The John Hancock Center is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper located in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the Magnificent Mile district, its name was changed to 875 North Michigan Avenue in 2018. Despite this, the building is still colloquially called the John Hancock Center.
The skyscraper was constructed under the supervision of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), by SOM partners, Peruvian-US chief designer Bruce Graham and Bangladeshi-US structural engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan. When the building topped out on May 6, 1968, it was the second-tallest building in the world after the Empire State Building, and the tallest in Chicago. It is currently the fifth-tallest building in Chicago and the thirteenth-tallest in the United States, behind the Aon Center in Chicago and ahead of the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia. When measured to the top of its antenna masts, it stands at 1,500 feet (457 m). The building is home to several offices and restaurants, as well as about 700 condominiums, and at the time of its completion contained the highest residence in the world. The building was named for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, a developer and original tenant of the building, which itself was named for the U.S. Founding Father John Hancock. In 2018, John Hancock Insurance, years after leaving the building requested that its name be removed and the owner is seeking another naming rights deal.
Shine Haridas | Feb 1, 2018
Beautiful view of the city from the observation deck. Chicago has a magnificent skyline and architecture and this place gives a great view of it in all directions. For an additional charge, the Tilt offers exciting experience to have a tilt down view of the city downtown. It's a slow tilt but still not for everyone! Go early to avoid wait time. Staff is courteous. Super fast elevators. They offer photo options with the sky view for additional price. It's a slow tilt but still not for everyone! This is a must visit place when in Chicago!
luv rose | Jan 23, 2018
First we went to the Willis Tower next John Hancock. My party and I enjoy Hancock better. Both buildings have halls to go through to reach the top. Hancock was great with Chicago events to see and read the entire way through. There was only one Clean and decorated elevator to go up at the Hancock tower despite the two scary elevator at Willis. When you get upstairs Awesome right down to the sky walk enclosed bridge like New York and the GREAT views of the lake and city. The directions were marked on the glass nice clean windows so you could tell which direction in which you were looking. No directions at Willis glass dirty. The tilt experience was enclosed like the sky walk bridge . The tilt is like a ride Awesome totally worth it. They have two HUGE sitting areas with a bar to sit back and enjoy the view. The pictures are cheaper at the Hancock. After coming down you can go up higher to a restaurant or down to another. Just a great experience I highly recommend. If you are wondering which is better wonder no further John Hancock hands down. Awesome experience would do it again in a heartbeat.
maciej soja | Feb 10, 2018
Beautiful views great place to hang out with someone who's visiting the city, convenient parking. Our waitress was not the best waitress in the world but overall service was OK. The place wasn't too crowded because it was during the week, when I visited that place with my friends. The waiter organize the table for six of us and we got the good spot by the window. I gave only four stars because I specifically ask our waitress for double scotch with one cube of ice, but I receive full glass of ice and my friends drinks tasted like there was no alcohol in it at all and for the price that they charge for drinks I don't think it's right.
James Zychowicz | Jan 6, 2018
The John Hancock Center is landmark, with the space in front of it nicely open for congregating or, in warm weather, tour concessions. The John Hancock building is a remarkable piece of architecture that helps to define the city's skyline. From the ground, it is a convenient point of orientation that locals and tourists can use. As familiar as the front of the John Hancock is, take a walk (or bike) around it to gain a sense of the size of the structure, which is impressive. It sits nicely in its space, offset from the buildings around it so that the features are clearly visible. (This had been a hallmark of Chicago architecture until recent years, when developers shifted to jamming buildings next to each other to the point of losing such architectural definition.) THe stores at the lower floors of the Hancock Center offer some great deals, as with the exceptional Best Buy on two levels of the building. It's a great location!
Jessica Parker | Dec 15, 2017
Great views from the 360 observatory. A bit pricey, but it's to be expected, and we had great weather so the view was great and we spent quite a while up there. The Tilt was definitely worth the few extra dollars. What a unique experience! I can't say much about anything else in the Hancock building other than the Cheesecake Factory is always a zoo and we've had not so great service as a result. Stick with a piece of cheesecake to go and find better food elsewhere!
Avery Lieu | Mar 26, 2018
I went at night for a bit of a different view. It was a cool experience seeing how lively Chicago is at night. You can walk around the entire floor, so you can get views of Chicago from all sides. Little pricey, but Chicago has a good skyline, so it’s worth it to check this out. I'd recommend doing either Sears or Hancock. Both are good. And both offer different vantage points of the city, but they're not different enough to warrant making two separate trips.
Hassan Zamir | Mar 8, 2018
We went to the 360 which is at the top of the building. I heard they are changing the name of this iconic Chicago building. It has popular stores like North Face, Best Buy, dining like the Cheesecake Factory and more. The elevators for the 360 ride was hard to find for us. We had to look for the elevators for a bit longer than usual time. The top of this building gives you magnificent view of Chicago from its cityscape to the lake Michigan. Your eyes will gaze longer both at the city areas and blue-green mix Lake Michigan water.
margaret ryndak | Mar 11, 2018
The dinning place is unique. The view is just amazing. However the service and quality of the food is below average. I ordered apple spice martini and it was the worst drink I ever had. I would not mind to pay that money for dinner and drinks but I feel like customers are being taken advantage of.
Brandon Williams | Apr 4, 2018
Going up at night was one of the best experiences I've ever had. It was just one of those moments in life I don't think I will forget in a million years. The view was spectacular and the people were nice and kind to us. Really can't go wrong going here.
Billy Millican | Apr 6, 2018
Great view of city at night. Offers a different perspective of the city in comparison to Sears Tower. The queue at the bottom floor was a breeze and staff was nice. You have the opportunity to get pictures, you know, tourist stuff. There is a gift shop upstairs with a full bar. Great place to have a drink with a wonderful view. They offer an amusement that tilts you out over the street. Not my cup of tea but looks fun. Would recommend!
