Visit SkyDeck Chicago

SkyDeck Chicago

Looking to make your Chicago vacation more exciting? Take a ride to the top of the world-famous Willis Tower and explore SkyDeck Chicago. The observatory deck of the building formerly known as the Sears Tower is located exactly 1,353 feet above ground level – that’s one heck of a view! The 103rd floor is an excellent vantage point for all of your panoramic views of downtown Chicago, greater Chicagoland, and even Lake Michigan. SkyDeck Chicago is a top attraction in one of Chicago’s most iconic buildings and is a must-see destination for first-time visitors.. Of course, SkyDeck Chicago is more than just an elevator ride – it’s also an informative, interactive museum for visitors to learn all about the history of Chicago. Engaging exhibits and historical photographs comprise … [Read more...]

Top Chicago Sights and Attractions

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The diversity of Chicago attractions means that there’s something for everyone in this vast city where art, culture, history, entertainment, and education intersect. Some of the best museums in the world are located in Chicago, as well as some of the best parks and architectural feats. At Smart Destinations, we want you to enjoy your Chicago vacation to the fullest. That’s why we are doing our best to make sure you see the top Chicago sights and attractions while you’re in the Windy City. Take a look at the best of what’s around so you can decide where your Chicago vacation will take your family. Art Institute of Chicago Currently the nation’s second largest art museum, the Art Institute of Chicago encourages creativity in every form. From paintings by the old masters, like … [Read more...]

Skywalk Observatory, Willis Tower, Empire State Building, and More!

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Planning a trip to a new city always poses the same problem: I want to see it all but I won’t have the time! Our advice? See it all at once. Here are the best bird’s eye views of five major cities: Boston First Tallest Buidling: John Hancock Tower Second Tallest: Prudential Tower Officially referred to as Hancock Place, Boston’s John Hancock Tower is located right near the main branch of the Boston Public Library. Unfortunately, its observation deck is currently closed, making the Prudential Tower’s Skywalk Observatory the spot to visit for a 360 degree view of the city. For a view of Boston’s famous Harbor and waterfront district, make a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art for their floor-to-ceiling windows that suspend you right over the water. Chicago First … [Read more...]

Where Did Sears Tower Go? It’s Now the Willis Tower!

“I can’t find Sears Tower.” It may sound crazy to say about one of the tallest buildings in the world, but we’ve been hearing it a lot. People go looking for it on the web and come to the conclusion that it’s gone. Rest assured the building is still there. It’s still extremely tall. It’s arguably better than ever. But it has a different name. No, the building formerly known as Sears Tower has not changed its name to an unpronounceable symbol. It is now known as the Willis Tower. Willis, a large reinsurance firm, bought the naming rights to the building and not surprisingly changed the name. Just to make things slightly more complicated, the observation deck has its own name: Skydeck Chicago. Originally completed in 1973, the then Sears Tower was the tallest building … [Read more...]

3 Millionth Go City Card Visit Occurs in Chicago

Smart Destinations, the company behind the Go City Cards and Explorer Pass, hit a milestone in August when the 3 millionth visit occurred using one of its products. The visit occurred at Skydeck Chicago using a Go Chicago Card. Skydeck recently opened The Ledge, retractable glass-floored bays that extend over four feet outside the tower to allow visitors to gaze 103 floors straight down from America’s tallest building.   “We’ve continued to grow strongly in 2009,” said Cecilia Dahl, founder and President of Smart Destinations. “Beyond the savings component of our product we know from our customers that they see this as a way to travel smarter as well as more economically.” Dahl points to markets like Hawaii as a place where relatively well heeled travelers are embracing … [Read more...]