The Tops: John Hancock Center West Antenna

Hundreds of thousands of people have been to the 95th and 96th floors of the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue), but few people ever see what’s really at the top of this magnificent building.  I mean the tippy top.

It’s been almost a decade since we last gave the Hancock Center  The Tops treatment.  Since then we’ve seen the advent of HD television, HD radio, and an explosion in the number of microwave horns on the roof and antennae of the building.

So on a clear day we dusted off the long lens to see what we could see, and the result is the immense image below (actually assembled from two photographs).

This is a high resolution photograph showing the transmitting and receiving antennas on the western mast of the Hancock Center.  To see the eastern, somewhat taller, mast click here.

John Hancock Center western antenna


Author: Editor

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