The Hancock Center on Michigan Avenue in Chicago is a huge building. When you walk up to it you can barely see the top even when your head is craned all the way back. Unlike the Sears Tower, the Hancock is on the north of the river near the edge of where the downtown area seems to end.
Once we were inside the building covered with criss-crossing exposed iron supports, we were rocketed up to the observatory, 360 Chicago, for an awesome view of the city. On the ground we were blocks away from the shore of the lake, but in the air it looked like we were right on the beach.
We walked around, doing a circuit of the whole place, looking out over the lake and the city. They even had a cafe up there, in case you wanted to sit up incredibly high and have a bite to eat. We didn’t try the tilt, a crazy window where you hold on to the handles as the glass tilts outward a little at a time and you are left looking down at the ground as you try to hold yourself off the glass. It was fun watching people try it out though!
The Chicago Tribune building, which looks like a huge church, is only a few blocks away from the river, on the north side. The guide had told us that the walls of the tower were actually covered with bits of other famous buildings from around the world. Like the pyramids. I wanted to check it out, and, as it was on the way to our next stop, we took a peek.
The walls at ground level, up to about as tall as a tall guy can reach/jump, they have pieces of famous places actually cemented in place. My brothers ran around touching as many of the pieces as possible, within a few minutes feeling the Great Pyramid and St. Peter’s, the White House and Angkor Wat. It was pretty cool, but I wonder if anyone ever tries to steal the pieces…