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Address: John Hancock Building, 200 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone Number: 617-572-6420
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This striking I.M. Pei edifice, famous for its beauty and infamous for...

This striking I.M. Pei edifice, famous for its beauty and infamous for falling glass panes, is Boston's tallest building. After terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the popular 60th-floor observatory was permanently closed due to security concerns.

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If you have never been up to the 95th floor, then try it, I've been there few times as I lived in Chicago, but the view is really great and on a clear clear day you can see think... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Orange County ca

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Tampa, Florida
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Views from the top of the John Hancock building are incredible - we went to the bar and were able to grab a seat looking out over the city. After visiting Chicago, a frequent visitor shared the tip that enjoying the views from the bar (in the evening) is a great tourist tip - versus paying for the same view... More 

Thank Manatee5
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, at that height the view can't be anything but fantastic. However, would I have hit myself for not visiting the one and only chance I have, don't think so some how. But there were lots of other people there who all appeared to think it was fantastic. Got to make your own mind up on this one.

Thank Peter S
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Worth the few dollars to go to the top. Went just before Thanksgiving and Christmas was already being set up for. The pine smell, lights, colors and music. A movie was being shot at the viewing area on top. Totally cool to see. The view from that height was spectacular at night!! Very romantic.

Thank Bill H
Palm City, Florida
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116 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

True that the view is spectacular, especially on a clear day, however, $29 per person seemed like a steep fee. We spent about an hour gazing out the massive windows, but I still thought it was overpriced. 5 star for the view, 1 star for the price, hence, the 3 star review.

Thank Patricia316
Sao Paulo, SP
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

I didn't go the the Observatory. I went directly to the Signature Lounge and it was fantastic. The views are great! There was a queue in the sunset but I think this is the best hour to go there. Girls, don't forget to go to the female restroom: it has fantastic views as well!!

Thank Karla C
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193 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Have done the Signature Lounge previously and just did the Observatory with kids. Observatory is expensive at about $30 for adults and $20 for kids. Views are amazing from all four sides. Not sure my 6 and 8 year old kids really knew to appreciate. Obviously, the view is the lure. No comfortable place to sit and relax, although there... More 

Thank LoveToVacateMichigan
Orange County ca
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57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

If you have never been up to the 95th floor, then try it, I've been there few times as I lived in Chicago, but the view is really great and on a clear clear day you can see think it was 4 States or 5, anyway try it and the restaurant I ate was few years ago good food really

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We heard about the views of Chicago from the Hancock Tower on our walking tour, so we had to check it out ourself. Luckily, our tour guide had told us how to avoid the $20 elevator fee - simply go to the bar/lounge on the 96 floor. You are required to buy one item from their menu, and their prices... More 

1 Thank eastcoasthiker
Neuchatel, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

this tower is really cool. you have the reflection of the sky in it. if you go to copley place you will have the trinity church which reflects in the tower. this allows you to take cool pictures. mixes modern and old architecture

1 Thank Mitchi121
Lucca, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

If you wanna have a great Chicago view without paying 25 bucks just for going in the top you can choose to come to the observatory of this tower and having a drink (or a dinner) at the restaurant on the top...i had a great cocktail right there...suggested

1 Thank gino23g10

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