Skydeck Chicago


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 $23/Day, Night ticket $33; children ages 3-11 $15; children under 3 free. Fast Pass (3 and older) $49; children under 3 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.



Sponsor Message: 

Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) is a 110 story building in the heart of Chicago's downtown. Willis Tower is not only one of the tallest buildings in the world, it is also a magnificent icon, impossible to miss within Chicago's skyline.

Skydeck Chicago is the observation deck on the 103rd floor of the building. Approximately 1.3 million tourists visit Skydeck Chicago every year. On a clear day, you can see over 50 miles in each direction and see four states. The elevators within the building are among some of the fastest in the world, operating as fast as 1,600 feet per minute. In 2009, Skydeck Chicago opened its newest attraction, The Ledge, 4 glass boxes that extend 4.3 feet outside the Tower and stand 1,353 feet above Wacker Drive. With glass on the ceiling, floor, and all sides, it is truly, an unforgettable experience.

233 S. Wacker Dr
103rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
United States

Map of Skydeck Chicago