This past Tuesday, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a preview of 360 Chicago’s new Sunset Series (formerly the John Hancock Observatory). It was a wonderful evening filled with amazing people, stunning views, great drinks, and some TILT!-ilating excitement!
First we got to explore the new exhibition before going up to the observation area. This exhibit talks about Chicago’s amazingly rich history by focusing on all of its many wonderful neighborhoods. From Lakeview to Pilsen and everything in between, the exhibit paints a stunning picture of everything it means to be a Chicagoan.
We were then whisked up in an elevator to the 94th floor to where the party awaited us!
Exciting drink specials to get you a little liquid courage before going on the Tilt experience. Munchies, beer, wine, GORGEOUS views of this amazing city, and so many great people! Photographers, bloggers, and a whole mix of other folks made this evening a grand one.
After some libations, we found a few friends! Rachel (Wayfaring Rachel), Amber (Style Plus Curves), and Toya (The Fat Girl of Fashion) are fellow bloggers and just the most amazing ladies! We shared a drink and a chat and then decided it was time to go try this Tilt thing.
So, Tilt is Chicago’s highest moving attraction. You step onto a platform and hold onto the bars and the whole little box tips forward laying you out to see the city below you. Unprecedented views of the Magnificent Mile and other unique Chicago sites await those who are brave enough to try. Sarah decided to photograph the experience for us (How sweet!) and sit back while we tilted.
I think it’s safe to say there were shrieks, of both fear and excitement, across the board. And those lovely little platform spots made for some super great silhouette shots! (category: s#*% bloggers do)
Amber and I both last minute decided to hop on again.
And then we made our way back to the main part of the deck to continue our exploring.
They have these wonderful little touch screen televisions around the windows that let you zoom in and out on a snapshot of the view you’re currently looking at. You can tap different locations and learn more about each building or the companies that occupy the buildings. Rachel and I had a good time learning about the view over the Loop.
With a pause for a photo, of course!
The whole evening was just so much fun. Amazing people, drinks, views, and everything.
The Sunset Series will occur on three evenings out of the week this summer. Mondays are photo nights, Tuesdays will have a guide in the sky with you from Chicago Architecture Foundation to tell you about the buildings and design you’re looking at, and Thursdays you’ll toast the sunset while DJs provide their best mixes for you. Each event unique to 360 Chicago and amazing in their own rights.
And big news for residents of the 606! Admission to 360 Chicago is officially half price with your Chicago zipcode. That’s just $10 for adults for these amazing views. Make sure you visit soon!
Photos by Levine-Moore Photography