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Willis Tower

233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606 (Formerly Sears Tower)
312-875-9447
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As featured in 3 days in Chicago
Ranked #31 of 362 attractions in Chicago
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago! Treat... more » Owner description: No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago! Treat yourself to, “one stop Chicago” experience on your journey to the 103rd floor. Enjoy 360 degree views spanning up to 50 miles and 4 states and our most spectacular view…1,353 feet straight down! “Dare to Stand Out” on The Ledge - glass balconies extending 4.3 feet outside the building provide a thrilling, once in a lifetime experience! « less
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Prince Albert, Canada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

One of those experiences you can't miss in Chicago. Went on a Wednesday afternoon around 3, no line up whatsoever. A little crowded around "The Ledge" but you still had a photo opportunity. Interesting history exhibits/facts on the walls at the top. Glad we did it, but if I had to wait 2 hours like other reviewers I don't think... More

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New York City, New York
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173 reviews 173 reviews
79 attraction reviews
451 helpful votes 451 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

A must do when visiting Chicago. The wait can be a bit of a bore. The best way around is to get the citypass for 5 attractions of which Willis is one and you get to use the vip line. The ledge is an extremely cool concept except that getting to it is a bit of a time consuming task... More

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Calgary, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I am terrified of heights, but when else can you stand 103 stories above a city?! I chickened out of standing in the glass box with 20 other people, but gladly watched as others did. The interior walls are covered in historical and interesting facts about the city, and the view is simply spectacular. Worth admission for sure.

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Akron, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Our visit started by being told it would be a 2 hour wait, the same lady operated the initial elevator into the building she was kind of rude, every one else was nice. After the short video introduction my friend and I slipped our way closer to the front. We went later in the evening so once we reached the... More

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Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

While it is very crowded and the line takes a very long time (our took about an hour and a half), the view is amazing. The sky boxes are amazing.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

was awesome. The line seemed to go on forever but moved very quickly. Only down side was how they crammed so many people into the elevator. So be ready. you purchase tickets inside and that was smooth also. Im afraid of hights but had to do this being a native from Chicago. It will always be the SEARS tower though.... More

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Rifle, Colorado, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

When we got in line we were told the wait would be 2.5 hours but we decided to do it anyways (we already bought our tickets). After herding us around like cattle for 1.5 hours we finally made it to the top. The view was pretty great and the sky deck is pretty cool but there were so many people... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We went around 3pm on a Wednesday and were pleasantly surprised to find no queue! We went straight up to the Skydeck and had an amazing view over Chicago. 'The Ledge' is a relatively new attraction where you can stand in a little glass box that sticks out the side of the tower. I don't have issues with heights but... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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103 reviews 103 reviews
58 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Although the new One World Trade Center building is technically taller, you'll be about 100' higher in the Skydeck of the Willis Tower. The view on a clear day or evening is well worth the trip. Also, watch for TravelZoo offers of dinner in the Metropolitan Club that may be combined with a trip to the Skydeck. If you're interested... More

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New York City, New York
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193 reviews 193 reviews
43 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Love the ledge! We came here on a Friday around 6pm and luckily there were hardly any lines to get to the top. It was pretty seamless except for the access to the Ledge but it was still worth the wait. Pretty creepy stepping onto that glass bottom floor but quite an experience and great for pictures! Great first stop... More

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