- The Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) is the second tallest building in the US. Rocket to the 103rd floor and get spectacular 360-degree views of Chicago (on a clear day you can see four states!)
- See Reaching for the Sky, a movie about the history of this famous tower, and learn about Chicago's colorful past via museum quality exhibits suitable for all ages
- Really feel 'above it all' with access to The Ledge - a glass-floored balcony offering you a thrilling view: more than 400 meters straight down!
See the Windy City from the very best vantage point: 103 floors above the ground! This Windy City icon has recently been redone from the ground up, and not only does it offer some of the best views of the city and its landmarks, it also features museum-quality exhibits and interactive technology that celebrate Chicago's history. Get up (nearly) to the top of the second-tallest building in the US and look 400 meters straight down to the ground from The Ledge.
For more than 25 years the Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world. It now sits at 14th (and is known as the Willis Tower) but it still holds pride of place in the Chicago skyline.
Built in 1973, this towering skyscraper is known to a generation of movie lovers from a scene in the beloved 80s comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off. If you've never seen it, go watch it now. We'll wait.
Alright, now that you've done your research, it's time to get your tickets for this Second City landmark. Here's what you need to know: it has, bar none, the best views of the city; it's recently been completely redone; and it features plenty of fascinating historical trivia and interactive exhibits.
The all-ages appropriate exhibits are chock-full of info about Chicago's history, from Mrs O'Leary's cow to the (now-broken!) Curse of the Billy Goat (what is it with Chicago and animal-themed misfortune?). There's even a 9-minute movie - Reaching for the Sky - that tells the tale of Chicago’s architectural dreams and realities. Once you get to grips with the city, get a bird's-eye view of it!
After taking the rocket-speed elevator to floor 103 of this 108-story skyscraper you'll have stunning views over the city: Wrigley Field, O'Hare Airport, Lincoln Park Zoo, Soldier Field, and more. And it's not just Chicago - on a clear day you can see four different states (Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and of course Illinois).
Over a million people visit this much-loved attraction each year. Join them and get the opportunity to soak up history and panoramas of the place that Frank Sinatra called "My kind of town". Make it your kind of town too!
Willis Tower Skydeck, 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
- Access to the museum-quality exhibits and theater presentation
- Elevator ride to the Skydeck
- Access to The Ledge
- Fast Pass admission
How to use your tickets
Show your ticket on your smartphone at the Skydeck Chicago ticket office on the lower level with the lead customer’s photo ID.
The person who books the tickets must show their photo ID at the entrance, so make sure that they're also attending.
I went with 4 kids ages 14 (twins), 12 and 8. Bring your patience becUse the wait is long. First you wait outside to get in the door. That wait is about 10 min. Once inside you shuffle through another line, about 30 min until ypu enter an elevator taking you to the lower level. My advice is to use this time to purchace ypur tickets online and get e-ticket sent to your device. Once there you wait appx 1 hr to get to security (like an airport) which is very thorough. At this point you go into another line which splits into 3 places: 1-Fast Pass Holders; 2-Folks with reg tickets; 3-To Purchase Tickets. It is at this point you will be glad you bout tickets inline becUse you are ushered to the fast pass line, leaving the masses behind and saving at least half an hour waiting to buy tickets there. The wait is worth the view! l I highly recommend this tour because life moves pretty fast! If you don't stop and look around, you could miss it :-)