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 360 Chicago: Breathtaking Views, Thrilling TILTs

360 Chicago: Breathtaking Views, Thrilling TILTs

360 Chicago recently hosted a SKY 360 Series Launch to unveil the many exciting new things happening on the observation deck beginning Saturday, April 1, 2017!

Before I give you the scoop on what’s new, here’s a bit about the 360 Chicago Observation Deck.

Located on the 94th floor of Chicago's iconic John Hancock building, 1,000 feet above Michigan Avenue; the observation deck offers stunning 360-degree views of Chicago’s famous Skyline and scenic Lake Michigan to guests the moment they step off the elevator.  On a clear day, individuals can see as many as four states and as far as 55 miles. Marvelous!  Aside from the views, guests can also learn facts about Chicago neighborhoods and architecture through 18 stations of interactive touchscreens and info kiosks.  

The biggest attraction that will get everyone’s heart racing is the one-of-a-kind TILT experience! 

TILT

TILT

TILT is an enclosed moving platform that tilts you out and over the edge of the John Hancock building, 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile! The movable platform holds up to eight visitors per cycle.  Although my heart was racing from fear and excitement, I took the plunge!  It was both thrilling and scary! I did it a second time, still scary!  Not a third time, though, twice was enough, lol.  It’s a unique, fun-filled experience that is worth the try.

Photo: 360 Chicago

Photo: 360 Chicago

The new 360 Sky Series will offer guests bonus activities, six days a week, free with paid observatory admission Sunday-Thursday.  So for one admission, guests can take in the stunning views, experience TILT, interactive education, plus the bonus activity for the day. Residents of the city of Chicago will receive a discounted rate as a thank-you from 360 Chicago. Anyone with an ID with a 606 zip code gets into the observation deck for 50% off the regular admission price or $10.25/adults and $6.75 for youths ages 3-11.

Here’s a rundown of the daily happenings:

Saturday Morning 360 Sky Yoga Class: $25 includes entry into 360 Chicago Observation Deck plus a 1-hour yoga class for yoga lovers of all skill levels.  Meditation and gentle flow movements will awaken guests senses before being led through a series of stretches, breath-centered movements, and morning salutations.  Advanced registration is required, and classes are limited to 50 participants. You can sign up on 360 Chicago’s website.

360 Sunday Funday:  Designed for families.  Half-off admission for children between the ages of 3-11 from 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m. Entertainment will be provided every Sunday from 1-3 featuring Magical Mystery AJ and Super Epic Story Time.

Photography enthusiasts are encouraged to take advantage of tripod Mondays, the only days tripods are allowed at the observatory.

Photography enthusiasts are encouraged to take advantage of tripod Mondays, the only days tripods are allowed at the observatory.

360 Tripod Monday: Photography buffs are encouraged to visit all day long and invited to bring their tripods onto the observation deck floor to capture shots of the skyline, low-lights, night scenes, stormy skies and more. Throughout the year special classes will be offered along with insta-meets, and social media activations.  Follow the hashtag:  #360TripodMondays and @360Chiviews on Instagram to learn more about upcoming events.

360 Sky Guide Tuesday:  Volunteers from the Chicago Architecture Foundation will provide a birds-eye view tour of the skyline. These volunteers love what they do and are excited to share their knowledge of Chicago as they guide you through all four views from high above the city.

360 Sky Art Wednesday: Artists are invited to bring their easels, materials, and creativity to capture the view of the city from above. 

My contribution to the arts.  This canvas painting will be hanging on the observation deck upon completion.  Let me know when you see it.

My contribution to the arts.  This canvas painting will be hanging on the observation deck upon completion.  Let me know when you see it.

Chicago artist DeMarcus

Chicago artist DeMarcus

Thursday Hoppy Hour Presented by Revolution Brewing:  Guests will find new releases and favorites from Revolution Brewing on special while listening to DJ Andres Martinez from Mode Events. Revolution Brewing is the largest independently owned brewery in Illinois and in 2016 was named one of the top 50 brewing companies in the United States by the Brewers Association.  We were among the first to try their new beer Sun Crusher Hoppy Wheat Ale at the event.  It was literally canned the day before at the brewery.  I must say; I'm a fan!

Revolution Brewing

Revolution Brewing

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With so much to offer, 360 Chicago Observation Deck is a win for the whole family and a must for Chicagoans and visitors alike. Feel free to tell me about your visit in the comments below!

Only open air viewing deck in Chicago

Only open air viewing deck in Chicago

John Hancock Building Facts

  • It takes two men 40 hours each to change all the light bulbs in the Crown of Lights, on the 99th floor.
  • With the nation's fastest elevators, you'll arrive at the Observatory in 39 seconds
  • There are 1,632 steps from the main lobby to the observatory on level 94.
  • The observatory has the only open-air viewing deck in Chicago.
  • The building has 1,250 miles of wiring, with enough power to supply a city of 30,000 people
  • Guests can see four states from 360 CHICAGO - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin! 
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