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February 20, 2013
From journal Blown away by the Windy City
June 12, 2009
From journal Four Days of Chicago Delights
St Louis, Missouri
February 4, 2009
by GB from Devizes
Devizes, United Kingdom
June 14, 2007
From journal The Second City Revisited - Chicago in the Spring
January 21, 2007
From journal Wintry Mix: First Time in the Second City
San Antonio, Texas
February 24, 2006
From journal Winter Weekend in Chicago
September 10, 2005
From journal Weekend in Chicago
August 2, 2004
But people come here for the view, the best view in town. You have the choice, you can either pay the admission price for the observation deck (open from 9 am to 11 pm): Adults pay $9.50, Seniors (62+); $7.50 and children under 12-years-old; $6.00. The alternative is enjoying a drink or a meal at the Signature room on the 95th and 96th floor and 96th-floor (restaurant on the lower floor and lounge on the upper floor). It's not cheap (more than 6 bucks for a beer) but you can have a drink with a view! On the other side, if you really want a 360 degrees view, then the observation deck will be your pick. You may also notice that the building is... yes... swaying. Especially if the wind is strong. Don't worry though, the worse thing you can get is maybe a little motion sickness.
I recommend going at sunset when the sun disappears and the Chicago lights are coming on, it's really, really a sight to see!
From journal Chicago-My Kind of Town
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
July 27, 2004
From journal Trip to Chicago
March 17, 2003
The 94th floor observatory also features a fairly new section called the Skywalk, billed as Chicago's highest open-air viewing deck a thousand feet above the Magnificent Mile. Unlike the former World Trade Center of New York, which had a rooftop observatory, you are still inside the Hancock. Still, it is a unique experience to be wind blown so high up in the air. For a few dollars extra, you can get a Sky Tours headset with audio commentary about what you are gazing at below.
The building does include attractions besides the observatory. There are restaurants like the posh Signature Room on the 95th floor (yes that is higher than the Observatory) and the popular Cheesecake Factory at the lower level. This sunken plaza area is a fun place to people watch in the summertime. There are a few stores as well as the Chicago Architectural Foundation. The building contains offices, parking, and condominiums as well.
Completed in 1970 and renovated in 1995, the John Hancock Center is one of the most recognized landmarks in Chicago. It was designed and engineered by Bruce Graham and Fazlur Khan of the architectural firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill, who has garnered plenty of awards and accolades for its innovative design scheme. The most distinguishing feature of this architectural icon is the "X" bracing that goes up the sides of the tower. It is said that condos whose views are partially blocked by the steel bracing members are the more prestigious.
From journal Bill at home in CHICAGO - Activities