I recommend that you come to this lounge before 5pM, after that it might be pretty packed and you have to wait in line to get up to the floor. We walked to the elevator and someone was there to greet us and press the button for us. The ride up to the 95th floor was about 1 minute. We were greeted and got a table right by the window right away. Time for your photos! The view is pretty incredible. You get to see the coastline of Chicago and the adjacent skyscrapers. Then we ordered our drinks. I got the Jim Bourbon Maple which was pretty sweet and tasted like apple juice, oh well it was pretty good though. The drinks and view are an A+. Service was also quick. This is a perfect place to take for a date.
If you want to see Chicago skyline views from above, without the 2-hour wait from the Willis Tower, then this is your place. Take the elevator to the 96th floor for a bar seat, a cocktail and sweeping views of the Windy City. For a proper dinner, make reservations ahead at the Signature Room. Both have spectacular views and reasonable wait times to be seated. It's free, apart from the drink you will be having. The best time to snap pictures is at dusk, when the sun is setting!
Must stop for everyone visiting Chicago. The view at night is absolutely enchanting. The view during the day is equally spectacular. You can get a 360 panorama of the whole city.There is no charge to enter and see the view, however, a drink purchase per person is expected if you request a table (~$10 plus tax). On this visit, I had the chocolate martini which was perfect.Expect a long wait for the elevator on busy days.
The Signature Lounge is in the 96th floor of the Hancock Building, facing west. At sunset and night there are fantastic views of Chicago and the suburbs that makes the overpriced drinks worth it. The bar is usually busy so you might have to wait for a couple of seats at the tables along the windows.There's an attached restaurant, but skip it. There's much better food elsewhere.