John Hancock Center
Not even Chicago’s tallest; this majestic 100-story skyscraper is certainly among the world’s prettiest. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and completed in 1970, it stands as monument to a time when we just knew mankind’s ascent was unquestionably upward. Its sleek tapering shape and crossing steel beams draw the eye skyward, effortlessly, toward the cocktail lounge near its peak, where those in the know take visitors for the tastiest view of the city.
The Signature Lounge, 95th floor, 875 North Michigan (312)787-9596
Best of Chicago 2002