Get us in your inbox


Willis Tower Skydeck | Chicago, IL

  • Things to do
  • Loop
  • price 2 of 4
skydeck chicago ledge
Photograph: Anthony Tahlier/Skydeck Chicago

Time Out says

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.

Epic views

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.

Our Chicago editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of Chicago at your fingertips. Chicago was most recently updated with new tips on May 17, 2021.


233 S Wacker Dr
Cross street:
at Adams St
El stop: Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Quincy. Bus: 126, 151, 156.
$28–$35, kids ages 3–11 $22–26–, kids under 3 free
Opening hours:
Mar–Sept 9am–10pm; Oct–Feb 10am–8pm
Do you own this business?
Sign in & claim business

What’s on

Street to Sky Guided Tours

Skydeck Chicago has launched a new experience, Street to Sky Guided Tours. Guests will start on the lower level of Willis Tower at an interactive museum to immerse themselves in Chicago history and culture. The guided tour transports guests through time and offers a chance to learn insightful fun facts about the city. When it’s time to head up to the 103rd floor observation deck—located 1,353 feet high—you’ll take an expedited elevator ride. A keepsake photo of your group on The Ledge is also included in the package.

You may also like
You may also like