Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Our Visit to John Hancock Observatory in Chicago

My husband and I recently celebrated our 15 year anniversary this month and to celebrate, we went to Chicago (about a 4 hour drive from Michigan) for the weekend with our daughter over Thanksgiving weekend! We love Chicago because of  the diverse restaurants, museums, stores and more! 

While we were in Chicago we checked out a few tourist hot spots and one of them was the John Hancock Observatory which is on the famed Michigan Avenue near the Water Tower Place shops. The JHO is located 1,000 feet above the "Magnificent Mile" and has many things to do while you are in the building! 

The JHO has Chicago's only "Open Air" Sky walk, FREE Multimedia tours, interactive telescopes and even a Free Concierge Service to help you plan your stay while you are in town! We loved stopping at "Chicago's Highest Cafe" while we were admiring the view at JHO.

My daughter loved the 40 second elevator ride up to the top of the Observatory! We visited on a Friday morning and we didn't encounter any lines - it was great! The views were breathtaking of the city and Lake Michigan. It was neat to spot some of the famous landmarks like the Navy Pier from up above! Rose even got to visit with Santa Claus while she was there and do a fun photo opp pretending she was washing the outside windows!

The John Hancock Observatory is definitely a must-see attraction and we will definitely be stopping in again next time we are in town! Interested in a visit to the JHO - check out their Facebook page or their website online!  Starting Jan 1, JHO will have Skating in the Sky on their synthetic ice skating rink! 

Disclosure: Complimentary tickets were provided by John Hancock Observatory. All opinions are my own & can not be influenced in any way.


  1. My daughter and I went here last spring when we visited Chicago. She did the "tilt"(which I thought was relatively inexpensive), she's braver that me! We went on a Friday afternoon & it wasn't crowded at all. I wish I'd know about the Chicago's Highest Cafe, that would've been neat. We did eat at the Cheesecake Factory there, YUM!

  2. It has been along time since I have visited the john hancock building in Chicago.