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Willis (Sears) Tower
Once the world’s tallest building when it opened in 1973 as Sears Tower, Willis Tower is still way up in the clouds. The 1,454-foot (443-meter) skyscraper reigns as the tallest building in the Midwest and the second-tallest building in all of North America with its spires just 325 feet (99 meters) shorter than Manhattan’s One World Trade Center. Though it functions as an office tower, the skyscraper’s 103rd-floor Skydeck Chicago draws 1.7 million annual visitors for a trip out onto The Ledge, an enclosed glass balcony extending four feet (1.2 meters) outside the 103rd floor, and for panoramic views that, on clear days, extend as far as Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

The Basics
Willis Tower can be seen from around the Windy City and is a highlight on most sightseeing tours and Chicago River cruises. Those looking to head to the top should book admission tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long ticket lines. The journey to Skydeck Chicago starts with interactive exhibits and the “Reaching for the Sky” film presentation, which covers the tower’s history and plays during the 70-second elevator ride up to the 103rd floor. At the Skydeck, you can admire the city from above and take a turn on the glass-bottomed Ledge, set 1,353 feet (412 meters) above the streets. For a unique Chicago dining experience, book lunch or dinner at Willis Tower, where you can eat Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza on either the 99th floor or at the Skydeck. Early risers can opt for an early-access breakfast experience at the Skydeck, 90 minutes before it opens to the public.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Allow at least an hour for a trip to the top.
  • It’s best to book tickets in advance to avoid waiting in admission lines.
  • The building offers free public WiFi.
  • Gift shops and a café—serving popular Chicago fare from Connie’s Pizza and Vienna Hot Dogs—are located at the Skydeck.

How to Get There
Willis Tower is located on the west side of the Loop, not far from the Chicago River and several popular Chicago attractions such as the Art Institute and Millennium Park. It’s serviced by several bus lines and is near the blue, brown, orange, pink, purple, and red lines on the L train. The Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station are both under a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) west of Willis Tower. The entrance to the Skydeck experience is off of Jackson Boulevard.

When to Get There
Willis Tower is open 365 days a year, with the Skydeck and The Ledge open October through February from 10am to 8pm and March through September from 9am to 10pm. Last entry to the Skydeck is 30 minutes prior to closing. Views are equally good on sunny days year-round, but Chicago winters are notoriously snowy. To beat the crowds, it’s best to visit just after the building opens. Sunset is a popular time to visit, while the midday sun can create shadows and glares on the viewing windows and Ledge platform.
Address: 233 S. Wacker Drive, The Loop, Chicago 60606, USA
Hours: Open daily. Mar-Sept: 9am-10pm, Oct-Feb: 10am-8pm. Last entry 30 minutes prior to close.
Admission: Adults: US$23, Children (3-11yrs): US$15
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Skydeck Chicago Admission

Visit the Skydeck, located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) with this pre-paid admission ticket. From the highest point in the city, look out on Chicago's skyline for panoramic views of the sprawling Windy City. Peruse the interactive displays and exhibits showcasing Chicago's history, which are geared toward curious learners of all ages. Then walk out on to the Ledge, a glass balcony that allows views of Navy Pier and Wrigley Field from one of the world's tallest buildings, standing 1,353 feet (412.4 meters) tall.
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Viator VIP Tours

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.
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  • 6 hours
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Helicopter Tours

Chicago Helicopter Tour Nighttime Experience

Soar above the city lights of Chicago on a 15-minute nighttime helicopter ride with live narration by experienced pilots. Enjoy birds-eye views of downtown landmarks, then bank past Navy Pier to Lincoln Park and Uptown. Hear about the history of the city as you take in unforgettable views of downtown’s bristling skyscrapers, and see Willis Tower, Millennium Park and Soldier Field. This unique experience offers a once in a lifetime view of the Second City at its most stunning.
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Sightseeing Passes

Go Chicago Explorer Pass with SkyDeck and 360 Chicago

The easiest and most affordable way to explore some of Chicago's top attractions at your own pace, the Go Chicago Explorer Pass saves you up to 42 percent on regular ticket prices. Create your own sightseeing itinerary by choosing 3, 4, or 5 attractions, tours, and activities from among more than 25 top sites, including SkyDeck, 360 Chicago, the Field Museum, a shoreline sightseeing cruise, a hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center.
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Dining Experiences

