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The Hancock Observatory
Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building, the observatory has Chicago’s only open-air skywalk. The 360-degree views are spectacular: on a clear day one can see as far as Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. The accessible entrance with push-button doors is on Delaware St. To reach ticketing and the observatory elevator, take the elevator on the left side of the lobby to the lower level. The observatory has ramps to exhibit areas and a push-button door for the skywalk. Restrooms, identified by Braille/tactile signage, have wheelchair and ambulatory stalls. “Talking Telescopes,” with narration in English, Spanish, Japanese and French, can be raised or lowered as needed. Interactive computer stations are also lowered. A 16-stop audio tour is available in English, Spanish and German. The “History Wall” has problems with glare as the photos are under plexiglass, and the film is not captioned. Seating is limited.