John Hancock Observatory now “360 Chicago”

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While it’s not the tallest building in Chicago, the John Hancock Center has certainly made a name for itself. Visitors from all around the globe flock to Chicago to fly up 1,000 feet in 40 seconds to the Observatory in the fastest elevator in the world. However, this spring, the John Hancock Observatory will be undergoing a name change to match a multi-million dollar renovation that’s already in the works. As of March, the John Hancock will become 360: CHICAGO. Of course, a new tag line is also in order. The new tagline will be “Best Views. All Around,” which the observatory’s management company has said reflects the panoramic vista that awaits you when you step off the elevator on the 94th floor. However, the name change is just beginning of the upgrades. The 45-million … [Read more...]

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

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All around the United States, big cities and small towns alike are kicking off the holiday season with merry festivals, parades, and parties. However, no one does it quite like Chicago, a city known for its top-of-the-line entertainment. This Saturday, November 17th, come join a tradition that’s been celebrated for over half a decade: The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival presented by BMO Harris Bank. A full day of family-friendly entertainment, accompanied by spectacular holiday lights, awaits you on the Mag Mile. The festivities start at 11:00 AM and last all the way up to the parade and tree-lighting ceremony in the evening. Here’s a preview of everything you have to look forward to!     Lights Festival Lane From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, head over to “Lights … [Read more...]

Chicago Air & Water Show

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If your idea of a good time includes daredevil stunts and high-speed action, the 53rd annual Chicago Air & Water Show is where you’ll want to be this weekend. This free festival, which attracts over 2 MILLION spectators each year, is guaranteed to be worth the necessary neck craning involved at every air show. Plus, it's one of the most exhilarating things to do in Chicago! With the Chicago skyline as a backdrop, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leapfrogs will headline the event with choreographed aerobatic maneuvers and precision parachute demonstrations. Civilian pilots and aircraft will also have their chance to shine, including the famous Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the “Red Bull Air Force,” and several … [Read more...]

Lace Up for Ice Skating in the Sky at the John Hancock Observatory

Get a beautiful view of Chicago while enjoying winter fun with your loved ones.

At any time of year, there are plenty of things to see and do from the top of the John Hancock Observatory: you can take a free multimedia sky tour of Chicago, grab a coffee in Chicago’s highest café, and, of course, take in the 360 degree view of the Magnificent Mile and the expansive view of Lake Michigan. But this winter, the John Hancock Center is making a unique addition to their winter lineup of attractions: Skating in the Sky. Take a Spin Around the World's Highest Skating Rink! Skating in the Sky is comprised of a one-of-a-kind, 900 square foot synthetic ice rink located more than 1,000 feet above street level. There’s a lot to say about the synthetic ice used in the rink; without water, this “ice” requires no resurfacing, and has less impact (and therefore less … [Read more...]

Adler Planetarium, Chicago Childrens Museum, and More!

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If you're planning a trip to Chicago this winter season, you may not be seeing a lot of snow - news outlets are reporting that the upcoming months should be wet and warmer than previous years. That's not stopping the city from embracing winter, however; there's still ice skating, polar adventure days, and much more winter fun to be had. Here are some ideas for where to visit this winter in Chicago: Ice Skating With the warmer temperatures predicted for this winter, it's never too cold outside to enjoy some ice skating. Millennium Park, located near the city's Lake Michigan shoreline, is hosting free ice skating through March (weather permitting). The Park sees more than 100,000 skaters annually, and offers rental skates for only $10. Or how about taking your ice skating to the next … [Read more...]