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  • Address: 233 S. Wacker Drive, The Loop
  • Hours: Open daily. Apr - Sept: 9am - 10pm, Oct - Mar: 10am - 8pm
  • Admission: Adults: US$16, Children (3-11yrs): US$11

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Willis (Sears) Tower

Once the world’s tallest building, Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) is still the USA's tallest building, and it's still way up in the clouds. Its observation platform - the Skydeck - draws 1.5 million people a year who are eager to ascend the 110-story, 1,454 foot (443 meter) building for awesome panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside.

Your journey to the top of the Willis Tower starts with a walk through an airport-style metal detector, followed by a slow elevator ride down to the waiting area where visitors queue for tickets. A sign will tell you how long you'll have to wait to get up high; this is a good time to confirm the visibility. Even days that seem sunny can have upper-level haze that limits the view. On good days, however, you can see for 40 to 50 miles (64 to 80 kilometers), as far as the states of Indiana, Michigan. Iowa, and Wisconsin.

While you wait, you can watch a film about Willis Tower factoids like its 43,000 mi (69,200 km) of phone cable and 2,232 steps to the roof. Then you'll wait a little longer before the ear-popping, 70 second elevator ride up to the 103rd floor deck. From here, the entire city stretches below, and you can see exactly how Chicago is laid out.

Practical Info

Willis Tower is located on the west side of the Loop, by the Chicago River, thus you’re a few blocks away from all Loop attractions and restaurants. The tower is easily accessible by bus and El trains. Allow at least an hour for a trip to the top, a stroll along the Skydeck, and back down to the ground. The Skydeck entrance is off of Jackson Boulevard.

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Chicago City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 632 Reviews

See all the sights of Chicago at your own pace! On a Chicago City Hop-on Hop-off Tour you can get off the bus at any scheduled stop to visit Chicago's most ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: Flexible

From USD $34.99

Skydeck Chicago Admission

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Gaze upon the city sights from the pinnacle of Chicago, the Skydeck. Located on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower -- the third-tallest ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: Flexible

From USD $19.49

Viator VIP: Willis Tower Skydeck Early Access, Trolley City Tour and Chicago River Cruise

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See classic Chicago sights with this Viator VIP package that includes early entry to the Skydeck in Willis (formerly Sears) Tower where you'll be greeted and ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.00

Willis Tower Skydeck Dinner

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Enjoy a VIP dinner at Chicago’s Skydeck where you get breathtaking views of the city while dining on a glass-enclosed balcony 103 stories above the ground. ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.64

Breakfast in the Sky: Early Access to Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago

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Start your day with a breathtaking view of Chicago and a hearty breakfast on a glass-enclosed balcony 103 stories up! Ascend to the Skydeck of Willis Tower, ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $146.99

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