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Willis Tower

Building and Monument / Landmark
The Loop, Chicago
  • Has a stamp of approval from Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and Travel + Leisure
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    "Our office is located in the Sears Tower!"(33 Tips)
    Paul A.
    "This is a must visit - great views of Chicago ... Love the Skydeck."(21 Tips)
    Rohit S.
    "It might give you a free audio tour at the sky deck"(9 Tips)
    Eva 🐾 B.
    "Awesome views on the 103rd floor any time of the day"(6 Tips)
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  • Jon S.
    Jon SuminskiJune 29, 2015
    Willis tower is a Chicago must see. Breathtaking architecture and the sky deck is an amazing view of the city. Take time to read facts on walls while in line for the sky deck. Watch movie too.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 14
    An architectural marvel, the tower formerly known as Sears, is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. A must visit when in Chicago.
  • Latasha B.
    Latasha BerryNovember 18, 2013
    Awesome spot, not just for tourists. Be prepared to spend 2 1/2 hours in line if you don't pre-buy your tickets. Thousands of people visit daily. The plexiglass ledge is a must do!
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 18, 2015
    Known for the glass floor and the beautiful view of Chicago. If you have the Go Chicago pass or city pass, you can cut your time in half during a busy day.
  • Vasek S.
    Vasek S.June 25, 2016
    Such a weird feeling to stand only on the glass at the 103rd floor. But the view is awesome, amazing, wonderful, magnificant and it comes to handy to wait on the line for about 1 hour and enjoy it
  • C B.
    C BaileyOctober 15, 2014
    Beautiful building but such a long wait on weekends. Definitely plan to go at a non-peak time if you don't want to wait 2-3 hours. We decided to walk around the city instead
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28, 2016
    Take the ear-popping ride to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower (né the Sears Tower) to get to Skydeck Chicago, where on a clear day you can see as far as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Read more
  • @jason_
    @jason_April 4, 2014
    The view from the 103rd floor is breath taking. It's well worth the price of admission. I went late (7:30pm) and saw the twilight skyline and the night view was spectacular.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneSeptember 26, 2011
    1,451 feet tall. If you're brave enough, the skydeck is amazing. You literally feel like you're floating on top of the world. For more stories mentioning the Willis Tower, go to
  • naveen
    naveenSeptember 18, 2011
    go towards the end of the evening on a weekday: we were there 830p on a thursday and there were no lines. as scary as it is, standing out in the glass ledge makes for a great photo, esp at night
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzJuly 24, 2013
    Will always be known as Sears Tower to me. Go up-top the tallest building in the US, to the 110th floor and Skydeck. Will you walk on the ledge? See several states from above.
  • Brett W.
    Brett W.October 10, 2013
    Formerly known as the Sears Tower, it remains the tallest completed skyscraper in the United States, at an architectural height of 1,451 feet (442 m). Designed by SOM, it was completed in 1974.
  • Adilene I.
    Adilene IbarraFebruary 15, 2013
    If you're going to do only one thing here, please let it be the glass balconies... unless you're terrified of heights. A great view of the city and an excellent photo-op.
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 9, 2012
    The observation deck has knee-high exhibits, like coloring sheets, a scavenger hunt to see who can spy the most landmarks, and 4 retractable glass-bottom balconies 4.3 feet off the building's edge Read more
  • Serena M.
    Serena MaldonadoNovember 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Go to the Sears Tower (real Chicagoans will ALWAYS call it that) and go up to The Ledge on the 103rd floor and get a fantastic photo taken by an awesome employee from Photogenic!
  • Keith C.
    Keith CourtneyFebruary 1, 2012
    Incredible any time of the year and for multiple return visits! Planning around the long lines can be tricky, however, The Ledge and views are worth it if you have the time!
  • Brad H.
    Brad HobackMarch 21, 2011
    Very cool to stand out on the ledge. We went at night & got some beautiful nightscape pics, but it was difficult to get pics of us on the ledge. Inside lights are dim & the flash bounces off the glass
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CarterApril 30, 2013
    pretty cool! if you go on a weekend, the professional photo line for the ledge is the fastest line (and they'll use your camera if you ask nicely). You don't have to buy the photos.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureMay 29, 2012
    A series of magnificently scary glass boxes, collectively known as the Ledge, is attached to the venerable Skydeck, where you’ll feel like you’re standing unsupported 103 stories above the ground. Read more
  • Rebecca R.
    If you might buy a souvenir photo, don't wear green or you might look like a floating head. The picture is taken in front of a green wall & then an image of the city is added wherever it has green.
  • Silvia B.
    Silvia Butta CaliceAugust 15, 2015
    Definitely get the fast pass! You do not have to stay in a line that long for so many hours!
  • Paul A.
