Hancock Observatory – A Bird’s Eye View of Chicago

If you ever visit Chicago, make sure to stop by Hancock Observatory. It is located on the 94th Floor of the John Hancock Building and offers a 360-degrees view of Chicago.

Readers of my blog know that I suffer from a fear of heights, so this again was quite a challenge for me. Although it was not as scary as my visit to the CN Tower in Toronto, I was still struggling. As you can see below, the observatory is enclosed, which helps. But it also means that if you want to take decent pictures, you have to lean into the windows to avoid reflections. (continued below…)

Nonetheless, it was definitely worth it all. What I appreciate the most about the Hancock Observatory is its view over Chicago’s Gold Coast (first picture). It was one side of Chicago I did not expect. If you’re lucky and you are visiting on a clear and sunny day, the view is simply stunning.

When we visited, you could listen to an audio tour narrated by David Schwimmer. If they still offer it, I highly recommend it. It really enhances the experience, you see so much more, and Schwimmer is entertaining and shares nice little tidbits and stories.

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~ by tripgalleries on April 21, 2009.

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