The Aon Center in Chicago is a business building that features several major headquarters. If you are lucky enough to work in the building or know someone who does, you will be able to get access to the 83 floors above ground as well as the five below ground. When looking at the Chicago skyline, you can see the Aon Center between Two Prudential Plaza and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Tower. This skyscraper was built in 1973 and measures 1,136 feet high, meaning that it can provide unique views if you are able to get to the top. The best way to enjoy the view is to visit one of the cafes inside.
For another Chicago skyscraper designed for visitors, head to the John Hancock Center. Here you will find 360 Chicago, the sky deck that is 1,000 feet high and offers views of the city (and further) in every direction. There is also a cafe on the 94th floor so you can relax with a cup of coffee while enjoying the views. There is even a unique feature, Tilt, which lets you tilt out over the streets of Chicago to enjoy uninterrupted views. There is also interactive technology throughout to tell you what you are looking at as you enjoy the gorgeous views.
You won't find any building tours offered by the Chrysler Building in New York City, but you can enter the lobby anytime you want to enjoy Edward Trumbull's ceiling murals. This 77 story skyscraper underwent construction between 1928 and 1930, but it is still one of the tallest skyscrapers, offering amazing views. You will find tours that will take you to the building and teach you more about it, although you probably won't get access to the top floor.
The New York Times Building may technically be a skyscraper, but it is more commonly used as an event space due to its auditorium and other features. You can make a request for a tour of the building, but unless you have connections, it can be difficult to do so. The lobby, however, is free to enter and open to anyone.
You can find the Bank of America plaza between Downtown and Midtown Atlanta, in the SoNo district. The tower measures 1,040 feet and is the tallest building within the state. Inside, you can find offices spanning 55 stories. There are also restaurants, cafes, and a health club with a spa. Enjoying any of these amenities will give you access to at least some of the stunning city views of nearby Atlanta, including the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia State, and the Atlanta Falcons Stadium.
While it is good to sometimes just sit back and enjoy the great outdoors in a slow and calm environment, you have to get out there and take life by the horns to truly appreciate it. There are a lot of places in our backyard to go experience the turbulent...