Willis Tower Skydeck
Willis Tower Skydeck
Willis Tower Skydeck

Willis Tower Skydeck

Located at
233 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60606
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Willis Tower & Skydeck

Chicago is at your feet from 103 stories high at the iconic Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Hop on the elevator and be whisked 1,353 feet high to the sun-soaked Skydeck where you'll take in breathtaking 360-degree views, snap photos for the family album, and experience interactive exhibits and films depicting the city's fascinating architectural history. For daredevils, step out on The Ledge, or enclosed glass balconies that extend four feet out of the building.

Details:

Hours: April to September, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; October to March, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Prices: $18 adults, $12 kids ages 3 to 11
Views: Four states and 50 miles, 360-degree views

Activities:

  • Enjoy breathtaking views 50 miles out
  • Dare to challenge The Ledge
  • Catch "Reaching for the Sky" at the Skydeck Theater
  • Enjoy interactive activities and exhibits
  • Challenge the Chicago trivia game

Willis Tower, The Tallest Building

Standing 108 stories high, the Willis Tower is the tallest building in the U.S. and the seventh-tallest freestanding structure in the world after Burj Khalifa, the Tokyo Skytree and the CN Tower. The tower has also earned the title of tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Willis Tower In Pop Culture

The Western Hemisphere's tallest building has served as the backdrop for dozens of film and TV show scenes, including Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Other pop culture references include Monk, Conan O'Brian, I, Robot, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

FAQs

Q1: When is the best time to visit the tower?

A1: Looking for a stellar view? One hour before sunset offers clearer views of the skyline and up to 50 miles out. To avoid the crowds and minimize line wait times, it's better to arrive before the Willis Tower Skydeck opens, or after 5 p.m.

Q2: What are some useful photo tips?

A2: You're most likely going to be taking lots of photos from the Skydeck, so remember when shooting towards the windows it's best to use the backlight function, turn off the flash and use a polarized filter. Remember, no tripods are allowed on the Skydeck.

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