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

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

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Overview

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!
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Audio tour of Skydeck
Trolley tour of the city
Chicago architecture cruise with drink (drink included May - September dates only)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

Meet inside the Franklin Street lobby (the side entrance of Willis Tower).

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.

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 
• 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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Assistance on and off the vehicles is offered to wheelchair passengers. Wheelchairs which fold up can be stored on board. Some trolley tour vehicles have an elevator platform/lift
  • You will have an hour in Navy Pier to pick-up lunch before boarding your Chicago cruise
  • This tour does not return to Skydeck Chicago; it will end at Navy Pier
  • OPERATED BY Viator VIP: Willis Tower Skydeck Early Access, Trolley City Tour and Chicago River Cruise
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.


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Traveler Tips


  • "This is a great tour, going to the observation deck early, the trolley tour and the cruise are wonderful experiences, but have no illusions, YOU ARE YOUR OWN TOUR GUIDE!" See review
  • "Recommend a separate 1 - 2 hour visit to see it well." See review

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A must do!!!
Bethalyn_V
, Sep 2019
It was a great way to see the city. Loved all three things. The guides know and love what they are doing
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star-3
Lack of service
Tom_B
, Sep 2019
No representatives to let us know how/when to get to Skydeck. We finally figured it out with another couple. No one to tell us where trolley was located. Luckily, we found it in time. All parts of the tour were great with informative guides. I excepted much better service but we were just left on our own to figure things out.
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star-4
Improve assistance!
Stefano_A
, Aug 2019
The attractions and places are amazing. But we were not at all directed when finishing one visit to begin the next one and had to find our way by ourselves. And, the hostess of the trolley tour gave us tickets for the river cruise of a wrong operator!
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Worth it!
Adriane_C
, Aug 2019
Getting into sky deck before the crowd itself was definitely worth getting this combo. The cruise was also something I would recommend. Unfortunately we didnt get to do the trolley tour around the city due to confusing directions. We were told it was going to be a big red double decker bus instead of a trolley that day but of course there were multiple buses infront of willis tower and we got on the wrong one. I was a little upset at first but after looking over the route, we decided to walk around millenium park instead since we've already seen everything else. Also for those of you interested in this package, there is no hoping on and off the trolley. We called to see if we could get on at a different location and they said No!
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Janice B
, Aug 2019
the only way to visit Willis Tower! the trolley tour and river cruise were very informative, with both guides giving the information in a fun...funny way that made you happy to listen too.
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star-5
A Great Chicago Overview Tour
kwfamily16
, Jul 2019
A great way to get the most out of a day in Chicago! Early access to the tower was worth it considering the long lines we saw before 8:00. The views are stunning! The trolley was a good overview of the city and time at the pier was enough to get a taste of that particular tourist spot. The Architecture tour was fantastic! Our guide Kevin was the most passionate guide we have ever encountered- and we have done dozens of tours. Not only did he make the history of architecture in Chicago relatable and interesting to everyone, he entertained us with a harmonica performance.
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Viator---Rock and Roll Marathon disaster
Lesley_K
, Jul 2019
The VIP tour was booked without revealing the marathon event was occurring on the same day. The workers were late arriving to the Skydeck because of the marathon which was not disclosed on Viator when I booked the ticket. The workers were not ready to take Skydeck picture until well after 9 am, we had to leave to get to trolley pick up which was re-routed without notifying us. The pass said we would have entrance on the Skydeck at 8:30. We missed a majority of the trolley tour once we reached out to Viator and they told us where the pick up would be because of the marathon. The folks at the Skyline River Cruise said if I had the voucher on my phone I did not need a ticket. Wrong. We had to go back to the ticket booth were we stood for 30 minute before in the rain to get the ticket to board. Over NOT worth the money. It was not VIP nothing or no one was ready. This was my first and last Viator experience. Buyer beware! The Go Chicago pass is worth the investment. Hope this review keeps folks from wasting their money.
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Chicago
Fenny_G
, Jul 2019
The tour was Very nice. The timing was all perfect. The weather was perfect too. Very nice tour!!!!!
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star-5
Great tour
Fred_S
, Jun 2019
The early access at the Willis Tower Skydeck was fantastic. We had the whole floor for ourselves (with 4 more people) for more than half an hour. After that we had a real VIP trolleytour. We were the only 2 in the bus. So we skipped some of the places we’ve already been to and add some other places. The Chicago River cruise was laidback and informative. We had a fun day and saw a lot of Chicago in one day; by air, road and water.
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That view though...
Emily_W
, Jun 2019
So, perhaps it was a little disorganized. They weren't expecting us on arrival, didn't really guide us as much as show us to the top Skydeck, and then left us there. But WOW!! We had the whole viewing area to ourselves! We had an entire hour to wander and take pictures. Absolutely worth it! But then they never told us what to do from there! One of the ladies on the tour seemed to be the kind on top of this type of stuff. She said she called someone and they told her to be outside at a certain corner at a certain time to catch the trolley. When we met there, most of our group was there. Never saw the others again. The trolley tour was outstanding. Our driver, Mark, was an engineering student, and knew all of the architecture details, and was a very good storyteller. He made several stops for us to get off and explore and take pics, before delivering us to the pier and giving us instructions on the boat ride. It rained all over the boat ride, so we huddled in our ponchos and enjoyed the free drink. It would have been really great if the weather had cooperated... Overall, the tour was well worth it! We learned alot about Chicago, and the Skydeck before hours was just incredible!! Highly recommended!
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