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

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

See Chicago from several angles, including the 103rd floor of Willis (Sears) Tower, where you have early access to the Skydeck. This Viator VIP package — available nowhere else — provides a crowd-free morning overlooking city landmarks from glass-enclosed balconies. Follow up your vista with a 2-hour narrated trolley tour past Grant Park, the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building and more. Finish with an afternoon cruise on the Chicago River and enjoy a complimentary drink as you discover the city's distinctive skyscrapers from an architecture-savvy guide.

Highlights

  • Viator VIP package to the top Chicago sights including early access to Willis Tower
  • Gain early entry to the Skydeck in Willis Tower for magnificent views without the crowds!
  • Jump on a trolley for a guided tour of top Chicago attractions including the Hancock Center and the Field Museum
  • Admire gorgeous skyline views on a 75-minute cruise of the Chicago River
  • Sip on a complimentary drink as you learn about the city’s architecture
  • Don't miss this insider experience of the best of Chicago — it can't be booked anywhere else!

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What You Can Expect

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

Viator VIP River Cruise

Head to Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and enjoy exclusive early access to this interactive experience on the 103rd floor, an attraction that brings thousands of visitors a day. With this Viator VIP, you'll arrive before normal operating hours to covet uninterrupted views without the crowds. 

Learn fun facts from an audio tour and snap photos of Lake Michigan and city sights as you step onto the Ledge — a series of glass-and-steel cubes that protrude 4.3 feet (1.3 meters) from the Skydeck. Hovering 1,353 feet (1,353 meters) above the city, you’ll find yourself standing outside the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere! 

After an hour here, take a 2-hour trolley tour of downtown Chicago with onboard narration about city history, architecture and landmarks. Motor along LaSalle Street in the Loop, and admire structures such as the Rookery Building. See glass-and-steel skyscrapers by Mies Van Der Rohe, the corncob-shaped towers in Marina City, and famous sculptures by Picasso, Calder, Miró and Chagall. 

Make a stop at Millennium Park, cross the drawbridge over the Chicago River and continue along the Magnificent Mile past the John Hancock Center, Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Grant Park, Soldier Field and the Field Museum of Natural History, before a stop at Adler Planetarium for awe-inspiring views of the Chicago skyline on the shores of Lake Michigan.

On arrival at Navy Pier, use your free time to grab lunch (own expense) before boarding the boat for a 1-hour Chicago River cruise. Learn from an architecture expert about notable landmarks while you drift past the IBM Building, Aon Center and Willis Tower — now viewed from the water. 

Finish your 5.5- to 6-hour VIP tour of Chicago back at Navy Pier, with plenty of time left in your day to explore on your own. 

Viator VIPs feature travel experiences not typically available to the general public — from behind- the-scenes access to private viewings and VIP service — at many of the world’s top attractions, often with no lines and no crowds. Viator VIP tours are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.

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Itinerary

Option A
  • 8am: Access to the Skydeck 
  • 9:15am: Board the trolley for a 2-hour city tour
  • 11:15am: Arrive at Navy Pier 
  • 1pm: Architecture cruise

Option B
  • 8:30am: Access to the Skydeck
  • 9:45am: Board the trolley for a 2-hour city tour
  • 11:45am: Arrive at Navy Pier
  • 1pm: Architecture cruise

Customer Reviews

Winona L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

fantastic! Every part of our tour was wonderful. Juan our guide at Willis Tower was fun and informative and we really felt like he took a personal interest in making sure we enjoyed our tour and were on time for the second part, the Trolley. Our driver Bill was very knowledgeable and responsive to questions. My favorite part of our tour was the River Cruise. WOW! Victor is amazing!!! Very easy to see his passion for architecture. He was smart, funny, and really knew his stuff! I would recommend Viator's tour to friends in a heartbeat! Thanks so much for helping to make our time in Chicago such a blast!

Carol B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour. We had only one full day to take in the sites of Chicago and this covered everything, and more!

Theodore P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I've visited Chicago many times over the last several years but this is the first time I've signed on for any of the tours. Let me tell you - it was worth the time and money. The combination of the tours was exactly what I had hoped it would be. And Viator is without a doubt the company to go with. The people involved were top notch. I got e-mail reminders as the date got closed about making sure I had printed out my vouchers and when and where I needed to be. I travel all over the country and this was one of the best experiences that I've ever had. If you're going to visit Chicago and are wondering what to do, look no further.

alan c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour all went to plan and getting in the wills tower early was well worth doing

teresa s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was awesome. We saw so much of the city in one day.

Dr. Nnamdi O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

TOUR was AWESOME...Willis Tower at 8am sharp, narrated Trolley tour of the city with knowledgeable and funny guide, CloudGate pics, Fountain pics, Navy Pier for lunch by 12:30, and Architecture boat tour until 2:30... Return back to Navy Pier for Ferris Wheel..I'd recommend this tour for anyone...you still have the rest of the day to do whatever you have energy for. My woman loved it...she was visiting from Mexico...buy as a package so you don't have to look for what to do and see and pay individually for everything..This VIP package was AMAZING

Katherine V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour is amazing and well worth the cost. I, my daughter, and five grandchildren first cousins did the tour. When asked their favorite event, they all said the Willis Tower. My daughter and I liked it all. Relaxing on the boat was a nice way to finish. Your guides are very knowledgable, especially the young man on the River tour. Even the children ages 9 to 12 were listening.

Brenda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I enjoy my Chicago trip very much everything was great.

Ruth W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Overall a really nice day for my group. Having the Willis Tower viewing area to ourselves was a highlight. Both the trolley tour and the architecture cruise were loaded with good information. The guide from Shoreline cruises was especially knowledgable and passionate. I would recommend to others.

gtroutman219

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A lot of fun to be had as well as being very informative

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