Amanda Tuck | Apr 13, 2018
Great view of the city! Awesome place to grab a drink and watch the sunset. We thought we the price was reasonable (we were tourists) and the new was just stunning. We paid extra to do the "tilt", using hydrolics they tilt you out over the city. It wasn't very intense but standing in the line watching we thought it was going to be! You can also go to a free bar with an awesome view if you don't feel like paying to go to the main deck. Again, highly recommended for sunset! The only downside was the lines to get in the elevators (both up and down) and the cost of the drinks.
Rachel Holland | Apr 27, 2018
We ate at the Cheesecake Factory located on the bottom floor! It was amazing! This place is great to visit at Christmas time with the kids. There is a huge model train in the lobby and Santa is on the top floor! It makes for some great pictures!
Tammy Cole | Apr 23, 2018
We went to 360 Chicago right before Sunset & stayed til dark. Awesome Views, truly some of the Best ones I've ever seen. It is on the 94th Floor. I suggest getting there at least an hour before Sunset to get the best seats! Breathtaking! They also have a "Tilt" option which leans out over the city while you stand on a glass enclosed area. We didn't do the Tilt though. But, you can watch others do it!
Guylou Béland | May 20, 2018
Best view of Chicago. The elevator ride is fast.... One of the fast in the world. There are so many great views to see and to photograph. They offers enormous touch pads where you can identify the sites you are looking at. The time capsule display was quite interesting and worth having a look.
marcus grayson | Jun 3, 2018
Great views of the city. I was able to catch the sunset from here and it was perfect! The bar was great and the service was top notch. I also did the ride (360) and it was worth the wait. If you have a family, I recommend doing as it was great for kids.
Ashley Lockhart | May 31, 2018
This is much less of a hassle than Willis tower with views that are just as great! Didn't have to wait in any lines and there weren't nearly as many people as Willis. We did the city pass and it is well worth the money and saves so much time waiting in lines. Highly suggest a city pass if you will be there for more than a day!
Lettie Wilmer | May 26, 2018
Strongly suggest everyone to visit the John Hancock Center there are so many shops within the Center you can visit and you will definitely enjoy! Everyone need to experience an exquisite visit to The Cheese Cake Factory. This place is beautiful and the food is absoultely heavenly. The desserts will leave you speechless!
xingyu chen | Jul 16, 2018
Came here with a go city pass which offer a quick line and it was a joke. Not so much quick. Line was queued long at photo spot I went to the quick ask politely if go city pass holder can line here and skip the photo. She gave a strong attitude of no you can not skip the photo and I am at the wrong line. But I see her responded nicely to white people so she is somehow narrow minded. Night view was great, it was not crowed on a Friday night. Tilted window is a extra charge about $8. Also a bar is on the observation deck along with some nice sofa.
Mike Warren | Jun 29, 2018
Commanding views of Chicago and Lake Michigan like no other. Forget sears tower, and don't bother paying for the observation floor, make a reservation for dinner or have a drink at the bar. The food and drink are pricey (my mediocre cocktail was $17) but you're in for a treat of a view. I want at sunset and it was spectacular! 🌞 The windows have no shades, so it can get hot sitting in the sun, but shade can be found behind support pillars or at the bar away from the windows. The service is nice, but the decor and food/drinks are nothing special and a little tired. If you can forgive a plain menu, the usual drinks (even their "signature" drinks were boring), and just focus on the view from 96 floors up you will not be disappointed.
Brandy Medus | Jul 12, 2018
A prominent part of the Chicago skyline, this building is tall and surrounded by great shopping and dining. Tilt, which is located 1000ft up, is a fun experience for people who don't mind heights or spending a little $ to view the city from a new angle (get it?). Tilt allows you to literally tilt out over the city, which is terrible for people with a fear of heights, but also a thrilling experience. The views are worth it!
Mark Springer | Jul 30, 2018
There's a great selection of restaurants such as Cheesecake Factory under the building. There are also many nice touches throughout the main lobby of the building and the views from the sky bar and observation decks are incredible. It almost feels as if you are looking out of the window of an airplane over the city, if you're on a budget and want to get a little tipsy at the bar you're going to want to pregame at the restaurants downstairs. Drinks at the upstairs bar were around the 17 to $20 price range.
Chinh Chinh | Aug 4, 2018
A friend recommended me to visit the John Hancock building but to go to the bar instead of buying tickets to bypass the line. When we got there, the line to get into the elevator wasn't too bad (compared to Skydeck later on) and we were up there pretty quick. The line to get a table for drinks, however, was daunting so we didn't bother waiting. Another tip on Google recommended to go straight to the ladies room and it didn't disappoint! One of the best views of Chicago is actually seen from a bathroom! The bathroom has huge ceiling to floor window view of the south side of Chicago, which was beautiful.
Autumn Crawford | Jul 23, 2018
Best view in Chicago! It’s a wonderful experience all around. I’ve been to the Willis (Sears) tower and this one many times, but I always enjoy this one more. You can get close to the windows (which are always clean) and they have a walkway in the open air. The elevators get you to the 93rd floor in under 50 seconds, so after the initial line there’s no wait.
Arokiaraj Antony | Jul 20, 2018
Coolest and tallest building to check out. So many restaurants and shops are around and inside. Don't forget to see the city from tilt; the view is amazing and breath taking. Clear view of the lake and if you are lucky (around 11 pm) you can watch the crackers from Navy Pier, it would go for 10 minutes, so grab the corner before others do. Fantastic!!!
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