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Completed in 1970, the John Hancock Center dominates the northern end of Chicago’s skyline. On this tour, you'll learn how the Hancock forever changed the character of North Michigan Avenue.

Duration
0.75 Hour
Price
$20 public
Free for CAC members
Meet
875 N. Michigan Ave., lower level lobby

The Hancock Center'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.

Notes:
  • Portions of this tour take place outdoors.
  • You can access the lower level lobby through the building's sunken plaza.
  • This tour does not include a visit to the observation deck.
  • Although it's not required, we recommend making reservations in advance for this tour.

Upcoming John Hancock Building Tours