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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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  • It's super cool from the start to finish. The views are on the dry side of the city but still looks great. Ques can be long and people hurry you so fast once your ok the sky deck.  more »
  • Going to the top of the tower is fun and a classic Chicago attraction, but make sure you budget enough time. It isn't a simple elevator to the top - there's a (mandatory) 10-minute movie and then a wa...  more »
  • Beautiful views of the city. The glass bottom decks are so cool! I'm afraid of heights and it didn't feel unsafe or unstable at all!  more »
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  • The wait can be very, very long. Even if you buy tickets ahead of time you'll wait to get into the building. Once you're in the building you'll still be in line and you'll then go downstairs to the ticket area. There's a general notice that fast pass is a 45 minute wait and general admission can be up to 2.5 hours. So, you're already there and you do have the option to upgrade to fast pass, essentially double the general admission price. It makes a world of difference as you'll get up, photo opp, and out quickly. So happy we did. Once you're at the top it's pretty cool, great views all around, there are a few glass boxes where you can scare yourself and take and have taken some cool photos. The place could be better organized and managed by the staff, they were hit or miss. Some were pleasant and realized that people are here making memories, others were doing their job in the most basic way. If you're into panoramic views of the city it's worth checking out.
  • This was awesome! I hadn't been in more than 15 years ago, and it has changed a lot since then for the better. The only problem is that so many people wanted to see the same thing as well and considering it was only 2 elevators we could use unless you have a city pass. I said all that to say if you live here think about getting one because it's a lot cheaper. You get to visit other attractions with the pass. We had great time.
  • Went here as part of the Chicago CityPass (which I highly recommend doing). We got there within the first hour it opened. It was pretty crowded but we were able to get onto the sky decks with short waits. It was chaotic because there were 3 lines but no one was really abiding by the lines, but once we got out there, all was great! The decks that were manned by the staff only allowed one group at a time (which was more private) but the staff people don't really know how to take pictures with a phone, so the pics turned out lame. If you get there early enough, you may be able to take pictures of your party from one deck to the other (we did!). Great views and the elevator is super quick!
  • I've never had a worst experience at any venue. The lines were out of control. 5 hour waits for a 30 second photo, not worth the time or the money. The kicker was the elevator ride down when the speaker says the "friendly staff are here to assist." The staff of the sky deck were extremely rude and not at all helpful. They had no interest in their jobs or the guest experience. On the bright side, I did get good photos.
  • Line is way too long. About 3 hours. They should do scheduled entrance like space Needle. But they sell fast pass to make more money