Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tilt at 360 Chicago

My nephew has been in town this week, so we've been showing him the fun activities the city has to offer. Since I had already been to the Skydeck at Sears Tower twice and only been to 360 Chicago once for a yoga class, I decided it was time to really check out the Hancock building. For some reason the Tilt attraction had slipped under my radar, but I saw it on the 360 website and immediately bought him a ticket. I had no intention of doing it because I am terrified of heights, but I decided to be a good host and blogger and share the experience with my readers. (Also I figured I could give my nephew my ticket if I chickened out at the last minute.)

What you need to know: 

The Tilt attraction tilts you outward from the 94th floor by 30 degrees at a height of 1,000 feet over Magnificent Mile. Yikes!

You need to purchase a Tilt ticket in addition to a general admission ticket. Tilt tickets are $6.30 online (a 10 percent discount), so buy ahead! If you live in Chicago, though, don't buy your general admission ticket until you arrive. You get half price admission with your Illinois ID showing a 606 ZIP code ($10 vs. $20). That made the total cost for each of us $16 vs. $30.

The first step was booking us a Spothero parking space across the street at Water Tower Place garage for $9 for four hours. (Regular parking costs for that garage are $22 for the first hour and up.) I planned for us to arrive by 10 a.m., in time for our 30-minute window for the Tilt ride. (You choose a time period for your ride; I chose 10:30 a.m. Sunday). 360 Chicago opened at 9 a.m. on Sunday, so arriving close to that time was the best decision we could have made. We had about a 5-minute line to buy our general admission tickets and about a minute wait for the Tilt. Get there early!

In case you haven't been to 360 Chicago, the elevator ride up takes about a minute. It's a good idea to chew gum, as our eyes definitely popped. I recommend doing the Tilt first thing and then spending the rest of your time viewing the city in all directions.

Because my toddler was with us we switched off and went one at a time. It was no problem at all to bring a 3-year-old. You can bring a stroller, but we chose to go without one. The morning crowd was not too heavy to get around for those parents who did have strollers with them. 

The Tilt ride itself was about a minute long. You tilt out par to the way, it stops, and then it tilts out even more. My knees were shaking the entire time, but I managed to take a photo of the view on my phone. A photographer takes photos of you/your group before the ride and during. You can choose to buy the photo package for $30 including digital copies if you'd like. We went without.

This isn't the view from the Tilt; this is to the west of the attraction.

Check out my video of the experience below! Have you been to 360 Chicago?