5 THE JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY AND SIGNATURE ROOM
For a truly unforgettable view of Chicago’s sparkling city lights, visit the reigning king of the Magnificent Mile, the John Hancock Center. A defining feature of the Chicago skyline since 1969, the tower is located at 875 Michigan Avenue. For the best view, skip the observatory deck and instead take the ear-popping elevator ride up to the 95th-floor Signature Room. Here you can enjoy gourmet fare and cocktails while taking in a breathtaking view of the city and several surrounding states from 1,100 feet up (request a window table). If you don’t have time for a full dinner, check out the lunch buffet for the experience of eating at cloud level. Prices range from $30 to $65 for an entrée, and the buffet lunch (available Mon-Sat) will set you back $20.