Party Earth Review Known for a view rivaling that of the Willis Tower – but without the price tag – the Signature Lounge at the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center looms over Chicago, providing a breathtaking vista for flash-happy tourists... ... read full review
John Hancock Center
875 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Red Line: Chicago
M–Th, Su 11am–12:30am, F–Sa 11am–1:30am
Streeterville, Chicago –
Known for a view rivaling that of the Willis Tower – but without the price tag – the Signature Lounge at the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center looms over Chicago, providing a breathtaking vista for flash-happy tourists by day and laid-back Chicagoans by night.
Although murals and paintings featuring a timeline of historic city events and celebrating its jazz roots take up most of the wall space, the focal point of the venue is obviously the floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides – and the multitier space has been set up to ensure that every seat has a panoramic view of the city skyline.
A black marble bar provides a sleek place for urbanites to entertain their out-of-town friends, while chatty older groups and young professionals looking to impress take over the simple wood tables and lounge seats closest to the windows, where they gather to chat, have a light snack, and sip the signature “Signature” martinis.
Low key and relaxing, Signature Lounge is a premier destination for drinks and boasts one of the most legendary views in town.
Young professionals, families, tourists, and locals entertaining friends, mid-20s to early 60s.
Ambient world music, down-tempo, and contemporary jazz. Panoramic views. Murals, paintings, and photographs documenting historic events and themes in Chicago’s history.
Small snack menu including sandwiches, mozzarella sticks, and jumbo shrimp cocktail.
Snacks $11, specialties $15, desserts $8.50. Beer $7.50–$8.25, wine $11–$14.75, mixed drinks $12–$15, shots $13.
Casual to nice casual: jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, button-downs, slacks, dresses, some heels.
Midweek evenings for the great view without all the tourists.
One flight down is the Signature Room on the 95th, a restaurant featuring the same floor-to-ceiling windows and serving contemporary American and Italian cuisine.