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    "Our office is located in the Sears Tower!"(33 Tips)
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    "This is a must visit - great views of Chicago ... Love the Skydeck."(21 Tips)
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    "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 http://trib.in/ogoEOZ
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Upvoted Apr 5
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mimi C.
    Mimi ChanelFebruary 21, 2013
    Dr. Schumacher DDS is really good and she have a great staff. Lower level
  • 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!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MannFebruary 12, 2016
    Of course it's a must do. Interesting history about the construction. Do a handstand on the ledge.
  • 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
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathDecember 22, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Enterance to the Skydeck is on Jackson. Go on a weekday to avoid crowds.
  • 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.)
  • Jay J.
    Jay JayJuly 8, 2014
    A definite must see if you visit Chicago. A one of a kind experience! Will be back.
  • Austin W.
    Austin WestermannJune 17, 2012
    Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is a 108-story 1,451 feet skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States!
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittOctober 17, 2014
    The view is great, obvi, but it's the Ledge that makes the experience worth the price of admission.
  • Vinicius D.
    Vinicius DuraesDecember 1, 2012
    The glass ledge is UNBELIEVABLE! One of the coolest places in Chicago for sure.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BakerSeptember 6, 2011
    Save money & go to John Hancock building for a cocktail at the Signature Room. It's 96 floors up for the price of a $8-12 cocktail. Best view in Chicago.
  • Anne V.
    Anne VargoOctober 1, 2010
    Got a free dozen bagels from New York Bagel Deli just for checking in here! It is kitty corner to the SEARS Tower. Look for the yloow NYBD sign.
  • Honor America R.
    Honor America RadioJanuary 13, 2014
    So Happy I finally was able to visit the TALLEST BUILDING on the Planet. Haven't been UP the Tower yet, But plan to in 2014.
  • Cellucor
    CellucorApril 21, 2013
    Do you have the courage to go out on the ledge? Stand on the ledge and look straight down nearly 100 floors! Give it a try! Read more
  • Cyndi M.
    Cyndi MajorNovember 15, 2013
    Make sure you have time to wait. Usually an hour or more
  • Leila S.
    Leila SamiiOctober 29, 2014
    Exceptional views if you can fight the crowd to actually see them.
  • Katy J.
    Katy JonesFebruary 25, 2012
    Buy a fastpass if you come on a Saturday or the wait will be over 2 hours.
  • Colby R.
    Colby RabideauNovember 10, 2013
    I suspect that length of the line surpasses the height of the tower.
  • Lori W.
    Very much a tourist trap but It was still something amazing to see.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BobbittAugust 17, 2014
    Get here when it opens. The wait was 2 hours when we arrived.
  • Wil J.
    Wil JeudyAugust 28, 2015
    Very smooth & efficient place. Def do the Skyview platform!
  • Yolanda H.
    Yolanda Hampton3 weeks ago
    Go early, if possible when they open. I loved it
  • Birol U.
    Birol UluçAugust 9, 2016
    Not worth $22+3h of waiting. Don't be positive when you see just 100's in the queue outside. There are actually 1000's in different queues inside: Ticket, elevator, movie, skydeck, exit elevator etc.
  • KD
    KDJune 18, 2014
    Wait for dusk/nightfall, the view of the city with all the lights is breathtaking.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SalisburyFebruary 7, 2014
    On the MUST See list of things to see in Chicago... Even on a "no viz" day, we had FUN going to the top and back. MILITARY GET IN FREE!!!!!
  • Bee W.
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 8, 2016
    Awesome place to visit! A must visit! Definitely go at night!!!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMay 24, 2016
    Visit the country’s tallest building with views 103 stories above the city from the Skydeck.
  • Revanth T.
    Revanth TalariJanuary 4, 2015
    We went towards the sunset time and there was a huge queue.
  • Eva 🐾 B.
    Eva 🐾 BanovaJanuary 19, 2016
    It's a must! Awesome views on the 103rd floor any time of the day
  • John P.
