Everything you need to know about visiting the Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower (233 S Wacker Dr)
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.
If you're looking to see more of Chicago than you'd be able to take in on a walking tour, the Skydeck is your best bet. Views from the 103rd floor are expansive, allowing guests to see up to four states and 50 miles out on a clear day. While you’re up there, learn about the city’s landmarks from a multilingual computer program and about its history from wall exhibits. The best times to visit are just after opening and at sunset, when you'll be able to look out at the glassy skyscrapers' sparkly lights against the night sky. Looking to avoid some of the weekend crowd? Skydeck’s weekday tickets give you a more exclusive feel.
Go out on The Ledge
Of course, if you've made it this far, you might as well experience the Skydeck's main attraction, The Ledge. Four glass boxes hang out over the building's 103rd floor, offering a thrilling experience and even better views from 1,353 feet off the ground. It's a one-of-a-kind way to see Chicago that will delight visitors and out-of-town parents or kiddos in your group.
Photo op one-stop shop
Before you head up to the 103rd floor, you'll be able to explore a collection of interactive experiences at the lower-level museum that celebrate the history and culture of Chicago. You can take in the skyline with an immersive fly-through video tour of the city, hop aboard a replica of a CTA train, snap a photo with a gigantic deep dish pizza and tell a joke on a recreation of the Second City stage.
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