Willis Tower Skydeck

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 (Photo Illustration: Chris Kelly)
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Willis Tower: Previously known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower soars 110 stories above Chicago making it the tallest building in America.


Willis Tower: Stand on The Ledge of the iconic skyscraper and peer down at streets and buildings in the Chicago Loop (while remaining calm).


Willis Tower: Wine and dine on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower.

This 1973 landmark put the city in an uproar when insurance broker Willis Group Holdings Ltd acquired the Sears Tower naming rights in 2009. That doesn't change the fact that the building occupies two city blocks and stretches 1,454 feet high, making it the second-tallest building in the U.S. Skydeck views from the 103rd floor allow you to see as far as 50 miles out. While you’re up there, learn about the city’s landmarks from a multilingual computer program and about its history from wall exhibits. If the Skydeck’s newest feature, The Ledge sounds like a horror movie, there’s a reason for that: Crawl into the glass cube structure, and you’re suspended 1,353 feet off the ground.


Venue name: Willis Tower Skydeck
Address: 233 S Wacker Dr

Cross street: at Adams St
Opening hours: Apr–Sept daily 9am–10pm; Oct–Mar 10am-8pm
Transport: El stop: Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Quincy. Bus: 126, 151, 156.
Price: $18, kids ages 3–11 $12, kids under 3 free; Fast Pass (express line to elevators) $35
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becky e
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Visiting the Skydeck in the Willis Tower is a MUST do while you're in Chicago.  The views are amazing and I was even able to brave my fear of heights to go out on the ledge. Get your picture there looking down! It's a view you won't get anywhere else! The Willis Tower has a short movie to watch before taking the elevator to the top floor. It is really interesting and gives a good history lesson about the former Sears Tower.