Among the largest cities in the US, Chicago is renowned for its bold architecture, beautiful skyline, and museums full of history & art. Among a plethora of attractions, a number one contender in all top ten lists is 360 Chicago. Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, on a clear day, 360 Chicago's Observation Deck can give you the world; well at least up to 55 miles and four states of it.
Last month, in celebration of 360 Chicago's new Sunset Series, Windy City Blogger Collective, along with Wisecarver Public Relations, gave me a chance to check out the newly remodeled Observation Deck, and their recent addition: Tilt.
The entrance to 360 Chicago is on the first floor of the building. Once you pay, you are able to walk through the newly remodeled concourse. The concourse gives you an interactive lesson in Chicago's great history. From a video highlighting the most iconic events, to an introduction to the Chicago's neighborhoods, and finally displaying an Oprah Winfrey quote, the concourse is friendly and inviting; just like the city of Chicago.
Once you complete the concourse, the elevator will dash you away to the 94th floor: home to the 360 Chicago Observatory; which will give you a 360 view of the magnificent city.
At 1,000 feet up, walking out onto the observation deck, you are greeted by the beautiful blue sky and dynamic views of the city. A full 360 view that is.
After walking around and taking in the city sights, you can stop for a refreshment at the cafe' (which offers snacks & alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), engage in interactive screens that will point out historical and iconic spots & discuss the history behind them, or you can try out Tilt.
Tilt is the newest addition to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. About a minute long, Tilt allows visitors to see the Chicago skyline from 1,000 feet up, by means of an enclosed platform that extends outward from the building at a 30 degree angle. It's both terrifying and exciting.
*FYI: my husband is actually the one doing the Tilting- I had to jump off....
360 Chicago also features their brand new Sunset Series. It is available to all visitors with general admission tickets from 6-9 pm and includes:
- Mondays: Photography Night - On this night only, visitors can bring in tripods to capture the incredible images of the skyline, lights and views. Nick Ulivieri, a professional photographer aplauded for his Chicago imagery, serves as the 360 CHICAGO photography ambassador, and will help develop photography workshops and contests over the year.
- Tuesdays: Chicago Architecture Foundation docents serve as "guides in the sky."
- Thursdays: DJs from Mode Events offer entertainment while visitors toast sunsets.
360 Chicago and the 360 Chicago observation deck is truly an unforgettable experience for locals and visitors alike. If you ever visit Chicago, I suggest you visit. You won't regret it.
875 N Michigan Avenue, 94th Floor