looking out onto Lake Michigan – from here you can look out onto 4 states, and see for distances of up to 80 miles (129 kilometers)!
Chicago 360 opened in 2014, and up here you can take Chicago’s only open-air SkyWalk. If you’ve really got a head for heights, try out ‘Tilt’ - a segment of the John Hancock building that tilts out over the Windy City at a 30° angle, giving you a downward view over the Magnificent Mile from 1,000 feet (305 meters) up. Our tour route stops right outside the center so you can hop off to experience the 100 story building up close.
Do you find it hard to spot the landmarks when you’re gazing out on a city? Don’t worry, they’ve thought of that at 360 Chicago. You can use the very latest interactive touch screen technology, so you’ll easily know exactly what you’re looking at.
A center, not a building
Wondering why it’s called the John Hancock Center and not the John Hancock Building? Well there were originally meant to be 2 skyscrapers here. The exclusive Casino Club at 195 East Delaware refused to give up the rights to the land. In fact, the President of the Casino simply ignored the letter from the developer.
Other interesting facts about John Hancock Center & 360 Chicago
- The building is 344 meters (1,128 feet) high
- It has 100 stories
- It used to be the 2nd highest building in the world – now it’s the 4th tallest in Chicago
- The 44th-floor sky lobby is home to America’s highest indoor swimming pool