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360 CHICAGO, Chicago

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The city's dramatic skyline awaits you at 360 CHICAGO. Atop the fourth-tallest building in Chicago, you can get unobstructed views of the town's impressive architecture, beaches, and lakefront. You'll ride up 94 floors in some of the fastest elevators in North America to the observation deck of the John Hancock Building to enjoy the panoramic sweep across four states. The deck also features plenty of the city's history in several displays. Use our Chicago travel itinerary maker to visit 360 CHICAGO on your trip to Chicago, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Visited at around 4pm on a Monday in August. Lines where reasonable (15 min or do). Impressive views of the city, and the TILT experience is fun. Drinks are a bit expensive, but where can you have dri...  more »
  • We did Willis during day and this at night with the CityPass. There was virtually no one waiting in line around 9:00 and we went right up. The floor was not as busy as Willis as well which was nice. S...  more »
  • If you're watching Chicago from here make sure you do the 30 degree tilt..!! Totally amazing..!! The only thing I found ridiculous was a separate ticket for the tilt and a separate ticket for admissio...  more »
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  • You will not stop raving. The Hancock is without question one of the finest observatories in the world. The views from the top are spectacular, and aside from inclement weather, there are no bad times to be on top. The entire 94th floor is dedicated, so you'll have plenty of room to spend as much time as you want. (Anything less than an hour is a waste.) You have 360° of spectacular views on all points of the compass. To the east is the unbroken placid blue of Lake Michigan - one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world. The sense of calm and peace is very settling because the expanse is so large. To the west is the 3rd largest city in the U.S., and a better view of this great city cannot be had, (especially if you get there around twilight, when the sun goes down and all the lights come on, and you get a sunset you'll never forget.) The north and south views combine the both and they are equally as special and fascinating. If the Hancock weren't built three blocks from the Lake, your views wouldn't be this good. But because it is, they are SPECTACULAR, and utterly unforgettable. You will ride the fastest elevator in the world, and the staff are VERY nice. It has an espresso bar and stadium seating on the west side that encourages long-term enjoyment and world-class contemplation. My daughters and I consider our Chicago visit isn't complete without a trip to the Hancock. It is, without question, the finest observatory in the world.
  • Had an awesome time at this attraction. This was part of the Chicago CityPass and we were able to waltz in, skip most of the line and be in the observatory with minimal waiting. The views were spectacular and there was enough room to accommodate the crowds. Paid the extra money for the Tilt and it was fun! Pretty short, but my palms got sweaty as I looked over the street.
  • We visited first thing in the morning (9am) so queues were minimal, entry is just over $20 which is fairly reasonable.Lift up to the top takes a few minutes, viewing area is quite spacious, obviously the the views are great. The Tilt attraction is $7 but didn't look worth that, watched people on it and couldn't really see the point of paying, all you get is a slightly better angle to the ground! So, as I said, great views, but get there early to avoid the queues.
  • In New York, we went up Rockefeller Center instead of the Empire State Building. This time we continued the tradition of going to the less popular observation deck. With Rockefeller, I decided to go there because (apart from shorter lines) we actually could see Empire State building in our view. It's not quite the same in this case because Willis Tower is quite far from John Hancock and somewhat obstructed. However, I do like that you are closer to the lake in 360. This attraction is also available as part of Chicago CityPASS or the Go Chicago Card so see if either will work for you. A few days later we decided to check out Willis tower. 3 hour wait? No thank you. Visited September 2015
  • Amazing view! Go on a sunny evening to enjoy both end afternoon & night views! Cheaper than Willis tower but still expensive..around 25$ for an entry incl. a drink, but definitely worth it.

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The Midwest's major center for business conventions, Chicago boasts many affordable places to stay, with most hotels located around the airport and the city's central business district. To discover the city from a comfortable base within walking distance of most tourist attractions, aim for one of the big chain hotels in the downtown area. If you're traveling on a limited budget and wish to get a deeper sense of Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods, consider staying away from the pricey city center and explore suburbs on a commuter train line for easy city access.
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