Whether it is daring to stand out on The Ledge or learning about the Windy City, visitors get a “one stop Chicago” experience on their journey to 103.
Chicago at Your Feet
The Ledge transforms how visitors experience Chicago. At 1,353 feet up, The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor, providing never-before-seen views of the city. The tower is a world-renowned building, a Chicago icon. The third-tallest building in the world, it remains the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall.
The Ledge Experience
The Ledge brings an exhilarating new experience to the tower. Opened in 1974, the Skydeck attracts more than one million visitors annually who enjoy views of up to 50 miles and four states. Now, The Ledge dares visitors to attempt a new Chicago experience: stand on The Ledge and feel the city from 103 floors over Wacker Drive and the Chicago River. The inspiration for The Ledge came from hundreds of forehead prints visitors left behind on Skydeck windows every week. From the memorable scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to curious children going right up to the window, visitors are constantly trying to catch a glimpse below. Now they have a unique and unobstructed view of the city.
Exhibitions & More
An unmatched view is not all the Skydeck offers. From the moment visitors arrive they enjoy interactive and educational attractions that highlight the iconic building and celebrate Chicago’s sports, architecture, pop culture, history, food, music and people.
- New museum-quality exhibits highlight the iconic tower, and celebrate Chicago’s rich history and culture through captivating visuals.
- Video screens give visitors a sense of what it would be like if theystood on The Ledge, 103 floors above Chicago staples like Wrigley Field, Cloud Gate at Millennium Park or North Avenue Beach.
- New multi-media elevators give visitors one of the fastest rides in the world, while referencing points of interest that match the ascending height.
- A new theater presentation, Reaching for the Sky, tells the story of how the the building and Chicago’s well -known landmarks set architectural standards after the Great Chicago Fire and beyond.
Complete your Skydeck experience by exploring Catalog at Willis Tower, accessible via the new Jackson Boulevard entrance. Catalog is an evolving, five-level urban destination, featuring new dining, specialty retail and entertainment options.
At this time, Skydeck Chicago is closed to the public and will be reopening in early spring.