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360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Observatory) Tours

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Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, 360 Chicago offers an interactive experience of the Windy City’s history and culture on the way up to its 94th-floor observation deck. From here, sweeping views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan are enhanced by Tilt—moving glass lookouts that that literally tilt you out 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the Magnificent Mile.
 
The Basics
The 360 Chicago experience begins in a first-floor exhibition space, with interactive touchscreens and historical exhibits about Chicago and the construction of the John Hancock Center. Afterward, visitors are whisked up 94 floors in high-speed elevators to the 17,000-square-foot (1,579-square-meter), 360-degree observation deck. From this vantage point on a clear day, you can take in views of virtually the entire city and Lake Michigan. See the Oak Street and North Avenue beaches, Lincoln Park, and the high rises on Lake Shore Drive, as well as three of Illinois’ neighboring states: Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Thrill seekers can experience Tilt, a moving platform that tilts you out over Michigan Avenue for a truly unique perspective.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Allow about one hour for your visit.
  • The 360 Chicago site is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Architect’s Corner Bar & Café has a full bar and serves coffee, gelato, breakfast, and snacks near the viewing windows.
  • The Tilt experience is not included with general admission.
 
How to Get There
360 Chicago is located on North Michigan Avenue, near the beginning of the Magnificent Mile shopping stretch. The John Hancock Building is easily accessible by El trains, city buses, and hop-on hop-off bus tours.

When to Get There
The observation deck is open 9am to 11pm daily, year-round. The last admission is at 10:30pm. Early morning is best for daytime visits, as skies tend to be clearer and views are the most expansive and colorful. Nighttime gives a different, dazzling view of the illuminated city. If you’d like to visit twice, opt for the “sun and stars” admission so you can compare the daytime and after-dark views.
 
Activities at 360 Chicago
For an enhanced experience, time your visit with one of 360 Chicago’s scheduled activities. Wake up with Saturday morning sky-high yoga (9-10am); join a Tuesday Sky Guide “tour,” where volunteers from the Chicago Architecture Foundation discuss significant skyline buildings (6-9pm); or spend a Thursday evening at 360 Hoppy Hour, featuring Chicago-brewed craft-beer specials (5:30-8:30pm).
Address: 875 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA
Hours: Daily 9am–11pm
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14 Tours and Activities to Experience 360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Observatory)

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360 CHICAGO Observation Deck Admission (Hancock Center)

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck Admission (Hancock Center)

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Tower above the Windy City’s world-famous skyline with admission to 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Ascend 94 stories to the observation deck of one of the tallest buildings in North America aboard its lightning-fast elevator. Then check out bird’s-eye views of landmarks like the famous Willis (Sears) Tower and the lakefront shoreline, and enjoy a variety of interactive touch screens and educational exhibits on site. Upgrade to the Sun and Stars package for two visits to the observation deck within 48 hours. With mobile tickets, simply scan your phone for direct entry into 360 Chicago.
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  • 1 day
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$25.00
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360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center) Sun & Stars Admission

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center) Sun & Stars Admission

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If you can’t decide whether you prefer clear daytime or twinkling nighttime city views, this is the ideal activity for you. The Sun and Stars admission ticket to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck allows you to visit twice, so you can come once in the day, once at night. The deck is one of the highest points in Chicago, and this ticket allows you to see the stunning panoramic views in two completely different ways.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$28.50
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360 CHICAGO Observation Deck Plus TILT (Hancock Center)

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck Plus TILT (Hancock Center)

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Discover Chicago from 1,500 feet (457.2 m) above the ground at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Open between 9am to 10:30pm, you can visit at a time that fits with your schedule. It’s a great experience for adults and children alike. Your ticket also includes admission to TILT, a thrill ride that gives you a hair-raising view over The Magnificent Mile.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$33.00
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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  • 1 hour
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$38.85
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Chicago CityPASS

Chicago CityPASS

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Get the most out of your trip to Chicago as you enjoy discount access to five of the city’s top attractions with the CityPASS. This easy-to-use mobile ticket grants you free entry into top-tier sights including the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, and the Field Museum as well as a choice of the Art Institute of Chicago or Adler Planetarium, and Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Plus enjoy a wealth of useful Chicago tips and savings at a variety of other venues and retailers.
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  • 9 days
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$109.00
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Go Chicago Explorer Pass with SkyDeck and 360 Chicago

Go Chicago Explorer Pass with SkyDeck and 360 Chicago

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The easiest and most affordable way to explore some of Chicago's top attractions at your own pace, the Go Chicago Explorer Pass saves you up to 45 percent on regular ticket prices. Create your own sightseeing itinerary by choosing 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions, tours, and activities from among more than 30 top sites, including SkyDeck, 360 Chicago, the Field Museum, a shoreline sightseeing cruise, a hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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$66.00
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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With several strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while live commentary onboard gives you insight into the city's colorful history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.00
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Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

