Completed in 1970, 875 N. Michigan Ave (John Hancock Center) dominates the northern end of Chicago’s skyline. On this tour, you'll learn how the building forever changed the character of North Michigan Avenue.
The tower's series of stacked Xs are immediately recognizable, making it one of the most well-known profiles in the city. It represents a remarkable marriage of art and engineering and stands as a testament to the brilliant partnership of Bruce Graham and Fazlur Khan, colleagues at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
On this lunch-hour tour, we learn how Graham and Khan designed a 100-story structure that could withstand the powerful winds that whip off Lake Michigan. When it was built, the tower was the world’s second tallest building. On a clear day, it still provides spectacular views of the Windy City from all sides.
Effective Friday, August 20, the Chicago Department of Public Health requires that everyone 2+ wear masks in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. This includes in our Center and anytime a walking tour goes indoors.
- Portions of this tour take place outdoors. This tour does not include a visit to the observation deck.
- You can access the lower level lobby through the building's sunken plaza.
- Although it's not required, we recommend making reservations in advance for this tour.
- Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.