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John Hancock Center

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 18 November 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The John Hancock Center, at 875 North Michigan Avenue in the Streeterville area of Chicago, Illinois, United States, is a 100-story, 1,127-foot tall skyscraper, constructed under the supervision of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, with chief designer Bruce Graham and structural engineer Fazlur Khan. When the building topped out on May 6, 1968, it was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. It is currently the fourth-tallest building in Chicago and the seventh-tallest in the United States, after One World Trade Center, the Willis Tower, the Empire State Building, the Bank of America Tower, the Trump Tower Chicago, and the Aon Center. When measured to the top of its antenna masts, it stands at 1,506 feet. The building is home to offices and restaurants, as well as about 700 condominiums, and contains the third highest residence (above adjacent ground level) in the world, after the Trump Tower (also in Chicago), and the Burj Khalifa (in Dubai). The building was named for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, a developer and original tenant of the building, and has the nickname "Big John".

The 95th floor has long been home to a restaurant, the latest tenant being "The Signature Room on the 95th Floor". Diners can look out at Chicago and Lake Michigan. The Observatory attraction (called "John Hancock Observatory") competes with the Willis Tower's Skydeck across town. John Hancock Center is in the heart of Michigan Avenue, a prime tourist hotspot in Chicago, while the Willis Tower is in the financial district. John Hancock Observatory allows a 360° view of the city, up to four states, and a distance of over 80 miles. The Observatory has Chicago's only open-air SkyWalk and also features a free multimedia tour in six languages, narrated by actor David Schwimmer. From January to March the Observatory offers what is claimed as the world's highest ice skating rink, using a synthetic surface that enables the use of standard ice skates at normal room temperature. The 44th-floor sky lobby features America's highest indoor swimming pool.

Photo captured May 25, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/6.3 ISO 100 18 mm

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Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fantastic angle and perspective for the shot, it seems to go on for ever!

18 Nov 2013 7:53am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super PoV

18 Nov 2013 8:07am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

This is a cool shot of a great building. Great perspective and excellent POV. I'd like to visit Chicage and see a panoramic view from John Hancock Observatory someday. Have a great week. :)

18 Nov 2013 8:18am

@Etsu: Here's a peek!

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

Excellent capture with a fantastic perspective to the shot ! It is indeed a very tall building and the view at the top must be wonderful to see !
Wishing you a great day.

18 Nov 2013 9:13am

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Very good capture.

18 Nov 2013 9:38am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Great point of view & graphical perspective !

18 Nov 2013 10:19am

Graciel.la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Very excellent shot. A great capture of a great building !

18 Nov 2013 10:20am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb angle and interesting information. There is a timeless quality to the architecture of this landmark building.

18 Nov 2013 11:14am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Superb perspective and composition, Steven - I just love how the tower rises up through the frame, and those clouds are fabulous. Well done!

18 Nov 2013 12:02pm

Frances Gaffey from Massachusetts, United States

This is superb Steven. The angle and color are just perfect. 5*

18 Nov 2013 1:01pm

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Grand angle ... Magnifique. )

18 Nov 2013 1:19pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Superb point of view and treatment

18 Nov 2013 3:26pm

franz from Baden, Austria

superb angle and perspective and once again, impressive data !!!

18 Nov 2013 3:30pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Magnifique contre plongée, splendide graphisme.

18 Nov 2013 4:41pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful angle !!!

18 Nov 2013 5:36pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Wooow ! Excellent perspective ! That creates a great game with lines. A huge building from this POV !! (well, a huge building from any POV... but maybe more huge from this one) ;-)

18 Nov 2013 7:04pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Impressive and captivating image of the skyscraper. The effect caused by the perspective blends wonderfully with the gorgeous colors. Fantastic work.

18 Nov 2013 7:58pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
so beautiful angle, frame, perspective, colors & lights!
A M A Z I N G !!!!

18 Nov 2013 8:19pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

One of my favourite skyscrapers in your city's fine collection of many, and a superb corner view composition !

18 Nov 2013 9:46pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow … dramatic view and beautiful architecture! Fantastic photo!

18 Nov 2013 9:57pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic perspective! It really shows how tall the building is. I think I would have gotten dizzy trying to capture this image! The sky is beautiful. A very interesting narrative.

18 Nov 2013 10:00pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I like this crisply detailed shot with the neck-craning perspective. The touches of greenery add relief to the rigid lines of the building.

19 Nov 2013 1:03am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I am getting dizzy from looking up. Very nice shot.

19 Nov 2013 1:30am

Abena from Illinois, United States

Marvelous perspective Steven. I love it!

19 Nov 2013 2:37am

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

wow That is a fantastic composition - wonderful camera work !! The lines are so superb, and the reflections in the windows add very well !! Stunning !!!

19 Nov 2013 2:49am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A superb perspective on this beautiful building. Very cool!

19 Nov 2013 3:47am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

The photo is wonderful, Steven ... and the details you've shared add so much!

19 Nov 2013 12:44pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressant cadrage

19 Nov 2013 3:11pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

outstanding graphics

20 Nov 2013 12:37am

Andrew from Roseville, United States

Love this! Great texture and definition, and one of my favorite PoV's of buildings!

20 Nov 2013 5:18am