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Evening view from the Observation Deck


Chicago, Illinois Views: Visiting the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

By: Amy Nance

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What can you see from the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck?

A better question is, what can’t you see? As its name suggests, the Windy City’s extraordinary observatory on the 94th floor of the historic John Hancock Center offers 360-degree views of the iconic Chicago, Illinois skyline and beyond. When the weather is clear, you can see up to 80 kilometers and all the way to four different states. In a city known for its architecture and cityscape, you’ll want to discover what’s on the horizon at this must-see experience.

Location, Location, Location

Towering over the city’s famed Magnificent Mile and just steps away from Lake Michigan, 360 CHICAGO is a worthy first stop on your itinerary. A visit here puts you in the heart of downtown Chicago on North Michigan Avenue where you can see many of the city’s classic sights, check out the shopping and dining options and enjoy distinctive architecture. Take in the views from here before experiencing the full measure from 314 meters up. Once you’re on the observation deck, a mosaic of urban locales presents itself alongside the changing colors of the lake and sky. The observatory includes interactive exhibits about Chicago’s history and neighborhoods and features panoramic touch screens available in seven languages, letting visitors fully interact with what they see below them.

Viewing the city's shoreline from 360 CHICAGO

Viewing the city's shoreline from 360 CHICAGO
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Full TILT Thrill

Really want to see the city from all angles? Check out the newly opened TILT experience, which has you step up to a full-length window that slowly tilts from the building right out over the city at a 30-degree angle. If you’re thinking that the dizzying downward-facing view is unlike anything you’ve experienced before, that’s because it is: TILT is the first experience of its kind. And since it can accommodate eight people at once, the whole family can tilt together over the Magnificent Mile.

See Chicago from unique angles on TILT.

See Chicago from unique angles on TILT
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Toast the View

See the city go from day to sparkling night while enjoying a drink at the Architect’s Corner Café and Bar, located right on the observation deck. Enjoy coffee, gelato, snacks and a full bar. This is the place to be at sunset, so grab a drink and claim a spot on the stadium seating, which faces west. The vibe is serene and relaxed here, making it a great place to end your visit to 360 CHICAGO.  


Grab a drink at Architect’s Corner Café and Bar.

Grab a drink at Architect’s Corner Café and Bar
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Getting There

360 CHICAGO is located in the heart of Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. Fly into the city via Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) or Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), both located within 30 kilometers from downtown.

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