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. Put Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Chicago trip itinerary website.
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  • 412m high! Incredible views! Reasonably priced to participate. Including in your fee is a tour through a history timeline of Chicago which was pretty cool. Had some interesting and interactive... 
    412m high! Incredible views! Reasonably priced to participate. Including in your fee is a tour through a history timeline of Chicago which was pretty cool. Had some interesting and interactive...  more »
  • The SkyDeck at Willis Tower is definitely a must-do when you're in Chicago. However, I strongly recommend purchasing your tickets online. We did not and when we arrived, there was a 2-hour wait for... 
    The SkyDeck at Willis Tower is definitely a must-do when you're in Chicago. However, I strongly recommend purchasing your tickets online. We did not and when we arrived, there was a 2-hour wait for...  more »
  • Well worth a trip. Yes, it's pretty busy in there and the drinks are not cheap but the customer service was great and the views are fabulous! 
    Well worth a trip. Yes, it's pretty busy in there and the drinks are not cheap but the customer service was great and the views are fabulous!  more »
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  • We absolutely loved going up to the Skydeck! Everyone was so friendly and made it easy to find where we needed to go. The views can't be beat. We were lucky to come on a partly cloudy day so we had great visibility. Fernanda helped us when we were up on the Skydeck and she was amazing! They also have great restaurant options in the lobby in case you're hungry! Definitely a must visit when coming to Chicago!
  • I came here during the week at about 1pm on a Monday mid May and there really wasn’t too much of a wait. I purchased our tickets online as we entered the building. Honestly, I had not been to the tower in about 3 years, there was obviously major renovations to the basement where you board the elevator to the Skydeck. ( Which really improved aspects of visiting the Willis tower) There was such cool decor and interactive features you could take photos next to. I particularly enjoyed the walk towards the elevators. You get up there fairly fast, so remember to bring some chewing gum for your ears. But once you’re up there it is absolutely spectacular. My favorite part was veering over the side that faces the lake. It was so beautiful, honestly who knew there were so many different shades of blue out there in Lake Michigan. My kids loved the opposite side that faces the city view because that’s where you get to stand on the glass ledge and see the city below you. You get about 2 full minutes to stand in the glass box they stick you in. You can take your own photos and you also have the option to purchase a photo they snap of you once you’re in there. They sell pretty gifts there but they are very pricy so don’t forget your loot. Absolutely highly recommend stopping at this Major Chicago Gem.
  • Very cool experience, the ledge is impressive and scary. I had to sit on the floor and enter backwards because it is very impressive to just walk in, and I'm not afraid of heights. The views are excellent. It's kind of a booth and you get seconds there. It was 60 seconds for 2 people or less and 120 seconds for more than 2 people. So if you are a family of 10 you'll have a hard time taking the pictures, consider purchasing the tickets separately to have time to appreciate the view and have time to take pictures and make the line separately once up there. Although it's small, you can still have people on the corners(that's how we did it to make sure everyone got their pic). You don't have time to simply look down and admire the Chicago beauty, it's everything very fast. Wait line was almost an hour. A lot of people wearing face masks, some not. Not required by what I remember. I went on 8/8.
  • If you are a tourist and want a beautiful view of the city of Chicago, Illinois, I recommend this building. It is accessible. It is not expensive. Above all, the experience is unforgettable. I recommend it without a doubt for all tourists who come from other parts of the country or even for those people. who come from outside of America this would be their best experience without forgetting that they can go to where the famous bean is in the city of Chicago to enjoy the imposing Lakes and the historic monuments of the city of Chicago Illinois as if that were not enough during the night you can enjoy beautiful holographic representations near Lake Michigan
  • Definitely a must see if you’re in Chicago. The sky deck is probably most enjoyable during blue hour, right before sunset. We got some great pictures but be warned - you only get one minute for 1-2 people or 90 seconds for 3+ people on the glass. Make sure you plan your poses in the line because the time goes by very quickly. You can get back in line once you’re done. The least busy time is in the morning. There are nice displays telling a lot about Chicago in the entrance way. There is a gift shop on the main level and at the top as well. Most of the souvenirs are extremely pricey and you could probably get them for half the price online. Overall, we had a great experience here and I definitely recommend!

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