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Hours:
April- Sept. 9am- 10pm; Oct.- March 10am- 8pm

When to Go:
Weekend Evenings

Age Restriction:
All Ages

Nearest Transit:
Quincy/wells (Brown Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, Purple Line)

Important Information:
Tallest observatory in Chicago

Willis-Sears Tower Skydeck, Chicago attraction-sightseeing from Chicago Traveler

Quick Facts

  • The Willis Tower Skydeck is located on the 103rd floor of the iconic Chicago building formerly called the Sears Tower.
  • Activities on the Willis Sears Tower Chicago Skydeck include their new glass ledges, touch screen exhibits and Willis Sears Tower Chicago trivia.
  • The Willis Tower Chicago Skydeck stands 1,353 ft. above the streets of Downtown Chicago. 

Address:
233 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
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Tour Review : Willis-Sears Tower Skydeck, Chicago attraction-sightseeing from Chicago Traveler


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4
Location:
4
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

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The tour was:

Sears Tower Chicago - It's Something Everyone Has to Do Once

This will always be the Sears Tower in my mind, so I’m going to call it that. It’s really something you must do while you’re in Chicago. It’s the tallest building in the nation. How could you pass up that? The best way to get tickets for it is buying a city pass, which will let you in here and four other museums for $76. It will actually save you a lot of money.

The best time to come here is at sunset. You’ll not only be able to watch the sunset from the 5th highest building in the world, but you’ll see the lights of the city start to come on while the buildings are still visible. After the sun sets you can’t really see the details of everything, just the lights. Plus, you’ll want to be able to see Lake Michigan as well. I believe you can see four different states from the top!

There are four clear glass ledges that you can actually stand on, and whoa is that spooky. Such a weird feeling to stand that high with it seeming like nothing is below you. I’m not gonna lie, my stomach got very woozy, but I’m kind of afraid of heights. There is also a place where they take pictures of you on the clear glass. Those pictures turn out amazing. It’s free to do it, but as you can imagine, it costs a ridiculous amount to buy it. Like $22 for the picture. Out of control! But of course, there are people willing to spend that.

It’s crazy to look down and see buildings that are huge on the ground look so small from above. This is definitely something that everyone should at least do once!

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  • Adult Price
    $18.00
  • Child Price
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Summary

Features: The view from the Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the Willis/Sears Tower is amazing! On a clear day, you can see 40-50 miles -- the city of Chicago and its beautiful architecture, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. 

For your enjoyment on the way up, the elevators are equipped with 50-inch flat screen monitors that make you feel like you're blasting off through the top of the Willis Tower and into space - with views of the earth compliments of NASA and the Space Shuttle Endeavor. 

The Skydeck also features interactive, museum-quality exhibits highlighting Chicago's history and historic characters. Interactive kiosks provide a tour of Chicago's landmarks. Knee-High Chicago is a kid-level display that extends all the way around the Skydeck. Cool cut-out windows put kids eye-to-eye with scenes from Chicago's most fascinating moments in history. The Skydeck also has high-tech, high-powered telescopes for a closer look at the city. 

The newest addition to the Skydeck is the Sky Ledge. The Sky Ledge allows you to step out into a “glass box” to take in an unobstructed view directly below your feet. At 1353 feet above the ground, that’s quite a rush!

Restaurants in the Willis/Sears Tower include Corner Bakery, Venice Café, Salseria Grill & Cantina, Market Creations and Starbucks. 

Why We Go: The Wills Tower Skydeck features panoramic views of Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan, and stepping out on to the glass ledges is sure one of the most thrilling experiences you'll ever encounter.

  • Photo-Ops: Bring your own camera, or enlist the Willis Tower Skydeck photo staff for memorable pictures at this famous Chicago landmark.  
  • Beautiful Views: Take in a stunning Chicago sunset at the Willis Tower Chicago Skydeck for the perfect beginning to a romantic evening with your significant other in Chicago. 
  • Kid Friendly: Along with the scenic Chicago views and glass ledges, there are plenty of touch-screen exhibits and activities to keep your kids busy at this family friendly attraction in Chicago 

Inside Knowledge: The glass ledges on the 103rd Willis Sears Tower Chicago Skydeck extends 4.3 ft. off of the side of the building, giving you the ability to look all the way down to the streets of Chicago. Obviously, this thrilling Chicago attraction is not for the faint of heart. 

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Expect a Line: There's almost always a line to get up to the Willis Sears Tower Chicago Skydeck, so prepare to be patient when visiting this popular Chicago landmark in The Loop of Chicago.     
  • Do Go In the Afternoon: Afternoons are usually the least busy time to visit the Willis Sears Tower Chicago, and the angle of the sun gives tourists the clearest views of Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan. 
  • Don't Visit During Bad Weather: Nothing ruins a trip to the 103rd floor Willis Tower Chicago Skydeck like a thick path of fog or rain clouds. Check the weather ahead of time before visiting this famous Chicago building Downtown.  
  • Don't Miss the Activities: The engaging activities on the Willis Skydeck Sears Tower give you a chance to learn inside information on this top Chicago attraction via touch-screen exhibits and hands-on fun.  

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Tour Review : Willis-Sears Tower Skydeck, Chicago attraction-sightseeing from Chicago Traveler


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
4
Location:
4
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Sears Tower Chicago - It's Something Everyone Has to Do Once

This will always be the Sears Tower in my mind, so I’m going to call it that. It’s really something you must do while you’re in Chicago. It’s the tallest building in the nation. How could you pass up that? The best way to get tickets for it is buying a city pass, which will let you in here and four other museums for $76. It will actually save you a lot of money.

The best time to come here is at sunset. You’ll not only be able to watch the sunset from the 5th highest building in the world, but you’ll see the lights of the city start to come on while the buildings are still visible. After the sun sets you can’t really see the details of everything, just the lights. Plus, you’ll want to be able to see Lake Michigan as well. I believe you can see four different states from the top!

There are four clear glass ledges that you can actually stand on, and whoa is that spooky. Such a weird feeling to stand that high with it seeming like nothing is below you. I’m not gonna lie, my stomach got very woozy, but I’m kind of afraid of heights. There is also a place where they take pictures of you on the clear glass. Those pictures turn out amazing. It’s free to do it, but as you can imagine, it costs a ridiculous amount to buy it. Like $22 for the picture. Out of control! But of course, there are people willing to spend that.

It’s crazy to look down and see buildings that are huge on the ground look so small from above. This is definitely something that everyone should at least do once!