Sears Tower (Willis Tower)
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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If you don't mind waiting in exorbitantly long lines, a trip to the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower is one of the quintessential Chicago experiences. Located in the heart of the Loop, this 110-story tower is one of the tallest buildings in the world. The Skydeck on the 103rd floor offers spectacular views of Lake Michigan and Chicago's impressive skyline.
However, some say the John Hancock Center and Observatory (another beloved top Chicago attraction) offers views that are just as good but without the long wait. Even if you don't wish to go to the top, the building is definitely worth a visit; you can see it from a unique point of view on one of the Chicago Architectural Foundation tours.
The Willis Tower is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. April through September and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. October through March. Admission to the Skydeck is a bit expensive, costing about $15 for adults and about $11 for children.