Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksArchitectural BuildingsObservation Decks & Towers
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
About
Skydeck Chicago is the breathtaking, thrilling observatory atop the iconic Willis Tower. The highest observation deck in the United States, Skydeck provides views of the city spanning up to four states and 50 miles on a clear day. Skydeck features The Ledge; five glass floor balconies extending 4.3 feet from Willis Tower and made up of three layers of half-inch thick glass laminated into one seamless unit. After an extensive transformation, Skydeck offers a can’t miss, one-stop attraction to discover and see all that the city of Chicago offers from an incomparable vantage point. The revamped attraction features a brand-new, lower-level, museum-like interactive experience that celebrates the unique personality, history, neighborhoods, and sites of Chicago.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Quincy • 3 min walk
  • Chicago Union Station • 5 min walk
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  • Josue C
    New Haven, Connecticut508 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chicago from 1,000 Feet!!!
    What a better way to see to Chicago than over 1000 feet from street level, seeing as far as the eye can see, and Skydeck Chicago offers some of the best views. There are map displays showing famous locations around the city, and a little of Chicago culture, but it's view that just leaves you at awe. There are glass box ledges that stick out over the side of the building giving you a view straight down, under your feet. The entrance fee was close $40, a bit pricey but you can add it on the City Pass, making it well worth it. Overall, Skydeck Chicago is a great place to spend an hour, and take ton of photos, and enjoy the view.
    Thank you for visiting us at Skydeck Chicago! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the best panoramic views from our 103rd floor. It is great that you were courageous enough to step out onto The Ledge and hover 1,353 feet above the streets of Chicago! We appreciate that you took the time to write a review.
    Written May 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2022
    Written May 2, 2023
  • Radek
    320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous
    Fabulous experience, very well organized. Enough time also for the Ledge (gives creeps). Surprisingly enough, the tickets for Sat Mar 4th I found on tiqets.com were cheaper than those on the Sky Deck own website. I trust the photos speak for themselves!
    We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and had a fabulous experience at Skydeck Chicago. It is great that you were courageous enough to step out onto The Ledge and hover 1,353 feet above the streets of Chicago! We appreciate that you took the time to write a review.
    Written May 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida18,123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For Me, Tallest Building in the World, Chicago MUST SEE
    For much of my life this was the tallest building in the world and the Sears Tower, so this was at the top of my list to see in Chicago, and it lived up to expectations. This was the first thing we did when we arrived in Chicago early evening. This was the perfect time to have the light on the city and lake for pictures. I will say may be not the best for glass box which faces west. Still, what I wanted to see was the view over the city and it was amazing. It was fun to also stand in the place where Ferris Bueller was filmed. Then the glass box overhang was a surreal experience. You know you are safe, but it is still wild to look down and see nothing beneath you, truly unique. Finally, the building is a highlight from anywhere in the city. It is great from pictures on the river, the lakefront and even other buildings. I will say I did not get a picture of it approaching from the west on the I-290 but this is the most impressive view of the building as it dwarfs all the rest of the Chicago skyline. Again it is a true American treasure and a MUST SEE in Chicago.
    Thank you for visiting us at the Skydeck! It is fantastic to hear that your experience at the Skydeck was amazing. We are happy that you were able to take pictures hovering 1,353 feet above the streets of Chicago on The Ledge! We appreciate your review.
    Written May 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2023
  • roselynmv
    Carolina, Puerto Rico15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    Love the exposition downstairs with the information that prepared us for the sight. I also appreciate that the elevator was so quick (less than 55 seconds) and had a screen that distracted us inside so we didn’t feel anxious. Loved the sights and the whole experience.
    Thank you for visiting Skydeck Chicago! It is terrific to hear that you found our one-stop Chicago experience to be loved. We encourage you to share your photos with us on Instagram and on our Facebook page! We appreciate your review and thank you very much for visiting Skydeck Chicago.
    Written June 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Susan A
    Atlanta, Georgia253 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not enough time!
