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Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, Chicago

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Take a look at Chicago from the top of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the country. Still called "Sears Tower" by most locals, the 108-story building looms over the city with a height of 442 m (1,451 ft). One of the world's tallest freestanding structures, the skyscraper features an observation deck on the 103rd floor. The popular skydeck is 412 m (1,353 ft) high, offering unobstructed views of Chicago and its sprawling suburbs. On clear days, the vista stretches far over the Illinois plains and across Lake Michigan, all the way to Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. For a dizzying look from a glass-floored ledge jutting out into the air, get in line for the high-speed elevator to the top. By using our Chicago vacation generator, you can arrange your visit to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower and other attractions in Chicago.
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  • Disappointing. I was told I'd have to queue for 45 min. It was 1.5 hrs. There's no scheme like here's a ticket come back when it's your time (like they do elsewhere). There's no communication to tell ...  more »
  • We planned to go first thing in the morning to avoid a longer lineup. We were able to take in the amazing views almost all by ourselves. Found the plexiglass cut-out a little nervous to stand out on b...  more »
  • If you are in Chicago, this is a must do. The views from the 103rd are amazing. We did not book in advance as we were unsure what the weather was going to do so we just stood in line and waited. It to...  more »
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  • Go on an off-day. The lines to get in can be easily 2+ hours on weekends, and even the $50 fast pass requires waiting for about an hour. The lines are confusing and poorly organized. The actual view is quite beautiful, and gives you a shot of the river that you won't get from 360 Chicago. The windows are unfortunately rather dirty, especially on the otherwise impressive plastic box that extends out over the side of the building. To take photos in the plastic box, go down to the far corner and get in line there. Everyone lines up at the first visible box. All in all it's a fun diversion, but I prefer 360 Chicago. The windows are clearer and the view is a bit nicer.
  • We went here for a private event. We did not have to wait at all but I understand that it can be a long wait time as much as up to two to three hours. Once you arrive at floor 103 you get a spectacular 360 degree view of the awesome city of Chicago. Another great feature is that you can stay up there as long as you like. They do not have any lines or supervision for people to step onto the ledges that are on the side of the building so that it's kind of a madhouse and could be a long wait time. Definitely a must do in Chicago. You can also get your picture taken by a photographer there for around $25.00. Take lots of pictures and have fun!!! #CityExperts. @Localguides
  • Very easy to get to. Friendly staff everywhere. The only suggestion I would make is to move the cameras on the glass boxes back a bit when taking the visitors pictures because you cant really see the bottom of the box. It looses some of the effect.
  • I HAD ONLY ONE BIG PROBLEM. Great experience for my family and I !! Long waiting lines because it was a busy day. In a sunny day, you will enjoy beautiful views of this great city. THE BIG PROBLEM I HAD WAS THE WAY MANAGEMENT OF THIS PLACE LET PEOPLE LINE UP ON THEIR OWN BEFORE GETTING ON TOP OF THE DECK. THEY SHOULD HAVE A BETTER SYSTEM SO PEOPLE DON'T CUT YOU IN LINE. I ALMOST HAD TO PUNCH THE NOSE OF A STUPID MORON WHO THOUGHT THAT WITH HIS BIG SIZE BODY HE COULD DO AND SAY WHATEVER HE WANTED TO.
  • View from atop a building that once used to be the tallest building in the world. The skydeck gives us access to a glass box through which we can see all the way down. The view of the surrounding states from the top is awesome. The wait was a bit too long though. It nearly took us 3 hours to get to the top.