Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois
233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60606| Map |
The Willis Tower (formerly named, and still commonly referred to as, the Sears Tower) is a 108-story skyscraper. The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world. The Sears Tower observation deck, called the Skydeck, is 1,353 feet (412 m) above ground and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Chicago. Tourists can experience how the building sways on a windy day and see far over the plains of Illinois and across Lake Michigan to Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin on a clear day. Elevators take tourists to the top in about 60 seconds.
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My son and I came here on what might have been one of Chicago's last good days in a spectacular stretch of Fall weather; crystal clear blue skies, mid 70's, it was a perfect day to check out the Sears Tower, a thing I'd promised him we'd do before the cold set in. So we jumped on the Blue Line and headed for the LaSalle loop stop and trekked the few blocks over. No line whatsoever, as it was 4ish oclock on a Th afternoon...another perk about being a resident of chicago, you can avoid the masses by just going off peak, non-weekend. We sat and watched the intro clip before taking the elevator to the top....he was all like, MOVIE! We're gonna see a MOVIE.lol He enjoyed it more than I thought he would, bless...
Tourist trap! Here's the short version: Not worth the time and price paid for admission. As a first time visitor to Chicago, I made Willis Tower (AKA Sears Tower) a must visit. I'm glad to have experienced it because now I can tell friends and family that it wasn't great at all. Wait time in total was about an hour and a half to two hours. This was from the time we entered the building till we got to the observation deck at the top. Must have been an extra busy day. The wait was long, tedious and boring. Along the way you'll see some interesting models, exhibits and history of the Willis Tower. They will also show you a small documentary in a mini theater. I was super excited and psyched for the Skydeck but ...
This is a classic piece of Chicago! What better way to get a quick rundown on the city of Chicago than from 103 floors up? Yes, it costs $17, but it's an experience that you're paying for. Standing on the sky deck and taking those great photos are going to be well worth the price. I suggest going not too early (you want good visibility and want that morning fog to clear), and during the week. It's open all through the evening too, but I personally would prefer to see the city by day. If you want to see the city by night a good alternative is to do the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. Watching the movie before taking the elevator up is nice as well, as it gives a good history of the tower and gives impressive fac...
While visiting the great city of Chicago with family and friends playing a tourist we decided to check out the popular tourist attractions. SEARS Tower was on our list. Purchased our tickets and made our way to the Sky Deck. Great family fun and what a view. Living close to...
I've been here twice. I remember the first time I enjoyed my time but I remember the horrifying wait to get to the top. The second time my family was visiting and they really wanted to go to the top to see what was all this hype about. I debated whether to take them here or not because I knew it was going to be crowded, but I went anyways. Now, that was a probably the worst decision of my labor day weekend! BAD IDEA! I think the best time to go is when it's not the holiday weekend. The wait was much more miserable than I imagined. Usually the wait is at least an hour, but freaking 2 hours?!? We went inside around 5:30pm and by the time we made it to the top, we were so thrown off by the night sky (it was 8pm...