This article was published on November 3rd, 2013
Dominating the Chicago skyline is one of the most famous buildings in the world; the Willis Tower. Standing at an impressive 442 meters (1,451 ft), the 108 story skyscraper welcomes over a million visitors each year, all who come to see the most stunning views of the city and to stand on the famous Skydeck.
Completed in 1973, at a cost of $150 million ($750 million in 2013 dollars), Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), reined the tallest building in the world for 25 years.
Guests to the Willis Tower observation deck are whisked to the 103 floor in a 60 second elevator ride. On the way up, guests can feel the change in air pressure, as they travel 1.5 miles to the observation deck. Chicago is well-known as the windy city, and on a windy day, guests can feel the building move to-and-froe in the wind. When the 103 observation deck is close, the alternate 99 floor deck is open for visitors.
The observation deck has magnificent views of Lake Michigan, Chicago’s downtown, the Illinois prairies, and on a clear day, guests can see Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The highlight of the observation deck is the Skydeck. The Skydeck is a full retractable glass box that extends four feet over Wacker Drive. Adventurous guests can walk out on to the glass platform and look directly down on the street, 412 m (1,353 ft), below. The structure can hold 4.5 metric tons (five short tons), of weight.
A trip to Chicago wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Willis Tower and the Skydeck. Willis Tower is the most popular attraction in Chicago. The best deal for tickets to Willis Tower and the Skydeck is through CityPASS. Guests can save up to 49% on Chicago attractions, including the Skydeck at Willis Tower. An adult Chicago CityPASS is just $89.