Chicago will soon have an embarrassment of riches — at least when it comes to observation decks offering a bird’s-eye view of the city’s marquee skyline and glorious lakefront. The City Council’s Zoning Committee made certain of it Thursday, signing off on a developer’s revised plan to build a $200 million observatory at the top of the 83-story Aon Center near Millennium Park. Chicago already has two entrenched observation decks — atop Willis Tower and the building at 875 N. Michigan Ave. once known as the John Hancock Center. But this one will be different. Part of that uniqueness is the fact that it’s close to the wildly-popular Millennium Park, with the Bean and the water-filled wall of ever-changing pictures of everyday people that has become one of Chicago’s favorite meeting places and biggest tourist attractions. An architectural rendering of a proposed observation deck atop the Aon Center in downtown Chicago. A City Council … [Read more...] about Zoning Committee OKs Aon Center observation deck; city’s 3rd high-profile perch
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Seattle’s Space Needle unveiled the most expensive renovation in its history on Thursday, giving the public a chance to experience new elements of its nearly all-glass upper observation deck. The 605-foot tower’s saucer-shaped deck has been fitted with 48 glass walls that lean out over the city and reclining glass benches that replace the concrete and a metal cage that were part of the structure since it was built in 1962. The new setup affords observers a 360-degree view of the Emerald City from 500 feet in the air. About 80 percent of the upper-observation deck and open-air observation deck are complete, Space Needle officials said. The first visitors will have access to 10 of the 24 installed glass benches, called Skyrisers. “When you sit back and sit up against the glass barriers it feels like you’re floating over Seattle,” said Space Needle spokesman Dave Mandapat. “I think they’re going to end up being the place for the ultimate … [Read more...] about First look: Space Needle unveils nearly complete glass observation deck
In an age when smartphone-obsessed humans aren’t prone to observation, Chicago is getting another sky-high observation deck, a place the aforementioned humans can go and take smartphone pictures of views they can’t be bothered to directly observe.Owners of the Aon Center skyscraper have announced plans for a rooftop observatory and a ride called the Sky Summit that hoists a clear cab full of people over the edge of the building for a brief thrill. The building will also get a glass elevator tube that shoots visitors up the side of the skyscraper to the observatory.As my colleagues Ally Marotti and Blair Kamin reported, the Aon Center plan would set up “a heated competition for tourist dollars with established observatories at Willis Tower and 875 N. Michigan Ave., the former John Hancock Center.”That’s right. Chicago will have three different spots where tourists and residents alike can get bird’s-eye views of the the city and the lake.But if you … [Read more...] about Aon Center observation deck won’t peel our eyes from our phones. Here’s what might.
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Going Out Guide by Fritz Hahn by Fritz Hahn Email the author May 14 at 9:00 AM Email the author The view from the Observation Deck in Rosslyn includes FedEx Field, Tysons Corner and beyond. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post) Part of the fun of visiting a friend with a rooftop deck is playing tourist and seeing the sights: How's the view of the Capitol dome or Washington National Cathedral? Is that the roof of Nationals Park between those two buildings? More importantly, where's my house? From the Observation Deck, opening to the public later this summer atop Rosslyn's CEB Tower at Central Place, the game takes on a whole new scale. … [Read more...] about This new observation deck will offer sweeping views of Washington
Leanna Garfield, provided by Published 2:32 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Joe Woolhead Costing an estimated $20 billion, Manhattan's Hudson Yards neighborhood is already the largest real-estate development in American history. And soon, the neighborhood will break another record. 30 Hudson Yards, a skyscraper under construction on the island's far west side, will feature the highest outdoor observation deck in New York City and the Western Hemisphere. A construction crew began installing the 765,000-pound, steel deck on Tuesday. When complete, it will jut out from the tower 1,100 feet in the air. Take a look below. The skyscraper, dubbed 30 Hudson Yards, is located along the Hudson River at the southwest corner of 33rd Street in Manhattan. Visual House Spanning around 28 acres, Hudson Yards broke ground in late 2012, and construction is expected to wrap up in 2024. Measuring 1,296-feet-tall, the steel-and-glass skyscraper will feature offices, a restaurant, … [Read more...] about New York City is getting a 1,296-foot-tall skyscraper with the highest observation deck in the Western Hemisphere — see the incredible views