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This Chicago grand tour covers four hours of sightseeing with admission to 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Get oriented to the Windy City on a coach tour that takes you along a scenic route on Lake Shore Drive, and past North Side and South Side highlights including Museum Campus, Lincoln Park, Washington Park, Grant Park and Wrigley Field. Finish on the 94th floor of the Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest landmarks, for panoramic views of the Magnificent Mile from the open-air observation deck.
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  • 4 hours
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$73.95
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Go Chicago All-Inclusive Pass with Skip the Line Access

Go Chicago All-Inclusive Pass with Skip the Line Access

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Enjoy admission to more than 26 of Chicago's most popular attractions with the Go Chicago™ Pass. Create your own itinerary and sightsee at your own pace. Save your pass, available as your 'ticket' after purchase, on your mobile device; don't waste time redeeming vouchers. This pass offers something for all members of the family. Take a hop-on hop-off trolley tour or admire the stunning views from SkyDeck Chicago. The Go Chicago™ Pass is available in 1-, 2-, 3-, or 5-day options. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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$118.00
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1-Day Chicago City Tour(Chicago Departure) CH1

1-Day Chicago City Tour(Chicago Departure) CH1

Itinerary will be change in the winter (11/5-4/1 every year) due to certain attraction close for winter. 1. Stand on top of 360 Chicago and enjoy Lake Michigan and the great skyline at 1000 inches from the heart of downtown Chicago. 2. Walk around the ironic site Millennium Park admiring its postmodern architectures. 3. Visit one of the top three art museums in the United States -- The Art Institute of Chicago for its encyclopedic collections. 4. Take in the amazing urban view of the city by a helicopter tour. 5. Grab a bite of authentic Chicago at Giordano’s Pizza, Garrett Popcorn, Portillo's Hot Dog. 6. Boarding at Downtown Chicago,departs everyday in winter itinerary.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$59.00
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Chicago Foodie Lovers Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Chicago Foodie Lovers Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Our Chicago Foodie Lovers Tour will take you to the most iconic and delicious spots in Chicago all in one day. If you are looking for a little bit of culture, great photos, and a ton of delicious food then this is the tour for you. The day will start with meeting with your friendly local guide. From there your tour will begin as you start your day walking throughout Chicago and dining at the most famous and delicious food spots in Chicago. This half-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, yummy food and much much more! ==== Full schedule 11:00 AM - Meet your guide at the Grand subway station 11:05 AM - Taste the famous Portillos hotdogs 11:45 AM - Enjoy an Al’s Italian Beef Sandwich 12:35 PM - Drool lover a Chicago favorite deep dish pizza 1:25 PM - Take some Garrett's Popcorn to go 1:35 PM - Check out Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building 2:05 PM - Try the delicious Do-rite Donuts 2:20 PM - Walk to Buckingham Fountain 3:00 - Get dropped off at the Millennium Subway Station
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  • 4 hours
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$289.00
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Chicago Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive)

Chicago Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive)

If you're looking for an exciting and stress-free day exploring the wonders of Chicago, then this is the tour for you. We can’t wait to show you around! The morning will start with a private pickup from your hotel by one of our friendly, local guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable and spacious vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secret spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM – Pick up from Hotel 10:15 AM – Check out Buckingham Fountain 10:45 AM – Arrive at Michigan Avenue Bridge 11:15 AM – Awe at the Chicago Cultural Center 12:15 PM – See Cloud Gate and explore Millennium park 1:00 PM – Lunch time 2:00 PM – Go to Chicago Theater 2:30 PM – See Garfield Park Conservatory 3:00 PM – Check out the Greetings from Chicago mural 3:30 PM – Snap a cool pic outside of Wrigley Field 3:45 PM – Return to hotel 4:00 PM – Arrive at hotel
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  • 6 hours
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$749.00
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Scenic Chicago North Side Tour and 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

Scenic Chicago North Side Tour and 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

Discover the sights of North Chicago on a 2-hour group walking tour. Offered in the morning and afternoon, select a start time that fits with your schedule. Follow your guide to Millennium Park, Lake Michigan, and more. Feel free to pause for photos and ask questions whenever you like. You also get free admission to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, which you can use at anytime until 10:30pm.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$55.95
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Historic Chicago South Side Tour and 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

Historic Chicago South Side Tour and 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

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Discover the historical sights of South Chicago on a 2-hour group walking tour. Select the morning or afternoon start time, depending on your preference. Follow your guide to Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Obama's House, and other sites that define the historical South Side. Pause for photos and ask questions at any time. You also get a free ticket to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, which you can use at anytime until 10:30pm.
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4 Hours of Chicago City Tour Sedan

4 Hours of Chicago City Tour Sedan

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  • 4 hours
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6 Hours of Chicago City Tour Sedan

6 Hours of Chicago City Tour Sedan

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  • 6 hours
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$580.00
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4 Hours of Chicago City Tour SUV

4 Hours of Chicago City Tour SUV

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  • 4 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are 360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Observatory) hours of operation?
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360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Observatory) hours of operation: Daily 9am–11pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book 360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Observatory) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since 360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Observatory) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 14 360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Observatory) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit 360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Observatory) 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to 360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Observatory) costs USD 25.00. Guided 360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Observatory) tours start around USD 25.00 per person. See all 14 360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Observatory) tickets and tours on Viator.
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