Discount tickets to 360 Chicago.
Where: John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan Avenue, 94th Floor, 888-875-8439
When: 360 CHICAGO is open 365 days a year from 9:00am to 11:00pm with the last entry at 10:30 PM daily. Subject to change.
What is it?
360 Chicago is the observation deck located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center.
What’s up there?
360 CHICAGO offers “breathtaking views of the city and Lake Michigan from over 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile”. Enjoy a cocktail or coffee at the Architect’s Corner – Café and Bar, check out interactive panoramic touchscreens in seven languages or pay extra and experience Tilt (extra fee for Tilt). Tilt extends out and over Michigan Ave. at a 30 degree angle. Video here.
Cost/Chicago Resident deal
From time-to-time there are Groupons. None currently. At time of publication Chicago residents with government issued ID pay $10 for general admission and can add on Tilt for $7. Tickets available at Box Office only
Every one else $21 general admission and $7 for Tilt. Children 3-11 $14 general admission $7 Tilt. Save 10% when you buy tickets online. See note below: Do not buy tickets in advance.
Cocktail and a view
They have an offer called Cocktail and a view. Cost $26 to get up to the observation deck and it includes one cocktail. The cocktail options are: six mixed drink options, three beer options and no wine options. Whoever came up with this menu must not drink!
Boozing with a view
I always tell people (non-Chicago residents) to just skip the observation deck and spend the admission fee on a cocktail at the lounge on the 96th floor. A glass of wine, mixed drink etc. will run you around $17 plus tax and tip so around $22 each. Like all boozing with a view it isn’t cheap. You could drink coffee.
Beware of the weather. Buy at the last minute.
You never want to buy tickets in advance because the weather is unpredictable and when you get up there you may only be able to see clouds. Tickets are non-refundable. You should buy your tickets at the last minute. Like when you’re standing in front of the building and look up and see it’s not shrouded in clouds. You may also want to go into the building forst and see how long the lines are. I’ve seen insanely long lines in summer.
Buy tickets online to save 10%
360 Chicago doesn’t have an app but you can buy tickets through their website on your phone. If you have a laptop go to Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Ave.) or the Westin Lobby (909 N. Michigan) for free wifi. If you don’t have a laptop go to the Water Works branch of the Chicago Public Library (163 E Pearson St. call for hours (312) 742-8811) and use their computer for free for up to two 15 minute sessions.
Go to the back of the gift shop next to the ticket sales area
In the back of the gift shop is an opening to a small exhibit with recordings discussing Chicago neighborhoods. If you’re an architecture geek wander through there and you’ll discover an exposed cross brace. I’m not sure if this is a mock up or a real structural element of the building.