    Paul AlfredApril 29, 2014
    This is a must visit - great views of Chicago ... Love the Skydeck.  You get to stand on glass and look down at the toy cars... It's a crazy feeling.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathDecember 22, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Enterance to the Skydeck is on Jackson. Go on a weekday to avoid crowds.
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • Jacky Y.
    Jacky YanNovember 2, 2015
    Simply cannot miss the night view here with the glass floor! But have to come a little bit earlier before the sunset as too many people here. Ling queue better get the pass to avoid the queuing time!
  • H B.
    H BFebruary 10, 2012
    The Skydeck is where Ferris, Cameron and Sloane pressed their foreheads against the glass to get a good look down the Ledge. A glass box that extends out 4.3 feet from the edge of thebuilding.
  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenDecember 16, 2014
    Tourists: be aware that for many days it is a Bad Idea to go to the skydeck because it will be too cloudy to see anything. Nice patio for eating lunch on the south east side of the building.
  • Dustin O.
    Dustin OlsenMay 16, 2013
    It's $18 to the top here at the famous Sear's Tower. Did you know the building was designed based on the concept of a pack of cigarettes? You'll hear all about it inside!
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoNovember 10, 2011
    "The Willis Tower used to be known as The Sears Tower. They changed the name after people kept showing up in the lobby trying to buy washing machine and ratchet sets." - Conan O'Brien
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher RollysonNovember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Willis beats the pants off Sears for the lobby art collection. Also caffeine stations & wifi on 3/4 corners although they close early. The art adds. Quiet enough & stately for informal meetings.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MarzanoNovember 2, 2012
    I worked in the Willis Tower when it was known as the Sears Tower. I worked for UniCare and sat on the 29th floor. I used to love how the elevators were always off balance or how the windows moved.
  • Serena M.
    Serena MaldonadoJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The ledge is NOT all that. So stay your ass at home or go to the lake during the summer. Your essentially paying almost $20 to look out of a bunch of windows.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The tallest building in the U.S. at 110 stories, the former Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world until 2008. – Green Guide Editor
  • Frankie
    FrankieMarch 28, 2013
    Unless you have a few hours to waste waiting on a line....spend the extra money and buy a quick pass and take the elvevator immediately to the top!
  • Denise C.
    Denise CambridgeAugust 10, 2013
    Will always be the Sears Tower to me too! The glass ledges are amazing! You have to go out on them and get your picture taken!
  • Corie H.
    Corie HamptonJuly 1, 2013
    Get there early to avoid lines and crowds for the SkyDeck. But definitely worth it!
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Those glass balconies are amazing. Don't be afraid - they're safe. Get down on the ground and have someone take a memorable photo of you.
  • Jared P.
    Jared ParmenterApril 22, 2013
    Don't think you HAVE to get your souvenirs at the top of the tower. There is a LOT more stuff in the two shops you pass through at the bottom.
  • Julie L.
    Julie LoSeptember 28, 2014
    The line may be long but it moves pretty quickly...there are 3 gift shops starting with the one on the sky deck floor
  • Birol U.
    Birol UluçAugust 9, 2016
    They should actually accept visitors per reservation. If you are planning to visit the other four Chicago sites, a city pass would be useful.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraDecember 19, 2015
    This is still the Sears Tower to many Chicagoans. Call it that to feel like a local and avoid awkward stares, until you add ketchup to your hot dog.
  • Lisa
    LisaAugust 7, 2012
    Totally worth the wait in line. Fantastic view! Free wifi in most places.
  • Mimi C.
    Mimi ChanelFebruary 21, 2013
    Dr. Schumacher DDS is really good and she have a great staff. Lower level
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SchwebelSeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Try Market Creations on the 2nd floor up the escalator, it's a reasonably priced buffet and they lots of good food, including some great sushi! Decent window view too.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MannFebruary 12, 2016
    Of course it's a must do. Interesting history about the construction. Do a handstand on the ledge.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DorseyAugust 3, 2016
    Must see attraction in Chicago. 103 floors above the city. Has the best view of Chi-Town.
  • Green is Universal
    Green is UniversalNovember 14, 2011
    Look up, see anything unusual about the windows on the south-facing side of the 56th floor? They're actually collecting solar energy!download our new app, Green Square–available for iPhone & Android!
  • Guillermo G.
    Guillermo GuajardoAugust 4, 2015
    Be sure to order your passes online and bypass the line to buy tickets! They are good for 1 year
  • Dan K.
    Dan KnightDecember 7, 2014
    Do the Platform experience! Go to last platform, cuz that's the one with staff photos. Shortest line, plus the pics are so much better than selfies.
  • Araceli A.
    Araceli ArroyoFebruary 3, 2012
    As a native Chicagoan this will always be Sears Tower. Check out observary deck and step onto outer glass for a cool view down
  • Gary W.
    Gary WilkinsonMarch 13, 2016
    Go on a day with zero visibility, there's no queues! (The view is a bit crap then though.)
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