the pitch begins, go to the restaurant lounge with a free elevator ride and then decide to pay about a third more for drinks and enjoy the view or spend $18 an adult to take the express elevator to the top for a walk around a pretty depressing top floor. yes, the views are spectacular on all sides, but you would have thought there could have been a better display than a short wall display of historical photos. Certainly the Chicago Historical Society, in collaboration with the profiteers holding the lease to the floor, could have designed a better more engaging display. Maybe they could arrange a tie in between the historical sights / museum and the observatory. Okay, once is fine. You're visiting the big city and want a spectacular view, just fork over the dollars and appreciate the engineering behind the Hancock tower, maybe think about the architectural gems in the city below. but don't expect much more enlightenment from any placards, attendants, or the interesting but limited monitors with zoom imaging of views of the city.
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