Willis Tower Skydeck Dinner

Enjoy an unforgettable sky-high meal during this 2-hour Willis Tower dining experience at the Skydeck, an observation room situated high above Chicago's magnificent urban landscape. This 1,353-foot (412m) viewing area provides the magical setting for your evening, accompanied by a delicious Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza. Best of all, this special excursion offers VIP after-hours access to the Skydeck, ensuring the ultimate setting for that special occasion.
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  • 2 hours
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Sightseeing Passes

Go Chicago Card with Skip the Line Access

Enjoy admission to more than 26 of Chicago's most popular attractions with the Go Chicago™ Card. Create your own itinerary and sightsee at your own pace.  Save your card, available as your 'ticket' after purchase, on your mobile device; don't waste time redeeming vouchers. This card offers something for all members of the family, from thrilling rides at Navy Pier to undersea learning at the Shedd Aquarium. Take a hop-on hop-off trolley tour or admire the stunning views from SkyDeck Chicago. The Go Chicago™ Card is available in 1-, 2-, 3- or 5-day options.
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Dining Experiences

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

Start your morning right with a visit to the Willis Tower Skydeck, offering stunning views of Chicago and a delicious breakfast served from 103-stories high. Head to the Skydeck of the Willis Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, for breakfast served 1,353 feet (412m) above the Windy City. Pick from among five breakfast options, such as eggs, pastries, and steak. Enjoy eye-opening views before the Skydeck opens to other guests. Finish your morning by checking out the on-site displays of Chicago's culture and history.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Dining Experiences

Willis Tower Skydeck Lunch

Enjoy lunch above the clouds at the Willis Tower, where authentic Chicago-style pizza is paired with unforgettable views of the Chicago skyline. Customize your own perfect pizza from a list of gourmet ingredients, then select a salad and a traditional Italian dessert. Capture unforgettable images from the dining room on the 99th floor, then continue to The Ledge, a glass floored balcony perched near the top of America’s tallest building.
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Day Cruises

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like the Aon Center, the Wrigley Building and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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Day Cruises

Chicago River Architecture Tour

Discover the architectural gems of the Windy City from an ideal vantage point on a 75-minute cruise down the Chicago River. Offered several times throughout the day, it’s easy to fit the leisurely excursion into your itinerary. Covering more than 130 years of architectural history, the tour is the perfect opportunity to see a huge area of the city without the hassle of taxis and public transit.
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With 14 strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while live commentary on board gives you insight into the city's colorful history. Don't forget to snap a selfie in front of the shiny steel bean in Millennium Park!
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Day Cruises

Chicago Architectural River Cruise

See the towers, piers and iconic landmarks along the Chicago River on an architectural tour through the heart of the city. Enjoy complimentary refreshments on deck as you cruise down the historic waterway, while listening to fun stories and facts throughout the tour. Spot gargoyles that keep watch high above the city, and buildings that range from Neoclassical to Art Deco. Take in over fifty sites from Lake Point Tower to the Navy Pier, and see the Second City from the water.
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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

See the the Second City from the water with a 1.5-hour cruise on the Chicago River and the Lake Michigan shoreline. Take in towering skyscrapers and spot the gargoyles that live on to of the city’s historic buildings. Hear stories about the city’s history and culture as you pass Chicago landmarks, museums and iconic buildings. Capture unforgettable images of the city skyline from Lake Michigan, and get a unique look at Chicago that’s perfect for all ages.
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Chicago City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

On a Chicago hop-on hop-off tour, you can enjoy easy transportation around the city to see the sights that interest you most at your own pace. Select the pass you want when booking, and create your own itinerary in Chicago to check out attractions such as the Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier and Millennium Park. Hop off and on the double-decker bus whenever you wish, and listen to narration about the city on board.
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Dinner Cruises

Chicago Odyssey Dinner Cruise

Take a gourmet dinner cruise on a high-end luxury yacht with the stunning skyline of Chicago serving as your backdrop. Climb aboard your recently renovated vessel, featuring a sumptuously-appointed rooftop lounge and stylish interior design, for your cruise along Lake Michigan. Then sit down for a 3-course dinner, informed by some of the world’s top celebrity chefs and composed of fresh ingredients cooked right on-board. After dinner, enjoy coffee and tea, captivating views of Chicago landmarks like the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and Navy Pier, plus musical entertainment provided by the onboard DJ.
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Day Cruises

