875 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: +1 312 751 3680
NileGuide Expert tip:
Go for the Signature Room bar, and order an import beer or martini. It's a bit more relaxing than the Observatory, and drinks are served!
Chicago has two giant black buildings with observation decks- the Willis Tower downtown, and the John Hancock Center, which is at the top of the Magnificent Mile. Both are popular with tourists, but given its location in Chicago's main shopping district, a visit to the Hancock Center can be more of an afterthought than a planned excursion. Visitors must pay a fee to visit the observatory, but can go to the Signature Room, a restaurant on a floor above the observatory deck, for "free" with the purchase of a drink at the bar (or an expensive meal, if you prefer). The views from either the observatory or the Signature Room are impressive, and on a clear day visitors can see up to four states- Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and, of course, Illinois.
Photo courtesy of John Hancock Center