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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...more
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John Hancock Building, 200 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

Its a stunning building wrt its mirrored walls, last time we visited you could go to the observation deck but that ended after 09/11; made famous with its reflection of Trinity Church and also as the base of Fringe, well worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 28, 2018

An iconic tower dominating the skyline of Boston for a significant distance in all directions. Regretably it's no longer possible for those without genuine business reason to pop to the viewing area upon high and have a look out over the city.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed the reflections of Trinity church located across the street. The building itself is ok, but the buildings reflecting on it make it pretty cool.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

It's free to go up to the 96th floor although they require you to buy a drink. it's a great view of the city and river from way up there, however the windows are filthy....during my 5 day trip to Chicago we seen window washers...More

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank Laurie K
Reviewed September 19, 2017 via mobile

We entered this (office-looking) building, asked if there was a rooftop seeing, but the answer was "No you mean the Prudential Center" ... we walked overthere and the rooftop was closed because of the misty weather :-(

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

It is a beautiful glass building right in the center of Boston close to Copley Place, Trinity church and the Back Bay Amtrak station. On sunny days you can see the city's reflection on the sides of the building. Georges!

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

On this visit, we only walked by the John Hancock Tower. It's still a beautiful building. My first visit to Boston was over 20 years ago and back then they had the John Hancock Observatory. It was a very popular attraction and the observation deck...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Reviewed April 3, 2017

Hancock tower here in Boston has closed their observatory in 2001 after 9/11 and it hasn't been reopened since and there are companies that occupy the floor it was on now. So if you plan on visiting Boston you will have to do the prudential...More

Date of experience: April 2017
15  Thank nikki w
Reviewed November 12, 2016

This is a great place to stop for a drink or bite to eat while enjoying the view over Boston and well beyond. We went up on a cloudy day and still had a great view while enjoying a bottle of wine as a storm...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed October 9, 2016

What makes the Hancock Tower so impressive is it's location. It's across the street from Copley Square and has an amazing reflection of Trinity Church in it's facade. If you're lucky enough to be there at the right time of day and the right sunlight,...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the
heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and
the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable
skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock
Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit
Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques
– as well as every other kind of store imaginable –
all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice
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Windsor, Canada
Restaurant name (2 Replies)
I'm trying to find the name of the cafe/restaurant at the base of the John Hancock tower, it is right next door to the Jamba Juice. Can anyone help me??? Thanks!!
July 29, 2007|
Response fromDave148|
The Cheesecake Factory & L'Appetito are on the Garden Plaza level.
Chicago itinerary help (10 Replies)
Myself, wife and 8 yr old son are coming over and staying at the Swiss over Easter weekend. Any thoughts about our itinerary? Day 1 Arrive, grab pizza and crash Day 2 City tour (which one!) John Hancock Tower, early dinner then have tickets for Wicked. Day 3 Shedd Aquarium,Adler Planetarium and Millenium Park Day 4 Sears Tower and Art Institute and catch a movie Day 5 Navy Pier before flight home
April 04, 2006|
Response fromCitylights|
I agree that a movie is probably of a waste after a transatlantic flight as it will likely be shown in the UK in a few months or on your next flight over. And if it doesn't have subtitles, there's the language problem <g>. If the zoo doesn't appeal to you, what about a sports event? You could see a baseball game, the White Sox are playing Toronto that weekend. At United Center, there are Bulls basektball games on Apr 14 and 19 and Blackhawks hockey on Apr 13, 16 and 18. Both US...More
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Family with teens visit in March 2013 (4 Replies)
My family with all boys (2 teens and 10 year old) are planning a visit to Chicago in March (11-13). Our children are originally from Poland; we adopted two years ago, and we would like to take them to Polish restaurants and grocery store. Any suggestions or must dos? We plan to go to Mus. Science & Ind. , John Hancock Tower, and Shedd. Thanks for all suggestions!
February 13, 2013|
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I would consider the Planetarium or Field Museum as well if the kids like space or dinosaurs respectively. Both are fun museums if you're interested in these areas. For views, the Willis Tower has the glass ledge you can walk out on, which probably will appeal to the kids. But the lines are longer than the Hancock. I can vouch for the red apple buffet. It's not gourmet food, but it's tasty and all you can eat, which might help if your teenage boys eat like most teenage boys. If you...More