The Hancock, 95th Floor: A Room With A View

When my friends at the Green City Market's Junior Board announced last month that their end-of-season September happy hour would be at the Signature Room on the 95th floor of Chicago's John Hancock Tower, I grabbed for my calendar to see if I had any conflicts -- fully prepared to re-schedule them if necessary. While I'd seen a lot of the city since we moved here full-time last year, I hadn't been to the top of any of Chicago's mightiest towers.

So I went last night, camera in hand, and was amply rewarded. The view from the party room just off the Signature Room's main dining area was as WOW! as you would imagine. And if it was possible to make things even better, a dramatic cloud formation to the west produced an unimaginably gorgeous sunset.

Enough with the words. I think all the pictures are nice, but if you want to be really dazzled, scroll down to the sunset photos.

The two big towers with the broadcast spires are the Trump on the left and Willis Tower on the right.

Trump and Willis towers, Chicago

For you Bears fans, sneak a peek into Soldier Field, in between the skyscrapers and behind the Field Museum.

Soldier Field from top of the John Hancok Tower

The Merchandise Mart is the broad horizontal building in this photo.

Merchandise Mart from the John Hancock Tower

The United Center area is the big white-roofed building in the center of this photo.

United Center from John Hancock Tower

The view north up the lakeshore. Can't quite see our apartment building, four miles north.

North up the lakeshore from John Hancock Tower

A look south on Michigan Avenue, including the bridge over the Chicago River. The Tribune Tower is the building with the American flag flying atop... you can see the tip of the Wrigley Building across the street.

Michigan Avenue south from John Hancock Tower

And... the sunset series...

Sunset from Chicago's John Hancock Tower

Sunset from Chicago's John Hancock Tower

Sunset from Chicago's John Hancock Tower

Sunset from Chicago's John Hancock Tower

Sunset from Chicago's John Hancock Tower

Sunset from Chicago's John Hancock Tower

Sunset from Chicago's John Hancock Tower

Sunset from Chicago's John Hancock Tower

Chicago at nightfall, looking south from John Hancock Tower

Chicago's Navy Pier, from John Hancock Tower

Barb says the city grid at night looks like a giant airport runway.

Chicago cityscape at night, from John Hancock Tower

The skyline at night. The bright yellow lights are atop the Merchandise Mart.

Chicago skyline at night, from John Hancock Tower

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