Tilted Observatory Suspends Tourists 1,000 Feet Above Chicago

Tilted Observatory Suspends Tourists 1,000 Feet Above Chicago

The Tilt exhibit offers a 360-degree view of the city's skyline.

Marnie Kunz
  • 27 may 2014

Chicago tourists and locals alike can now get a breathtaking new perspective on the Windy City’s magnificent skyline, thanks to a new installation at the John Hancock Center. Tilt features a moveable glass and steel platform that holds up to eight visitors at a time and offers a panoramic, 360-degree view of the city’s majestic skyscraper-lined skyline. As they step into the exhibit, children and adults can enjoy the interactive, unique experience of towering above the city at a daring angle.

Once visitors step onto the platform 94 floors above Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, they slowly tilt forward until they reach an angle of 30 degrees. Although this may be too much for those who are vertigo-inclined or afraid of heights, the forward-thrusting view is well worth the trip for many Chicago visitors. For each rotation, Tilt offers panoramic views of the city – from the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue to the downtown business district and sparkling Lake Michigan. The experience atop the John Hancock Center at 875 North Michigan Avenue is intensified by the 30-degree tilt forward, making visitors feel like they’re soaring over the city, suspended in air.


On each rotation, Tilt makes the rounds to include views reaching as far as 55 miles and four states. The installation is part of the new 360 Chicago, formerly John Hancock Observatory, now owned by the Montparnasse 56 Group. The Monparnasse 56 Group took over the John Hancock Observatory in 2012 with the goal of attracting more visitors and making it a once in a lifetime, world-renowned experience.


Tilt is now open for adventurous sightseers, and the observatory currently has a special introductory rate of only $5 (plus the general cost of admission). Check out a video of Tilt in action below:


[h/t] CNET


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