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“Great Views of Chicago”

Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
Ranked #5 of 638 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago! Treat yourself to a "one stop Chicago" experience on your journey to the 103rd floor. Enjoy 360-degree views spanning up to 50 miles and 4 states and our most spectacular view - 1,353 feet straight down! "Dare to Stand Out" on The Ledge - glass balconies extending 4.3 Feet outside the building provide a thrilling, once in a lifetime experience!
Reviewed 6 April 2018

I visited the Willis Tower just after opening at 9am, and there was already a sizeable queue. There is a dedicated line for City and Fast Pass visitors. The regular admission line had waiting times of 30 minutes, but it didn't take that long. As security is in place, jackets need to be removed and any small items need to be placed in a bag or your jacket. Once at the top of the Tower, the views are incredible. There are extended viewing booths where you can have your picture taken or take your own pictures, but I didn't bother as the queues were too long.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The first time I visited the Skydeck was in 2012. I was impressed with the experience, learning about the tower's history and how fast the elevators were. Once at the top, it was a little disorienting being up so high, but being able to see so far out was incredible. Highly recommend checking it out and taking in the view.

Thank Benjamin W
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I have done this two times in the past 35 years and I don’t need to return. The plexiglass boxes are an attractive nuisance that gums up the movement on the observation deck.

While you should experience— two times is one too many.

Thank Brian C
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Skydeck provides an excellent view of Chicago in all four directions. On a clear day, you can see 50 miles out to Wisconsin, Indiana, and good ole' Joliet. We were most pleased with the service. We had a stroller and were escorted through an accessible entrance and service elevator to join the ticket line. You should not worry about taking a baby up to the top!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Go at night the view is so much better with all the lights and cars. Looks great and not to long of a wait. First time we did the morning/afternoon. At night it was so much more interactive.

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