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360 Chicago

Hancock Observatory © Ken Lund
Hancock Observatory © Ken Lund

The John Hancock building is Chicago's third highest skyscraper. Located on the 94th floor, 1,000 feet (305m) above street level, the 360 Chicago Observatory is the city's only open-air skywalk, with 360-degree views, a talking telescope, audio Skytours that provide an overview of the city with 16 stops, and the History Wall, with hundreds of photos illustrating Chicago's history. An annual 'Hustle up the Hancock' stair climb race up the 94 floors is held every February. With a distinctive x-bracing exterior skin, its Observatory competes with the facilities of the Sear's Tower Skydeck across town in the Financial District.

Address: 875 N. Michigan Avenue

Website: www.hancock-observatory.com

Telephone: (888) 875 8439

Opening times: Daily 9am-11pm (last entry at 10.30pm).

Admission: General Admission $20 adults, $13 children 3-11. Concessions and packages available.