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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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  • Carly Anderson

    A friend of mine was just in Chicago a few days ago! I wonder if she got to go to the Willis Tower. You certainly get beautiful views!

    • I agree with the beautiful views. It makes me want to fly to Chicago right now.

  • Chicago is a fave city of mine, although I’m not sure I’ll ever remember to call it the Willis Tower rather than the Sears Tower.

  • I have never been to Chicago, but my sister tells me it is so nice. I should plan my next vacation, Chicago it is going to be.

  • TweenselMom

    Nice tower! Would love to take my family there someday.

  • mail4rosey

    I have visited the tower. I love the signs that tell you how much higher you are than a famous landmark in the elevator, on the way up. 🙂

  • I’ve been to Chicago before, but haven’t really explored all that the city has to offer. We mostly checked out Magnificent Mile – that was fun. Looks like Willis Tower is the place to be to catch the best views. I wonder if my stomach and nerves would be able to take it.

  • Yes, I have visited and stood on the deck. It’s a great time.

  • I have never been to Chicago but always wanted to go to shop! Maybe we will head there for vacation next summer. I sure don’t want t visit in the winter lol