Two staples of Chicago’s skyline are the powerful looking Sears Tower (Don’t call it Willis in front of a Chicagoan. They don’t like that) and the John Hancock building. At both, you can look out over Chicago about 100 stories above the sidewalk. Which is pretty cool.
I picked the observatory at the Hancock building because I wanted to check out the open-air Skydeck and the view of the lake.
Got the ticket online the night before and got to the gates at 9 a.m. as they were opening. The site suggests getting there before 11 a.m. to avoid crowds. And wouldn’t ya know it, 11 rolled around and what appeared to be two classes worth of field trips came out of the elevator.
The elevator is how one arrives at the 94th floor. Though, there is one day a year when you can pay to hustle up those 94 flights to the top. To each their own…
Before the 47 second elevator (fastest elevator in North America, so said the elevator voice), they’re going to stand you in front of a green screen to snap your picture. There’s no avoiding it, at least for me there wasn’t. I’m not a fan of souvenir photos so I didn’t bother to pick it up.
What I did get, was some 100 photos from my hour atop the Hancock.
|The view looking south on a quiet morning at the Observatory|
|Info wall behind the Skydeck, outlines a history of Chicago. I liked this quote. So did Chicago.|
|There's a cafe at the Observatory, which helps if you're an early bird and need a pick me up.|