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“PT Barnum in the Modern Age”

360 Chicago Observation Deck
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360 Chicago Observation Deck (formerly John Hancock Observatory) Admission
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$69.00*
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Ranked #8 of 657 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: Soaring 1,000 feet over Michigan Avenue, 360 CHICAGO is one of the city’s most unique attractions. Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, 360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory) offers breathtaking views of Chicago’s skyline, the lakefront and four neighboring states. It’s also the only place you can enjoy TILT – Chicago’s highest thrill ride. This one-of-a-kind marvel tilts guests off the side of the building and provides the most thrilling views of Chicago. Come to 360 Chicago for the best views all around.
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

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.

Thank NeedSher
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We visited on a Monday and no lines, went right up....enjoyed 360 views of all of Chicago...this is a MUST for a visit to the Chicago...Large Interactive screens for info on all the buildings and areas. We enjoyed a nice salad for lunch...food good but pricey....

Thank Rich R
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Chicago has one of the most beautiful skylines I've ever seen. It has such a variety in terms of the style of buildings that you can't help but love how it looks. The Observatory is a perfect place to get great shots of the city from all directions. The line-ups can be large but if you get there at a decent time you can manage to avoid these. If you don't go to the Observatory when you're in Chicago - you are missing out!

Thank xtinecarmen
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

When anyone asks me for directions to Willis Tower I suggest they go instead to John Hancock Observatory especially on a weekend. You can see so much more, and there's a lot more going on around there. I have been there many times, alone and with visitors. The view of the lake, and across the lake to other states on clear days makes it probably the best view in Chicago. However, if you're afraid of heights, you won't have my enthusiasm.

Thank 197marian
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

The John Hancock Observatory offers an incredible 360 degree panoramic view of Chicago that the Willis Tower cannot match despite the fact that the Willis Tower is about 10 stories taller. We visited both on the same day and were thankful to be able to experience such breathtaking views from each building regardless of the gloomy weather. The Skywalk is really cool -- sort of an open air screened window corridor that you can walk through and feel those winds howling all around you. Yes, it's quite windy up there. We also enjoyed a hot chocolate at the cafe while taking it all in. This is definitely worth the $18 fee we paid -- bring your camera and binoculars (and maybe even a sweater)!!

Thank csavyfan
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