At 103 stories high, the Skydeck at the Willis (formerly Sears Tower) offers an unsurpassed view of Chicago and, on a clear day, up to four surrounding states. It also features multimedia exhibits showcasing the city from its historic past to the present. If you dare, brave a trip out onto the glass-bottomed Ledge—only 1.5” of glass separates you from Wacker Drive, 1353 feet below! Open 365 days a year: March-September 9 am-10 pm; October-February 10 am-8 pm (last ticket sold half-hour before close). Admission $24; Day/Night ticket $33; children ages 3-11 $21; Fast Pass (3 and older) $49; children under 3 always free. CityPASS and group rates available.
Highlights and Tips:
- During peak travel months, a visit to the Skydeck may take you longer than 80 minutes, so we have two suggestions: Plan your visit to opening time or for after 5 pm; or splurge on a Fast Pass to scoot past the line and into the elevator in a flash.
- During the off-season, this city highlight fits into a sightseeing-packed day any time. Traveling with kids? Get them excited before arriving with a printable scavenger hunt.
- Allow time for the 9-minute movie revealing Willis Tower’s rise from concept to reality.
- At 1,353 feet atop the Skydeck, views stretch up to 50 miles and four states, and the glass-boxed Ledge (there are two) is a dare you really need to take. Don’t worry, they are built to withstand 10,000 pounds.
- Add a little romance by timing your visit to catch the sunset.