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  • Address: 233 S. Wacker Drive, The Loop, Chicago 60606, USA
  • 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 miles (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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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 $22.00
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Willis Tower Skydeck Dinner

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Enjoy a VIP dinner at Chicago’s Skydeck where you get breathtaking views of the city. Located in the Willis Tower, the Skydeck perches 1,353 feet (412 ...  Read more

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

From USD $117.65
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Willis Tower Skydeck Lunch

Enjoy world famous Chicago style pizza at Willis Tower VIP Style, 99 floors up! Read more

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

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

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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
Chicago CityPass, Chicago, Dining Experiences
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Chicago CityPass

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Chicago CityPASS is the best deal in the Windy City, giving you discounted admission to five of the city's premier attractions. The Chicago CityPASS ensures ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: Flexible

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise, Chicago, Sightseeing & City Passes
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a 75-minute cruise on the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $33.60
Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Chicago, Day Cruises
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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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The lakeside metropolis of Chicago is famous for its striking skyscrapers, world-class museums and colorful political history. Explore the Windy City at your ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago City Sights Helicopter Tour

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Experience all of Chicago’s best sights from the air on this exciting helicopter tour! Aboard a state-of-the-art helicopter, you'll enjoy a magnificent view of ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 15 minutes (approx.)

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Chicago by Night Helicopter Tour, Chicago, Helicopter Tours
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Chicago by Night Helicopter Tour

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Watch the Chicago skyline sparkle from the air on this thrilling nighttime helicopter tour! Aboard a heated, state-of-the-art helicopter, soak in amazing views ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 15 minutes (approx.)

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