Tilt at the John Hancock Center

This view of the city is not for those with vertigo
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsTilt gives visitors a unique view of the city from the top of the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsTilt gives visitors a unique view of the city from the top of the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsPreparations for the opening of the new Tilt attraction at the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsPreparations for the opening of the new Tilt attraction at the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsOfficials cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Tilt attraction at the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsOfficials cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Tilt attraction at the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsOfficials cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Tilt attraction at the John Hancock Center.
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsTilt gives visitors a unique view of the city from the top of the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsTilt gives visitors a unique view of the city from the top of the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsTilt gives visitors a unique view of the city from the top of the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsTilt gives visitors a unique view of the city from the top of the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsTilt gives visitors a unique view of the city from the top of the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsTilt gives visitors a unique view of the city from the top of the John Hancock Center.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsTilt gives visitors a unique view of the city from the top of the John Hancock Center.
By Zach Long |
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The view from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center is already breathtaking, allowing visitors to see as far as 55 miles on a clear, sunny day. Now the operators of 360 Chicago (formerly the John Hancock Observatory) are offering thrill-seekers a view of the city that is slightly askew.

A new attraction called Tilt allows groups of eight guests to step into a specially designed, enclosed platform that (true to its name) tilts outward over Chestnut Street. Visitors start the experience standing upright and are invited to grab on to a set of metal bars before the platform begins tilting. The initial tilt is about 25 degrees, but after a few seconds, the platform continues to move until it reaches an angle of 30 degrees.

The view is akin to poking your head over the edge of a tall building—it's the sensation of leaning the majority of your body over the side of a building that is truly strange. The attraction is an additional $5 on top of the regular admission price for 360 Chicago ($18), but we're sure that daredevils will be more than willing to pony up the extra cash.

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