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 injuries) than traditional ice. That means safer, warmer, and longer-lasting skate time for you and your … [Read more...]

Skywalk Observatory, Willis Tower, Empire State Building, and More!

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Planning a trip to a new city always poses the same problem: I want to see it all but I won’t have the time! Our advice? See it all at once. Here are the best bird’s eye views of five major cities: Boston First Tallest Buidling: John Hancock Tower Second Tallest: Prudential Tower Officially referred to as Hancock Place, Boston’s John Hancock Tower is located right near the main branch of the Boston Public Library. Unfortunately, its observation deck is currently closed, making the Prudential Tower’s Skywalk Observatory the spot to visit for a 360 degree view of the city. For a view of Boston’s famous Harbor and waterfront district, make a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art for their floor-to-ceiling windows that suspend you right over the water. Chicago First Tallest Building: Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) Second Tallest Building: Trump … [Read more...]

Where Did Sears Tower Go? It’s Now the Willis Tower!

“I can’t find Sears Tower.” It may sound crazy to say about one of the tallest buildings in the world, but we’ve been hearing it a lot. People go looking for it on the web and come to the conclusion that it’s gone. Rest assured the building is still there. It’s still extremely tall. It’s arguably better than ever. But it has a different name. No, the building formerly known as Sears Tower has not changed its name to an unpronounceable symbol. It is now known as the Willis Tower. Willis, a large reinsurance firm, bought the naming rights to the building and not surprisingly changed the name. Just to make things slightly more complicated, the observation deck has its own name: Skydeck Chicago. Originally completed in 1973, the then Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world until 1998. At 1,450 feet (1,704 if you count it’s antenna), the now Willis Tower is … [Read more...]