Though it’s no longer the tallest skyscraper in Chicago, the John Hancock Center still has enough bird’s-eye views to make anyone swoon, making it a perfect spot for your next date night in the Windy City. Start your romantic adventure by walking through the shops and restaurants at ground level before heading up 94 stories to the observatory. Once you’re there, hold hands, press your foreheads to the glass, and feel your hearts race as you take in a breathtaking panorama that stretches out more than 80 miles to include four states. Feeling bold? Throw caution to the wind with a stroll along the open-air SkyWalk, where the breezes off Lake Michigan can give a chill even in summer. If your significant other gets goose bumps, keep the views going in the warmth of the world’s highest Lavazza café and bar, where a cappuccino or signature “Skyy High” cocktail will take you to a Zen moment at 1,000 feet. While some die-hards insist that the view from the slightly-higher Willis Tower Skydeck across town is superior, the John Hancock Observatory’s shorter waits and later hours—it’s open till 11pm daily—make it a fun and easy way to do something impulsively romantic.

John Hancock Center

875 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611

(312) 751-3681

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