Voted one of the "Seven Wonders of Chicago," the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is among the tallest buildings in the western hemisphere. On your next visit to Chicago, head to the 103rd floor of this famed building and explore all that the Skydeck Chicago observatory has to offer.
Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from 1,353 feet in the air, marvel at the impressive Chicago skyline, and see all the important landmarks from Soldier Field to the Navy Pier Ferris wheel. You can even see parts of four states at once!
If you’ve ever seen Chicago on a map, you’ll know that the size of this city is nothing to be scoffed at, with dozens of neighborhoods and suburbs stretching for miles and miles. From atop the Skydeck you can see the whole sprawling metropolis and several miles out in each direction, so a visit here makes for great photo opportunities.
Be sure to take a step out onto “The Ledge,” an awe-inspiring, all-glass balcony that extends four feet outside the building’s edge. Are you brave enough for this exhilarating experience? Take a photo of yourself “floating” above the city of Chicago and amaze your friends back home!
All Skydeck Chicago visitors must go through a security check in order to be admitted to the Observatory. During peak hours, the security line can be lengthy, but it moves quickly. Occasionally, the 99th floor is used for observation instead of the 103 Skydeck Chicago when maintenance is required.
Take CTA: From the brown, purple, and orange lines exit at Quincy stop and you're right at Willis Tower. From the blue and red lines exit at Jackson Blvd. and walk just a few blocks west to the Jackson Blvd entrance west of Franklin St. By Bus: Buses 1, 7, Express 28, 37,126, 129, 134, 135, 136, 151, and 156 all stop within one block of Willis Tower.
Take Metra: Union Station's Metra and Amtrak trains are 1 1/2 blocks from Willis Tower. Exit the station from Jackson Blvd. Walk east across the river and the Skydeck entrance is on your left just east of Wacker Dr.