Spotlight On Our Local Sponsor: The John Hancock Observatory

by admin on April 27, 2012

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, visiting The John Hancock Observatory is a “must-do”. Located on the 94th floor of one of Chicago’s most recognizable (and architecturally amazing!) buildings, the John Hancock Observatory provides the city’s best lake view along with some great experiences the whole family will enjoy.

That attractive black building on the left, with the cross-bracing? That's Big John. Take the elevators up to the 94th floor for the best lake view in town!

One thing you should know about right off: parking at the John Hancock Building garage is only $10 for up to three hours (a BARGAIN for that area of town!) with JHO admission.

Each and every visitor is, upon stepping out of the elevator, offered a free individual headset for the Multimedia Sky Tour, a great way to learn about exactly what you’re looking at as you gaze out over the beautiful lake and city. The Multimedia Sky Tour comes in seven different languages, and there’s even a special kids’ version. The Sky Tour is narrated by David Schwimmer, otherwise known as Ross on the sitcom “Friends”. (Schwimmer is also the co-founder of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theater.)

Step outside for a second while you’re up there. Yes, you read that correctly. No worries, though: it’s totally safe. JHO has an open-air Sky Walk so you can feel the wind in your hair while you’re checking out the view of Michigan Avenue to the south.

Thirsty? The Lavazza Espression Cafe’ has all kinds of drinks (even the adult variety) and snacks (even sandwiches and gelato!), and it’s Chicago’s highest cafe’ so you’ll have a story upon a story to share with the folks back home.

If you’re a tourist looking for things to do once you take the elevator back down, check out JHO’s free Concierge service. They’ve got all the information you need to enjoy the rest of your day/weekend/vacation in the Windy City, from hotels to restaurants to events.

Another great thing about the John Hancock Observatory? It’s one of the fantastic local sponsors of Chicago’s LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Now get on up there, and please tell them that LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER sent you!

tracey April 27, 2012 at 9:05 am

Beautiful views, too!

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