SkyDeck Chicago is the Observatory Deck of the world-famous Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). Perched 1,353 feet up in the air on the 103rd floor of the tower, SkyDeck Chicago provides some of the best views of the city, from Navy Pier to Soldier Field. You’ll also find interactive exhibits and historical photographs to learn about the building’s prestigious history. It’s a must-see Chicago attraction and a perennial favorite with visitors from around the globe.
In addition to being one of the most famous architectural marvels of the western world – and one of the Seven Wonders of Chicago – SkyDeck Chicago is the ideal vantage point to see scope out all of Chicagoland. You can even see pieces of four different states! If you’re brave enough, you can also step out on “The Ledge,” the all-glass balcony that extends four feet from the building’s edge out into space.
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.