John Hancock Observatory

John Hancock Observatory

875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
(312) 751-8598 serving: Central, Near North Side
open:Mon - Sun: 9:00 am-11:00 pm

Sidewalk Score: 8 out of 10

The Low Down


Know Before You Go: The Hancock boasts the fastest elevator in North America. Travelling 1,800 feet per minute (20 mph), it gets you to the 94th-floor observatory in 39 seconds.

Parking: Convenient parking is located at John Hancock Center with entrances off of Chestnut and Delaware.

When to Go: Take a stroll on the self-guided audio tour of the city's sights and history anytime, but the views are best from 9am to 11am or after 4pm.

Rants, Raves & Reviews

Great Chicago Stop
By Maris A at Insider Pages

This is a great stop when you are walking the streets of Chicago. They have the observatory, restaurants and shops. The Cheesecake Factory is there... Read More

By Barry B at Insider Pages

This is one of the most visited tourist destination in Chicago, located in the heart of Magnificent Mile. On the front part of the building, in th... Read More

John Hancock Center
By sharon g at Insider Pages

Right next to Watertower the building has something for everyone. There is a post office and a bank inside as well as great restaurants both casual... Read More

Big City Views
By Christine Z. at Judy's Book

The John Hancock Observatory is one of the most frequented sites by tourists, but we Chicagoans like it, too. You do have an option if you are an a... Read More

Nice View
By Kelly A. at Judy's Book

If you reall want to see all of Chicago, I would advise going here. This observatory is awesome. You can see the entire city. But make sure to g... Read More