While no longer the world's tallest building, the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) still stands proud. High-speed ... More
Willis Tower Skydeck
While no longer the world's tallest building, the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) still stands proud. High-speed elevators climb 110 stories to the observatory deck, and when clear, the view from 1454 feet (443 meters) can be stunning. Enjoy bird's eye views of Lake Michigan, the North and South Sides of the city, the surrounding suburbs and, on a clear day, parts of Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The Skydeck Tour also includes a multimedia presentation and an exhibit with information on the Sears Tower and other architecturally significant buildings.
I dont think it's worth the money at all. The line was long and the view took five minutes. So it was a total rip off, I wouldn't recognize anyone get in there because there isn't much to see. I wouldn't even do it again even if it's free nor would I recommend anyone.
Being on top of Willis Tower in a sunny day is a wonderful thing to do in Chicago. But...... make sure you get the whole experience for the price you paid for.
We couln't wait for the trip with the super fast elevator (especially myu 5yr old kid), so we waited in line (not a very long line) when we were rushed to a different elevator - the FREIGHT elevator!!! Of course we were very dissapointed and we requested our tickets to be refunded, but sounds like this is a routine thing they are doing. So if you want to experience the whole excitement of visiting Willis Tower (as they advertise it on their website), make sure you ask questions if someone asks you to move to a different line.
The skydeck is amazing! I highly recommend going up to the observation deck. I was skeptical since I heard the wait is terribly long. I was lucky to have no wait on a Sunday afternoon around 3PM. try going during football season ;) for no wait.
Being a teenage girl, I wasn't terribly excited about going here, but let me tell you: it's awesome! The elevator ride up is quite nerve-wracking since you are going so high up and I guarantee that your ears will pop as you travel upward, but it was definitely worth it! I loved being able to look down on the beautiful city to see the rushing tourists and yellow taxis as they rapidly moved across the sidewalks of the windy city. The beach and navy pier were also really neat to look at. It's a wonderful experience, but once you've been there a couple times I would move on to bigger and better things. (Make sure that it isn't cloudy or you won't be able to see much)
The walk out onto skydeck is such a awesome adventure that will get your senses on high alert. Even though you know its perfectly safe something inside is setting off alarms. The view of the city is awesome, my family loved our visit to the Skydeck so much that we went twice on our City Pass.
We went on July 9 and since we had the City Pass, we did not have to wait at all in those long lines. We went straight up. I highly recommend getting the City Pass so you dont have to wait. Once in the skydeck, we went into the glass deck and it was the most amazing thing! It felt like you were floating on air. The view was incredible! I have always loved the Sears Tower ( i hate that new name and will refuse to call it that till i die). I was born and raised in Chicago and lived closeby the Sears Tower and every day I was amazed at its awesomeness. I moved to Texas and had to take my kids to see what a wonder this building is. I love it!
i came here in chicago last july 1, and ever since i always hear from my aunts the famous sears tower which i find not too exciting at first. then one boring day, just last wednesday i finally got th chance to check it out. we waited for more than an hour in the line, and after watching the very informative short film we hopped in to the elevator which runs 24ft./second. it was unbelievable! and when we reached the top it's oh so amazing and awesome! what's more unforgettable about this is the spot where you're just stepping in a glass floor. i felt scared initially.but then i enjoyed it the most and i was sitting there for about 20mins. this place is breath-taking! i so want to come back here again! :)
We went there summer 2008 and had a really fun time there. It was weird to feel the tower sway and see all the wonderful sights. The building was amazing. There were fun things to do like learning and some fun little picture things. We had a great time there.
the lines were long, the wait was forever, but once your up there, nothing matters anymore. the elevator was super fast, i got up there in 1 minute or so. i definatley recommend it for the whole family!
You will be hearded like cattle and have to watch a 10 min video of the buildings history....thats fine, but can I skip all of the b.s.? No....A 45 minute wait to the top...thats what they said...oops!!!! Try a hour and a half!!! Try the Hancock first!!! Easy to get in and out especially if you go early. We liked it allot more..
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