John Hancock Observatory
Chicago, Ill. 60611
(888) 875-VIEW (8439)
Cost: $17.50 ages 12 and up, $11.50 kids 3-11, free kids under 3.
Hours: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 10:30 p.m.) The best time to visit is 9-11 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to catch sunsets and starry skylines.
Along with 94th-floor views and an open-air skywalk 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, the Hancock Building has a free multimedia tour for both kids and adults. The tour offers an insider's perspective of the city's sights. Try the children's areas and the world's tallest cafe.