John Hancock Center
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 87%Local Culture
- 80%Art & Design Lovers
- 66%Budget Travelers
- 66%Luxury Travelers
- 66%Adventure Travelers
- 58%Nightlife Lovers
Member Reviews (113)
- John Hancock CenterMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 6Feb 16, 2014
The John Hancock Center is a "must see" in Chicago. Visitors have the opportunity to go up over 90 floors to an observatory that offers spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan. After some scenic photo taking, visitors can head over to the Signature Room on the 95th floor for a nice romantic dinner in the dining room or to the lounge for good cocktails, appetizers, and conversations.
- John Hancock CenterMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jan 19, 2014
The observation deck at the Sears Tower (Willis Tower) may get all of the attention but the John Hancock has the best views. The Hancock isn't the tallest but you'll be in a prime position to view the Sears and Lake Shore Drive.
- John Hancock CenterMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 19, 2014
The views are truly great. Since I grew up in the area I love pouring over the details of the cityscape and spotting all the familiar landmarks. Great views of the lake too. Next time I go I'll try the option of going to the bar and getting a drink with the views.
- John Hancock CenterMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jan 19, 2014
In my opinion, the best bar in Chicago. A little over priced but worth ever penny. The view is just as spectacular as the Willis Tower but a more mature and relaxing environment.
- John Hancock CenterMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jan 19, 2014
REVIEW FOR THE OBSERVATORY:
**BEST SKYLINE VIEWS OF CHICAGO**
I've read so many reviews about where to go for views.
Went for this one.
Adults (12+) ....................$18
Youth (3-11) ....................$12
Children (under 3) ............FREE
But we did this one:
Sun & Stars - one ticket for Chicago's BEST views by day and night (valid 48 hours).
Adults (12+) ....................$24.50
Youth (3-11) ....................$18.50
Children (under 3) ............FREE
We went TWICE yo.
Yes TWICE makes everything NICE.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
And GET THIS. What better way to take in Chicago than relaxing over a coffee or wine at their award-winning Lavazza Espression café??
Cuisine designed by 3-star Michelin chef Ferran Adrià, it's the perfect place to have a cup of amazing espresso and a snack with the most spectacular view.
Oooh, FREE Wi-Fi service, too.
People have suggested to "cheat" and go to their Signature Lounge at the 96th and pay only for the cocktails. Problem is, cocktails are super expensive ($15+) and the views will not be amazing as here. Plus service at the Signature Lounge is either a hit or miss (mostly misses).
After calculating total costs, I'd rather pay extra for this "tourist trap". You can be leisure here and soak it all up without any pressure from a wait staff. And, take all the pictures you want. Yeah, I'll pay the extra $$ for the peace of mind and convenience.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND on a clear and sunny day.Recommended for:Family Travelers
- John Hancock CenterMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersJan 19, 2014
While all the other tourists are waiting for hours to get to the top of the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower, but it'll always be the Sears Tower), head over to the Hancock instead for shorter lines, a cheaper ticket to the top, and views that are just as impressive from the top. Or skip the lines entirely and just get a drink at the bar a few floors below the observation deck - the price of a drink and the price of a ticket to the top floor are pretty much the same, anyway.
- John Hancock CenterMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5May 23, 2013
Fantastic city views, especially on a clear night! Grab a drink at the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor instead of paying the viewing fees for the observation deck or eating dinner at the restaurant on the 95th floor