- Type: Landmarks
NileGuide Expert Says:
The Observatory is the best place to view the city at anytime of the year, and should be visited by tourists and locals. It is truly breath taking!
NileGuide Expert tip:
Go two floors above the Observatory to enjoy a cocktail while taking in the views.
- The Hancock building may not be the most famous destination for tourists, but it is a signature landmark of the Chicago skyline. Housing many offices and restaurants, it also has a fantastic observatory on the 94th floor, which is accessed by a high speed elevator, traveling to the Observatory in 40 seconds. The Observatory gives a stunning panoramic view of the Magnificent Mile, Lake Michigan, and the greater Chicago area. On a clear day you can see all the way to Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. The Observatory is equipped with plenty of high-tech equipment for a great experience, including "talking telescopes" complete with narration of the view. The open air Skywalk is a great way to take in the view and will really let you experience the "windy city."
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