    While in Chicago we had to do the tourist thing and got out on "The Ledge". While the views were amazing the high ticket cost for 60 seconds (for two people) out on the platform was high for what you receive. You weren't able to enjoy the view without being rushed to get your own pictures made before the timer went off. Glad we were able to experience it, just wish we could have had more time for the cost!
    Thank you for visiting Skydeck Chicago and for writing a review. Guests can spend 60-90 seconds on the Ledge depending on the group size. You are welcome to get back in line after you step out on the Ledge. For future reference, we suggest visiting first thing in the morning when we open to minimize your wait time—at 10 AM October through February or at 9 AM March through September. Thank you for visiting!
    Written June 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Shampeu
    Northbrook, Illinois476 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surreal experience
    I cannot relate how cool this experience was! We learned all about the history of the tower before actually arriving at the top. After waiting in a short line, visitors can go out onto the glass enclosed box with views all around the city, The employee then takes photos of your group which you can purchase in the end. Each group of three or more people gets 2 minutes to take pictures on the ledge. It's so unique.
    Thank you for visiting Skydeck Chicago! It is terrific to hear that you found our one-stop Chicago experience to be cool and unique. We encourage you to share your photos with us on Instagram and on our Facebook page! We appreciate your review and thank you very much for visiting Skydeck Chicago.
    Written June 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Alex
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Cool
    There is a great museum before you ride the elevator that summarizes a lot of the cool things about Chicago. Willis tower has great dining in it if you need to wait. Great views and the glass box is of course a classic.
    Thank you for visiting Skydeck Chicago! It is terrific to hear that you found our one-stop Chicago experience to be cool. It is great that you were courageous enough to step out onto The Ledge and hover 1,353 feet above the streets of Chicago! We appreciate that you took the time to write a review.
    Written July 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Pavel Z
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really high tower, nice view over city and beyond
    We had short queue, so it was not so crowded as could be. Very nice city view. Glass boxes are also fun. After view we know where we would try to go by walk in city downtown to lake view.
    Thank you very much for visiting us and for your rating! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience at Skydeck Chicago and found the panoramic views to be nice.
    Written July 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Gill r
    St Helens, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience despite the limited visibility!
    We went up the tower in a rain storm so no visibility. We were offered the chance to amend to a different time of the day or date but that didn’t work for us. Despite this, we had a great time doing the history walking tour even if the views were non existent at the top. Staff were helpful.
    Thank you very much for visiting us and for your rating! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience at Skydeck Chicago and appreciate the positive feedback on our team members. It is so great to hear you had a great time enjoying our all new one stop shop museum to Chicago.
    Written July 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Jen R
    55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unusual experience
    My husband and I had a fun experience visiting the top of the Willis Tower. The views are almost as good as the people watching! There are fun interactive displays on the way to the elevator with selfie stations with major landmarks, which was a cool bonus. At the top, you get 60 seconds or so to sit in suspended glass cubicles. Not something you get to do everyday! And the restaurants at the bottom are great - try the Rick Bayliss restaurant Tortazo - the mushroom tacos were the perfect finish to an unusual morning.
    Thank you for visiting Skydeck Chicago! It is terrific to hear that you found our one-stop Chicago experience to be fun. It is great that you were courageous enough to step out onto The Ledge and hover 1,353 feet above the streets of Chicago! We encourage you to share your photos with us on Instagram and on our Facebook page! We appreciate your review and thank you very much for visiting Skydeck Chicago.
    Written July 13, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
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TiAndria S
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The views were great. I went with my husband and we had a blast. The elevator ride up was hilarious. Your ears are definitely going to pop. Great place for photos although you only get 90 seconds on the ledge. It was perfect for our date night!
Written April 22, 2024
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Arielle
Mobile, AL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The Skydeck Chicago experience was super cool! I was very scared since I am afraid of heights, but I still went up. My friend got into the little glass box, and I took pictures of her. It's so cool knowing that it is only 1.5 inches thick. And, it's a great view of the entire city.
Written April 19, 2024
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Nisy19
Silver Spring, MD75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my partner went to the skydeck on our visit to Chicago. He is scared of heights but took one for the team. It's nice! There's a museum before you got to the deck, and it was hard taking pictures as people were taking forever taking pictures. It's worth it. You have 90 seconds to take your pics. ✔️ of the bucket list.
