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Things to do in Chicago Take in the Willis Tower Views

Things to do in Chicago

The Willis Tower was originally built and still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower. This 108-story skyscraper is one of the most famous landmarks in Chicago, Illinois. It took 2,000 workers three years to build and has been open to the public since 1974. It’s the second tallest in North America and the Western Hemisphere and the eight tallest building in the world.

Skydeck Willis Tower

If you’re visiting Chicago I highly recommend checking out the views from this iconic skyscraper. The Skydeck is the highest observation deck in the United States and from the 103rd floor features expansive views of the city and lake front. Visibility from the Skydeck is approximately 40-50 miles. On a clear day you can see four states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Skydeck Willis Tower

Fun Fact

The average sway of the building is six inches from true center. But don’t worry the building is designed to sway up to 3 feet and you won’t feel it anyway.

Skydeck Willis Tower

Insider Tip

The Willis Tower Skydeck is a popular attraction, which receives about 25,000 people each day. The best times to visit are either early morning or evening. One way to beat the long lines and save money is to purchase a Chicago CityPASS. If you purchase the booklet ahead of time you can totally by pass super long lines and go straight to the elevator that swoops you up to the Skydeck.

The CityPASS also includes entrance to Chicago’s most popular attractions, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, The Art Institute, Museum of Science, Planetarium, etc. It comes out way cheaper than purchasing tickets for each individual attraction. Especially if you’re traveling as a family.

Skydeck Willis Tower

Chicago CityPASS  ~ See the Best and Save Money

 

Have you visited the Skydeck at the Willis Tower?

Where you brave enough to step out onto the platform?

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a Moment in Time

“How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?” Plato
Chicago, Illinois 1967

While going through old photos for yesterday’s Flashback Friday I found a photo of my grandparents living room in Chicago.  Seeing the year on the photo from 1967 made me think about how a photo is like a time capsule capturing a moment in time and preserving it.

I search the photo with ravenous eyes searching for a long forgotten secret.  Hopeful for a clue that might reveal who my grandparents where before I knew them.   I see Abuela’s sweet little knickknacks on top of the television; ceramic figurines, a card, a photo, water globe, some flowers, the lace doily . . .

They fit precisely with my memories of the woman I knew beautiful, dainty, delicate, sweet . . .

I’m sure these were gifts from family and friends and she wanted to display them in a place that would make the giver feel appreciated.

The large television reminds me of my grandfather. I have memories of him staying up late watching movies.  They always had more than one television in the house so no one would be inconvenienced from being able to watch. lol

I know the reel to reel belongs to my dad but I’ll have to ask him why in the world he had one.  I’m sure it must be related to his love of music.

What will your photos capture?  What will they say about you to future generations?

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” Oprah
Florida sunset 2011

We are living a moment in time.  This is our moment.  Everything we do or say is left behind for others to make sense of.

Florida city sunset 2011

All of my posts have quotes.  They are insights from the lived moments of past lives.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” Henry David Thoreau

“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” Walt Whitman

“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” Orson Welles

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

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