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Willis Tower

233 S Wacker Dr
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  • Willis TowerPro 2014
    Hanae
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    4 Jul 12, 2014

    Pro tip: show up when they open in the morning so you won't wait over an hour in line.

    I was there during the winter and I still waited at least an hour in line during the day. Can't imagine how crazy it'll get during the summer.

    It does get pretty warm in there. Once you get through the long line to get in, you'll end up waiting in line to take a photo at the famous glass box.

    Heard they have a cool new installation now!!! You lean on the window and the window slowly tilts forward.

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    Daniel L.
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    3 May 29, 2014

    It is tall. Really, really tall. While the view is nice, I hate standing on the edge of a building. Personally I prefer looking at the building than looking from the building.

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    Tomasz Gliszewski
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    3 Nov 20, 2013

    (Now the Willis Tower) Crowded, touristy, and the only thing it has going for it is the overdone Sky Deck photo. Go to the Signature Lounge at the Hancock instead.

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    3 Nov 05, 2013

    Gorgeous views of the city. I prefer the views from the Hancock but this is the icon. I just cringe calling this Willis.. will always be the Sears in my heart.

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversFamily TravelersHistory BuffsLocal Culture
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    Frances Nguyen
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    3 Oct 17, 2013

    While it's no longer the tallest building in the world, the Sears Tower is an impressive display of height and architecture. As you're admiring the view of Chicago from the top floor, you can feel the tower slightly sway back and forth.

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    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    4 Nov 29, 2013

    For a good period of time this was the World's tallest building. While it still doesn't hold this record, it is still plenty high, and is definitely worth a visit as the view of Chicago from the top of the tower is great

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    Leigh Virkus
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    4 Aug 29, 2013

    This is one of those places you just have to do when you are in Chicago - if the weather is nice. Formally Sears Tower you can see the entire city and the surrounding area from this observation floor. This is now the tallest building in the US.

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    3 May 17, 2014

    An awful tourist trap, but worth stopping by for an overpriced cocktail if only to enjoy the fabulous view over the city skyline.

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    Vince Gattone
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    4 Dec 29, 2013

    A must see. The highest point in the city a tourist can go. On a clear day you can see all of Chicago land. Great photo ops.

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    5 Sep 24, 2013

    What is it called these days? Forget it, the view is spectacular and that's all you need to know!

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    Connie Pistilli
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    5 Jun 18, 2014

    Willis Tower, or the tower formerly known as Sears, is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 103 floors. You can see four different states from here!

    Tickets are $17.50, and you may have to wait 30 minutes to get up to the skydeck. Once up there, you can take your time soaking in all the amazing sights.

    The Legde offers visitors a chance to stand in a glass box so you can see completely straight down to the street below. Not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights!

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    3 Jul 10, 2013

    Willis Tower which will always be known as the Sears Tower is part residential, part business, and is most widely known for not only its height but the observation deck near the top which now has a walk out observation point. From here you can stand outside the building on a glass floor over Chicago.

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    Barbara Britschgi
    4 May 27, 2013

    THE seasr tower is a must, where can you get a view like this, The ride up and the ride down in the elevator is worth it.

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    Sonia Hasso
    5 May 16, 2013

    This place is so spectacular! The building is very aesthetically pleasing as you approach. Once you stand at the base of it, there is no other feeling than looking up at the what is now the Willis Tower.

    Going into the elevator with a dozen other people, you are pulled up to I don't know how many floors! It's a really smooth ride up. I'm seriously afraid of heights but I went up anyway and I'm glad I did. I made it on the sky deck too! It's a balcony that is enclosed with plastic/glass walls? At any rate, you are able to see under you and out over the city.

    We saw the city from the tower's view before sunset and into the night. Truly magnificent. For all you people afraid of heights, trust me, if I can do it you can too so go for it!

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    Hannah Stella
    5 Mar 29, 2013

    Be prepared to wait in line. First there is a line to the elevators, which take you down a couple floors. Then there is a line to go through security. Next there is a line to buy tickets. Then the line to the elevators that take you to the top. If it's busy, there are lines to just look at the windows.

    But once at the top, the view is amazing. Definitely worth the $18. No time limit, however I only had about 35 minutes to spend. Not long enough. Especially if you want pictures of the glass balcony. More lines.

    Get there early if possible, but the view seems more spectacular at night

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    kevin c
    3 Mar 19, 2013

    Skybox let's you step into a glass box if you dare, thousands of feet above the ground. Not sure if ticket price is worth the view since you can get a better one at John Hancock center for free if you visit the Lounge.

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    Katy Homanick
    4 Feb 28, 2013

    The lines were long, but the view was worth it. After 3 years in Chicago I finally made it to the top of the Sears Tower! What a day to choose too - went up there during the Air and Water Show and wow was that the most spectacular views. Planes flying eye level and even below you - we were 110 stories up and couldn't have asked for a more clear day to go.

    Buy your tickets in advance and skip the line!

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    Viv
    5 Feb 28, 2013

    Willis Tower is formerly known as the Sears Tower. This is another must-see when you visit Chicago. Try to go during the weekdays to avoid the crowds. There can be a long wait if you go on the weekends or holidays. The views are breathtaking. You have to take pictures on the skydeck, you will get some amazing pictures that look like you are floating on air!

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    Josh Bradshaw
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    3 Feb 28, 2013

    Three stars, only because there is not a tavern or pub anywhere in the whole thing. An outrage.

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    Arit NC
    4 Feb 28, 2013

    Worth the trip. Go to the top, and test your nerves with the glass-enclosed box that allows you to feel like you're floating precariously on the top of the world. Terrifying and invigorating, and what's what travel is all about, right?

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4.5 out of 5
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Hate waiting for elevators? You might want to consider finding yourself a job inside the former headquarters of Sears, Roebuck, and Company; it has 103 of them so, chances are, there will always be one waiting for you. The skyscraper, formerly known as the Sears Tower (a name which is still commonly used), is actually nine square buildings bundled together; an engineering strategy to help the 110 ... read more
storey structure resist Chicago’s infamously high winds. When it finished construction in 1974, it was the world’s tallest building at 1,451 feet. The 110 storey building lost that title to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998. The Skydeck, on the 103rd floor, allows visitors the best view of the city and provides an interactive experience. Those with a strong constitution can even step out into one of several glass boxes that hang over the building’s ledge.

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Aliases: Willis Tower Observation Deck, Willis Tower Observatory, Sears Tower Observation Deck, Sears Tower Observatory, Sears Tower Skydeck, Sears Tower