Written April 16, 2024
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Thank you very much for visiting us and for your rating! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience at Skydeck Chicago. It is great that you were courageous enough to step out onto The Ledge and hover 1,353 feet above the streets of Chicago! We appreciate that you took the time to write a review.
Written April 18, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Orlando Airport Transportation MCO
Orlando, FL7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Best City,Great Chicago Fire of October 8-10, 1871, on the original flag. The points of the star signify transportation, labor, commerce, finance, populousness and salubrity (health).
World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, on the original flag. The points of the star signify religion, education, aesthetics, justice, beneficence and civic spirit.
Century of Progress Exposition, added in 1933. The points of the star represent significant attributes of the city: world's third largest city (in 1933), Chicago’s motto "Urbs in Horto," the “I will" motto, Great Central Market, Wonder City
Written April 15, 2024
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Thank you for visiting Skydeck Chicago! It is terrific to hear that you found our one-stop Chicago experience to be great. We encourage you to share your photos with us on Instagram and on our Facebook page! We appreciate your review and thank you very much for visiting Skydeck Chicago.
Written April 18, 2024
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Manu G
San Diego, CA4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It was Just a Rip off!! They just give 90 seconds and only half portion of the ledger!!
More over the ledger is in a place from where the down buildings are not visible. Avoid if u can!
Written March 24, 2024
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Thank you for visiting Skydeck Chicago and for writing a review. Guests can spend 60-90 seconds on the Ledge depending on the group size. You are welcome to get back in line after you step out on the Ledge. For future reference, we suggest visiting first thing in the morning when we open to minimize your wait time—at 10 AM October through February or at 9 AM March through September. Thank you for visiting!
Written April 1, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kim S
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
For those not afraid of heights, this is a must-do thing while in Chicago. Not only do your ears pop on the way to the 103rd floor, when you get to the top you can see all of Chicago! The sky deck is fun to go out on and snap photos looking down. A good activity for teens.
Written March 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Skydeck Chicago. It is great that you were courageous enough to step out onto The Ledge and hover 1,353 feet above the streets of Chicago! We appreciate that you took the time to write a review.
Written April 1, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Paul G
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower offers breathtaking views of the city skyline. The iconic glass ledge is a thrilling experience. However, long wait times can be a downside. Overall, it's a must-visit for the stunning panoramas.
Written March 21, 2024
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Thank you for visiting Skydeck Chicago! It is terrific to hear that you found our panoramic views to be breathtaking. We encourage you to share your photos with us on Instagram and on our Facebook page! It is great that you were courageous enough to step out onto The Ledge and hover 1,353 feet above the streets of Chicago. We appreciate your review and thank you very much for visiting Skydeck Chicago.
Written April 1, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Elizabeth
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This had some interesting Chicago history tidbits before we even rode up in the elevator to the observation deck. At the top, there was a spectacular view of the city from all directions and a chance to sit out on the glass viewing platform. The tickets are timed so you can't stay too long, but it was sufficient for viewing and picture taking.
Written March 21, 2024
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We are so happy that your experience at Skydeck Chicago was great. Thank you very much for visiting us and for your rating!
Written April 1, 2024
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Kelly
Denver, CO5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a fun way to get a different view of Chicago. We enjoyed the museum as well as the spectacular views from the Sky Deck.
Written March 20, 2024
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Thank you very much for visiting us and for your rating! We are glad that you enjoyed your experience at Skydeck Chicago.
Written April 1, 2024
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Brian S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
So I was walking around downtown and I was approached by two awesome individuals Adrian and Joshua. They both worked for the skydeck and were handing out pins. They both said amazing things about the sky deck so we decided to check it out. What an amazing experience. The view was absolutely amazing. Thanks so much for the recommendation Joshua and Adrian.
Written March 15, 2024
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We are so happy that your experience at Skydeck Chicago was great. Thank you very much for visiting us and for your rating! We appreciate the positive feedback on Joshua and Adrian.
Written April 1, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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