360 CHICAGO Observation Deck has announced a new addition to its ongoing efforts to bring #TheRealChicago to residents and tourists who visit the attraction. While the 360 CHI Series will continue to offer bonus local-centric activities daily, the new Neighborhood Takeovers will give guests a taste of the food, beverages, entertainment, and culture of four distinct Chicago communities.
#TheRealChicago Neighborhood Takeovers will begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates:
Thursday, May 2:The Magnificent Mile spotlights hidden gems
Thursday, July 11:Old Town introduces its historic ties to architecture, entertainment and quirky boutiques
Thursday, September 5:Andersonville entices with Swedish history and one-of-a-kind finds
Thursday, October 3:Pilsen and the National Museum of Mexican Museum of Art share the beauty and culture of this neighborhood
360 CHICAGO’s BAR 94 will feature a custom cocktail designed by KOVAL and inspired by each neighborhood during the entire month surrounding each takeover. A portion of the sales from each cocktail will benefit a charity of the neighborhoods’ choosing.
“We want to encourage our guests to take a good look out over this magnificent city while they’re visiting the 94th floor, then be inspired to go explore the diverse new finds throughout The Magnificent Mile, Andersonville, Old Town and Pilsen neighborhoods,” says Nichole Williamson, general manager of 360 CHICAGO. “We started with the one-of-a-kind TILT thrill ride and continue to add genuinely unique Chicago finds to expand visitors’ knowledge and interest in our city, and to provide our local visitors an opportunity to see the city they love from a new perspective,” she adds.
In its third year, the 360 CHI Series will provide daily activities to highlight the city. From photographers, guides, yoga instructors, magicians, artists, and musicians to locally produced beer and cocktails, the series brings together a talented group of people with the goal of showcasing Chicago. The 2019 activities include:
Mondays: 360 Tripod Monday is the only day of the week when visitors can bring camera tripods between 9 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. onto the 94th floor observation deck. Photography Ambassador Nick Ulivieri, a local photographer, spearheads annual photography events and promotions throughout the year.
Tuesdays: 360 Sky Guide ambassadors offer tours of Chicago from above between 12 noon and 8 p.m. The 360-degree views along the tours complement insights offered into Chicago history and unique facts that can’t be found in any guidebook.
Wednesdays: 360 Sky Art features monthly paint-and-sip classes hosted by Bottle & Bottega from 6 – 9 p.m. Reservations are required for the $47 class that includes a ride on TILT and one beverage from Bar 94.
Thursdays: 360 Hoppy Hour presented by Revolution Brewing and KOVAL Distillery, both pioneering beverage businesses based in Chicago, features a live DJ from MODE events, craft beer specials and original cocktail recipes inspired by Chicago’s neighborhoods plus a big-screen TVs and board games from 6-9 p.m.
Fridays: 360 Sky Trivia games is a weekly trivia night hosted by Nicole Kawell from 6 – 8 p.m. Kawell tests participants’ Chicago IQ with six rounds of questions ranging from pop culture to academia. Teams register to compete for prizes during the games offered every Friday now through June, and again September through year end. Pre-registration includes admission for $11 per person.
Saturdays: 360 Sky Yoga ($18) features one-hour classes at 9 a.m. led by professional instructor Ashley Christensen during this limited-space activity. Yoga enthusiasts practice sun salutations, gentle flow movements, breath-centered movements and more 1,000 feet closer to the sun. Pre-registration required.
Sundays: 360 Sunday Funday invites kids 12 and under to TILT for free between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Additionally, guests enjoy kid-friendly sleight of hand magic and soothing music performances between 1 – 3 p.m. featuring magic by AJ Sacco and musical entertainment by Beth Reinstein.
Observation Deck Hours and Pricing
Open 365 days a year from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., the last ticket is sold at 10:30 p.m. General admission: $22 for adults (ages 12+); $15 for youth (3-11); free for children under 3. The 606 Resident Appreciation Rate offers those with proof of 606 zip code residency a 50 percent savings on general admission. Additional ticket options are available online.
TILT costs $8 per person and tickets do not include admission to the observation deck. Guests first purchase a valid on-site admission ticket to gain access to the observation deck and TILT. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at 360 CHICAGO’s ticketing desk, based on availability.