Roof of Iconic Building Showcases Pride of Chicago, Sky-High Aspirations of New Season

OCTOBER 7, 2010 (CHICAGO, IL ) – Hours before the opening puck drop of the 2010-2011 National Hockey League season, Chicago’s iconic John Hancock Center hosted the Stanley Cup on its final tour of the city before Saturday’s home opener.  At the invitation of John Hancock Observatory, the roof of one of the world’s most recognizable buildings was chosen by the Chicago Blackhawks’ Cup Committee to showcase the breath-taking achievements of the championship team and the organization’s sky-high aspirations for the coming season.

Against a backdrop of cloudless sky, blue Lake Michigan waters and dusk falling across Chicago’s skyline, Lord Stanley’s Cup posed for a commemorative photo shoot 1127 feet above The Magnificent Mile®.  The photo will be included in an official Chicago Blackhawks’ retrospective book celebrating the championship team’s achievement. The book will be available for sale in late November in time for the holiday shopping season.

Following the photo shoot on the roof, VIP guests were invited to a private reception in John Hancock Observatory.  There Daniel Thomas, general manager, John Hancock Observatory led a toast to the Blackhawks with the Observatory’s exclusive cocktail, The Hawks’ Cup, which was named as part of a social media contest after the Observatory received its liquor license in June.  John Hancock Observatory Facebook fan, Chris Hayward won a pair of tickets to a Blackhawks’ game and an Annual Pass to the Observatory for supplying the winning cocktail name.

“We’re all Blackhawks fans here at the building , and we’re thrilled to be included in the team’s official commemorative photo book.  From one city icon to another, what better way to celebrate the start of another championship season than with a cocktail toast inspired by the team and named by its fans,” said Thomas.

The Hawks’ Cup cocktail, with a dark red hue, was created by Southern Wine and Spirits Master Mixologist Bridget Albert, and includes Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, fresh lemon sour, ginger and blackberries.  The drink sells for $11 in the Observatory’s Lavazza Espession café  on the 94th floor in the Observatory.

About John Hancock Observatory

Located inside the iconic John Hancock Center, John Hancock Observatory is open every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and, at 875 North Michigan Avenue, stands in the heart of the Magnificent Mile next to hundreds of shops, restaurants, attractions and entertainment venues. Highlights include spectacular 360° views spanning 80 miles and four states and the city’s only open-air Sky Walk, all accessed by the fastest elevators in the country. John Hancock Center and John Hancock Observatory are owned and operated by affiliates of Golub & Company.

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