    John PhanApril 29, 2013
    Get the city pass - you'll get to skip all the lines
  • ARDBEG ROCKET
    ARDBEG ROCKETMay 2, 2012
    We just passed by the skyscraper formerly known as the Sears Tower here in #Chicago. It’s big just like the taste of #Ardbeg. Like us on FB: www.facebook.com/ardbegusa
  • @JoeTBA
    @JoeTBAApril 8, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Just like Sox Park will always be Sox Park this will always be the Sears Tower. Welcome and enjoy the View!
  • Chanel B.
    Chanel BrownJune 13, 2014
    Need a bathroom? There is a free (and clean) one above Starbucks on the 2nd floor
  • Angel S.
    Angel SalasFebruary 9
    Formally known as the Sears Tower, it is really tall and breathtaking to say the least.
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaMarch 2, 2016
    Former tallest building in the US
  • Ben G.
    Ben GaspariniSeptember 21, 2016
    Cool building, buy tickets to the sky deck ahead of time if you're doing it.
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoOctober 21, 2012
    Sears....Willis....whatever, just go to the skydeck! The views are magnificent!
  • Tiffany S.
    Tiffany SJuly 4, 2011
    For a great place to eat after head to Lou Mitchells. About two blocks from the tower. Great breakfast and lunch food.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PawlakDecember 30, 2016
    Ask to make sure you are in the Fast Pass line, the signage is poor and no guides after you pass security
  • National Car Rental
    National Car RentalAugust 14, 2012
    Look for the express entry sign, then upgrade to a Fast Pass to shave 30 minutes off your wait time. Rising to the top never sounded so easy.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussFebruary 24, 2015
    Very helpful info staff. Giordano's around the corner for eats.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmileyDecember 17, 2015
    Go right at opening to beat the lines.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    The Ledge at Willis Tower is nominated for Best Kid-Friendly Thrill in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at timeoutchicagokids.com/awards!
  • Christine S.
    Christine S.July 16, 2011
    Go to the 4th skybox & get your pic made. Never a line in that one & u can look out too!
  • Bernardo M.
    Bernardo MejiaNovember 25, 2016
    a great pleace, a little bit expensive but a great place to visit
  • Dávid V.
    Dávid VeszelovszkiAugust 15, 2016
    Ask for the staff about weather conditions before entering, they can save you a lot of money not to go up in bad weather.
  • Aidan A.
    Aidan AzherMay 13, 2016
    My wife works there, so i am a frequent and i love the place.
  • TopGolf Bear
    TopGolf BearSeptember 28, 2011
    Look west. Out towards O Hare Airport. Into the suburb of Wood Dale and you will see a bear. A bear, partying at TopGolf. Enough said.
  • Rose G.
    Rose GNovember 9, 2014
    Beautiful views, wasn't too crowded when I went (early November)
  • Monogram G.
    Monogram GroupMarch 21, 2011
    Our office is located in the Sears Tower! We love it!
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie StaadtJune 16, 2013
    Fun but $18.00 is a little expensive for views.
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 4, 2012
    Sufjan Stevens wrote, "In the tower above the earth, There is a view that reaches far, Where we see the universe." He also spelled "Sears" as "Seer's," but who's keeping score?
  • John K.
    John KiddeNovember 2, 2014
    Step out on the ledge, it's freaky but an awesome view! Not for the faint of heart!
  • Tony C.
    Tony ChauDecember 28, 2013
    Buy tickets online to avoid one of many lines to get to the top
  • Krithic A.
    Krithic AnnamalaiAugust 22, 2012
    Remember to take pictures with your camera. I have some amazing shots!
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydSeptember 17, 2012
    On a weekend, the line for the Sky Deck can be very long.
  • Lionel R.
    Lionel RONDEAUAugust 12, 2015
    A découvrir absolument !!! Mais surtout de bonne heure pour éviter les queues interminables 😜
  • Jorge G.
    Jorge GuerreroOctober 16, 2015
    Iconico lugar de Chicago y del continente ya que es el edificio más grande de América!
  • Betty M.
    Betty MonteroJanuary 7, 2014
    Me encantó el lugar, no te lo puedes perder!!!
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