Chicago by Night (90 minute River and Lakefront Cruise)

Discover the beauty of Chicago at night during a 1.5-hour cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Watch the city sparkle as you pass landmarks such as Museum Campus, Willis Tower, Aon Center and the John Hancock Building, and the illuminated waters of Buckingham Fountain. You'll learn about the history of the city from live commentary by your knowledgeable guide as you glide along the waterfront of Chicago.
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Sightseeing Passes

Chicago CityPASS

Get the most out of your trip to Chicago as you enjoy discount access to five of the city’s top attractions with the CityPASS. This easy-to-carry booklet grants you free entry into top-tier sights including the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Skydeck Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry and 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Plus enjoy a wealth of useful Chicago tips and savings at a variety of other venues and retailers.
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Day Cruises

Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

Step aboard a boat for a comprehensive cruise that details the history of Chicago's architecture. Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline accompanied by architecture-focused commentary that points out each of the landmark buildings. As you cruise through Lake Michigan, snap photos of you and your party against the stretch of Chicago's 26-mile shoreline.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Helicopter Tours

Chicago Helicopter Tour

On a daytime helicopter tour over Chicago, enjoy views of the city's famed architecture and other sights from the air. You'll fly over Willis Tower (the old Sears Tower), Wrigley Field, Lincoln Park, and more while a pilot provides commentary about the city as you go.
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Day Cruises

Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

Take in superlative-worthy views of the beautiful Chicago lakefront and its many landmarks during this 40-minute Lake Michigan sightseeing boat cruise. Climb aboard your vessel for a laid-back ride, enjoying panoramic views of the Windy City's iconic skyline from a unique perspective. Along the way you'll listen to informative commentary and take in views of the John Hancock Center and Willis Tower, along with many other landmarks. Plus feel free to bring your own lunch, along or grab a drink at the on-board bar, during your ride.
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  • 40 minutes
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  • 40 minutes
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Viator VIP Tours

Viator VIP: Architectural River Cruise and Chicago Helicopter Tour

Experience Chicago from the air and the water on this two-part tour that features a river cruise and a helicopter ride above the city. First, take a cruise down the Chicago River to learn about the architectural history of the town. Then, board a state-of-the-art helicopter and fly above the skyline. Both tours are fully narrated and you will see Navy Pier, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, the John Hancock Center, Willis Tower, and more.
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  • 15 to 90 minutes
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Helicopter Tours

Private Chicago City Sights Helicopter Tour

You and a guest will soar above Chicago’s skyscapers, shoreline and iconic sights on a private, 15-minute helicopter tour of the city. Communicate with your personal pilot through a two-way headset, and personalize your flight to your interests. Capture extraordinary aerial images of the city scape as you fly past Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan, then spot Willis Tower, the John Hancock Building and the gleaming Trump Tower. Bank high above Millennium Park and enjoy views of the Windy City from the comfort of a climate-controlled private helicopter. Tour route is subject to change.
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Helicopter Tours

Chicago by Night Helicopter Tour

Fly over the sparkling Chicago skyline at night on this helicopter tour. During this 15-minute tour, listen to engaging commentary from your expert pilot as you fly over sights like the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and the Shedd Aquarium. Comfortable in a state-of-the-art, heated helicopter, enjoy panoramic views of the Lake Michigan shoreline and the city sprawling out below you. Tour route is subject to change.
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  • 15 minutes
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

Discover Chicago's world-renowned architecture during this 75-minute tour. Board a comfortable river boat for a cruise on the Chicago River, viewing landmarks like the Willis Tower and the Tribune Tower while listening to engaging commentary from your guide. Then board a speedboat for an exciting ride up the shore of Lake Michigan for views of Grant Park, the Chicago Harbor and the Museum Campus.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Chicago Architecture Tour

Ever since Chicago became the birthplace of the modern skyscraper, the city has been renowned for its architectural creativity and ingenuity. Led by an expert guide, explore some of the city’s most iconic buildings such as Sears Tower, The John Hancock Building, historic brownstones, and the homes of Oak Park designed by beloved architect Frank Lloyd Wright. You will be able to explore the insides of some locations on this completely customizable tour.
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  • 3 hours
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