At 103 stories high, the Skydeck at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower offers an unsurpassed view of Chicago and, on a clear day, four surrounding states. It also features multimedia exhibits showcasing the city from its historic past to the present. The Skylights multimedia tour gives visitors stories beyond the views at various stops around the Skydeck. If you dare, brave a trip out onto the glass-bottomed Ledge. 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/$21; 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.