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

Cook County, United States
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6 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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.
  • 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!
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 crowd. Please arrive at the Skydeck 15 minutes prior to your selected departure time in order to be allowed up with VIP groups. If you are not 15 minutes early, you will have to wait with the general public.
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, you'll take a 2-hour trolley tour of downtown Chicago with onboard narration about city history, architecture and landmarks. This is a private trolley tour for the VIP group only.  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 75 minute 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.


Option A

• 8am: Access to the Skydeck 
• 9:15am: Board the trolley for a 2-hour city tour
• 11:15am: Arrive at Navy Pier 
• 1:30pm: 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
• 1:30pm: Architecture cruise

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Mom's Account
, Jul 2018

This tour was not organized at all. We arrived for the Early Access to the Skydeck and all was fine. Someone had collected our voucher and if it had not been that someone in our group had an extra copyjust in case we would have had no idea what to do. After that everything went downhill. When we got back downstairs 9:00 AM - no organization to tell you anything - the Trolly had already left and we were 6 adults left to figure out what to do to get ourselves at least over to Navy Pier to do the Chicago River Cruise part of our package deal. We called the number on the form 1-773-648-5000 but there was nothing that they could do for us. We were on our own. We have traveled places and done many tours and have never been left behind NEVER.
If you are looking for an organized excursion this is not the one to take. The EARLY ACCESS to the Skydeck was a plus but after that we would have been better off on our own and possibly at a cheaper price..
VERY DISAPPOINTED and would not be recommending the tour to anyone if you want something organized.

, May 2018

A fantastic day out

, Sep 2017

My parents and I were forced to stand in the tour bus due to Viator overbooking this tour. During the duration of the tour, my mother fell to the bus floor and we ended up having to sit on the floor and therefore were unable to see the sights of Chicago. Viator's response was to rebook the tour. Unfortunately, as a traveler that is an unrealistic request since people travel to cities at specific dates. We can't just go to Chicago again to rebook a tour we should have experienced in the first place because we paid alot of money to Viator to do so. I am extremely disappointed with this tour booking company. I have many trips planned in the near future and I will not be using this service again nor will I recommend it to any friends or family.

Kathleen T
, Sep 2017

Early access to the Willis Tower is worth it!! When we exited, there were lines, lines, lines. It was so lovely to be able to walk around the 103rd floor freely without crowds and look out the windows without having to try to look over people. My only downside comment is that our guide, who was pleasant, did not offer any information at all but simply rode up the elevator with us.
The Trolley Tour was fantastic and that was really due to the excellent driver we had who was full of great information, details, stories and spunk. He had lots of history to share about the varied buildings and was very smooth and familiar with the streets.
The River Cruise was lovely. The narrator was superb. The river cruise gives one an excellent and different view of the iconic architecture that makes Chicago unique! This VIP tour is worth every cent! DO IT! :

, Sep 2017

Worth it. No llibes

Paul H
, Sep 2017

Fantastic tour. I enjoyed being alone on top.

Enilda A
, Sep 2017

Great tour for your money!

Cathy H
, Sep 2017

Early access to the Skydeck was the highlight of this tour! Having the time to work up the nerve to stand out on the glass deck without people waiting in line behind you made all the difference. This should not be missed. The bus tour was good. Would have preferred to see Wrigley Field instead of the Fire House, although good info about the great Chicago fire. The tour ended almost 15 minutes earlier than the stated 2 hours. This gave us a longer wait at the Navy Pier between tours than needed. We ended up going on the Ferris Wheel on the Pier, so that made the time worth while. The architectural tour was fantastic, and also a must do! Overall I would recommend this tour.

, Sep 2017

Really a very good way to get the best from your time in Chicago.

Peter G
, Sep 2017

Early bird VIP Viator Willis Tower tour gets you in before the crowds, but be warned that the selfie cameras in the glass windows are not operating at that time (8 a.m.) Trolley tour was informative, but the highlight by far was the architectural river tour by Pat, our outstanding guide!

Product code: 6616VIPSKTRCR

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