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875 North Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.5 U.S. News Travel (4.3)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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One of Chicago's most notable attractions is its skyline, and one of the best places to experience it is at the 360 CHICAGO observation deck. Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, 360 CHICAGO towers 1,000 feet over the Magnificent Mile from its location on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. Encased by floor-to-ceiling windows, 360 CHICAGO boasts expansive views of the city; on a clear day, you can see for 55 miles in any direction. Meanwhile, the interactive screens will help you identify different landmarks that appear in your panorama.

For a different point of view (and an adrenaline rush), you'll want to test out 360 CHICAGO's latest attraction, TILT. One section of the observation room's wall of windows has been mechanized: While you hold on to the handlebars, the top of the windows will extend outwards, tilting you towards bustling North Michigan Avenue down below. (For a better understanding of how TILT works, check out 360 CHICAGO's YouTube video.) Should you prefer to experience the view without feeling your heart skip a beat, grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a snack at the cafe.

360 CHICAGO is less than half a mile from the Red Line's Chicago-Red "L" train stop, and numerous bus routes (including Nos. 143, 146, 147, 148 and 151) make stops less than a block from the John Hancock Center along Michigan Avenue. You can visit the 94th floor any day of the year from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., though last entry is at 10:30 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 to 11, and you'll have to fork over an additional $5 to experience TILT. If you've purchased a Go Chicago Card or a Chicago CityPASS, general admission is already covered. To learn more, visit the 360 CHICAGO website.

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