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The Signature Lounge at the 96th

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4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
John Hancock Center: The Signature Lounge, located on the 95th floor, has entertainment, dinning and beautiful views of the city.�

Instead of paying the $11 to get into the 94th-floor Hancock Observatory, take the bullet-fast elevator up to this 96th-floor bar in the sky and drop that cash on a cocktail. The decor—a sort of circa-1987 Sharper Image look—is in dire need of an overhaul, but the panoramic, vertigo-inducing views of the twinkling city at night never get old.


Venue name: The Signature Lounge at the 96th
Address: John Hancock Center
875 N Michigan Ave, 96th floor,
Cross street: between Chestnut St and Delaware Pl
Opening hours: Sun–Thu 11am–12:30am; Fri–Sat 11am–1:30am
Transport: El stop:Red to Chicago. Bus:3,10,26,66,125,143,144,145,146,147,151.
Price: Average cocktail: $13
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3.7 / 5

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I've been here TWICE and both times there have been waiters that have been disrespectfully snooty towards me. I'm not one to jump to conclusions but they were definitely a lot nice to people who didn't look like me. I did manage to actually order a cocktail the second time around (I had just used the ladies room and left the first time around) and considering that you're merely paying for the view, it's not too bad. Just don't expect much alcohol in the cocktail, mine mostly tasted like sugary juice. The view from the ladies' room however is quite spectacular.


I always bring visitors to this place. The sweeping view never gets old! I recommend going during the day AND at night for it offers different perspectives. I honestly like the evening view better. Watch the sunset over a drink and see the city turn alive at night. I remind everybody that drinks and food are pricey so that they are aware. It is a good place to get drinks and show off Chicago. This is one of my go to places where I bring visitors.

This is a classic place that shows how weekend's supposed to be done in Gold Coast. If you have a heart for adventure, come here, get a glass of champagne, and meet your new friend across the globe. Who said a tourism spot couldn't be fun? 

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Obviously you're going here to take in the views, and they really can't be beat. Bring out of town guests here for a drink and incredible city sights.

One of the most memorable dates I've gone on. Incredible views with unquestionable ambiance