This building, once the second-tallest building in the world, is one of the tourist attractions near me in downtown Chicago, in the Magnificent Mile district. Though it is officially called 875 North Michigan Avenue as of 2018, it is still referred to as the John Hancock Center. It was completed in 1969 and the observatory is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
At the time that it was built, the John Hancock Center housed the highest residence in the world, but this has been taken over by Central Park Tower in New York City. The John Hancock Center is recognizable by its large X-shaped external bracing. This bracing supports the building without inner support columns, adding to the usable floor space within.
When measured with the antenna mast, the building stands at 1,500 feet, making it the third tallest building in 2021. The elevators move at 20 mph, the fastest in North America. The building houses offices, restaurants, and over 700 condominiums.
Discover a 360-degree view of the city in the observatory 1030 feet in the air, and then dine on the 95th floor overlooking Lake Michigan. On a clear day, you will be able to see over 80 miles.
If you’re feeling brave, sign up for a SkyWalk, an open-air adventure. Or swim in America’s highest indoor swimming pool, located in the Sky Lobby. You can even grab your groceries on the way home from the highest grocery store in the world, Potash Markets.
A newer attraction is TILT!, a thrill ride that slowly tilts you at a 30-degree angle outside of the building for three minutes, 1000 feet in the air, while you look through glass and hold onto support bars. You can watch the attraction prior to buying tickets, and it’s a highly recommended experience.