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Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois

233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, Illinois

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Submitted by: Brent W.

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...

Submitted by: Louis W.

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 ...

Submitted by: Jennifer R.

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...

Submitted by: Douglas D.

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...

Submitted by: GLO K.

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...

Submitted by: J K.

The last time I spent any serious time at the Chicago Museums was 30 years ago and the cost of admission has gone up a wee-bit since then. With a family of four I was looking at over $600 in admissions alone if I was going to do everything I planned on. Like I was going to let that happen! Back to Google and the discovery of CityPass ( http://www.citypass.com/ ). For $79 per adult (the 14 year old is, sadly, an adult here) and $59 for the child, I bought prepaid tickets to the Adler Planetarium, Shed Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, The Sears (Willis) Tower Sky Deck, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, a 15% off at Bloomingdales coupon and probably more. All told, just under $300. The sa...

Submitted by: Lauren A.

On a recent visit to Chicago for Lollapalooza, we decided that the Skydeck at the Willis tower was likely a must see. Upon arrival you take an elevator down stairs to a line to buy tickets. You will likely wait 45 minutes to buy your ticket and take the obligatory green screen photo. Then you are shuffled into another room where you are forced to watch a 10 minute video about the tower. After that you have about another 30 minute wait ahead of you before actually getting on an elevator. Finally at the top, you will wait about 10 minutes for each family to finish taking 35 different photos in silly poses on the skydeck before you can actually get on. However, with all that being said... The view is completely...

Submitted by: Amanda M.

So this is one of those places that I'm happy I went to, but I would never go again. You wait 25 minutes in line to get tickets that cost $17 a pop. Then you weave through some hallways and are forced to watch a movie about the Sears/Willis tower, that whole process takes about 25 minutes. Then you are shoved into an elevator that goes really fast and you will most definitely be touching a stranger. Then you get off and "ooh and ahh" at the view for maybe 5 minutes. Then if you want to "freak yourself out" you wait in line for another 20 minutes to stand on the glass ledge, which in all reality, isn't that scary or thrilling. All the while "darling" little children are running up to the glass and trying to k...

Submitted by: Tre S.

I don't know how you rename an American landmark, but the SEARS Tower experience was worth the price of admission (it's $17, but we bought the discounted CityPass there).  The ride up is fast, but smooth and then there are some exhibits at the top that are interesting for us old-timers, but less so for the kids.  The views are incredible and it's exciting just to be so high at all, but the real excitement is out on the 'ledges', which overhang the building. It was a trippy experience for me (as one who has studied structural failures), but my 8yo daughter loved it and kept going back out for one photo op after another...as I tried desperately to figure out the optimum flash setting to capture her smile as sh...

Submitted by: Clifford S.

great views of a great city We came in June and this was on our list of things we needed to do.  We got a City pass, so skipped most of the line.  A great idea if you are staying for a week, as the city pass lets you ...

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