"Take the elevator to the 96th..." Chicago Favorite Tip by bopper

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Favorite thing: Take the elevator to the 96th floor of the John Hancock bulding, located on Michigan Avenue, about 700 North. The elevator is free, but you may have to wait in a short queu. Go to the west side of the bulding and look out the windows. The best time to visit is at sunset. When I was a little girl, this was the world's tallest building. Don't waste your money on the observation deck. It is also romantic to visit late and see the lights of the city.

Fondest memory: I remember my parents taking my sister and I to the top of the John Hancock building, to the 96th floor, for a Shirley Temple. My sister Kim and I would lean all the way against the windows and look down. We would point out places we know, like Lane Tech High School, Cubs Park, and boats on the lake. The best view is from the Lady's restroom, where there is an unobstructed south view. I recommend that you visit the John Hancock building at sunset. Here is how it looks:

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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