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John Hancock Center, Chicago

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875 North Michigan Avenue, formerly the John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper located in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the Magnificent Mile district, its name was changed to 875 North Michigan Avenue on February 12, 2018.


It was constructed under the supervision of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, with Colombian-Peruvian chief designer Bruce Graham and Bangladeshi structural engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan. When the building topped out on May 6, 1968, it was the second-tallest building in the world and the tallest outside New York City. It is currently the fourth-tallest building in Chicago and the ninth-tallest in the United States, after One World Trade Center, the Willis Tower, 432 Park Avenue, the Trump Tower Chicago, the Empire State Building, the Bank of America Tower, 30 Hudson Yards and the Aon Center. When measured to the top of its antenna masts, it stands at 1,500 feet (457 m). The building is home to several offices and restaurants, as well as about 700 condominiums. It also contains the third-highest residence in the world, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Trump Tower in Chicago. The building was named for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, a developer and original tenant of the building. In 2018, John Hancock Insurance requested that its name be removed and the owner is seeking another naming rights deal.
From the 95th floor restaurant, diners can look out at Chicago and Lake Michigan. The observatory (360 Chicago), which competes with the Willis Tower's Skydeck, has a 360° view of the city, up to four states, and a distance of over 80 miles (130 km). 360 Chicago is home to TILT, a moving platform that leans visitors over the edge of the skyscraper to a 30-degree angle, a full bar with local selections, Chicago's only open-air SkyWalk, and also features free interactive high definition touch screens in six languages. The 44th-floor sky lobby features America's highest indoor swimming pool.
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  • Pretty great view. Lines move very fast. Even the glass floor one. Just take your time and enjoy the day.  more »
  • We visited the John Hancock Centre in the evening to see Chicago by night, and took the elevator to the 95th floor where you can enjoy the views from comfortable window-side seats for the price of a.....  more »
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  • I had the best time at John Hancock Center Shopping! There are pop up boutiques, alongside some of my favorite shops! I can Never go wrong with White House Black Market! The sale in this store was most rewarding. The service at the Victoria Secret was amazing. I found so many gems in other shops! There is a Macy’s on the first floor which is always a stop. There’s discounted parking for shoppers as well. I suggest parking after 5:00pm for the $10.00 unlimited hours parking special.
  • Astonishing building! A landmark that represents the unique style of the modern Chicago. Great views open from the top floors. We went to the bar on 96th floor, it's free and you can spend a great night city views from there. On weekends you can expect a line to get seated by the windows, but normally that would take approximately 10-20 minutes. Staff is very polite.

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