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Willis Tower Skydeck

233 South Wacker Drive | Chicago, IL 60606-8615 | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.5 U.S. News Travel (4.4)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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More than 1 million people make their way to the Willis Tower Skydeck each year, and it's easy to see why. Occupying the 103rd floor — that's nine floors higher than 360 CHICAGO — of the 110-story Willis Tower (the second-tallest building in the Western Hemisphere after One World Trade Center), the Skydeck boasts breathtaking views of the city. Visit on a sunny day and you may be able to see far beyond Chicago's borders to other parts of Illinois, as well as to Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The highlight for most visitors is the Ledge. Extending outward from the Skydeck, this platform is made entirely of glass — even the floor. The idea of the ledge came from the hundreds of forehead prints that the Skydeck maintenance staff had to clean off the windows each week. Now, you don't have to press your face to the window in order to experience just how high up you actually are. Travelers also liked the video screens that show what it would be like to stand 103 floors above other Chicago attractions, including Wrigley Field and Millennium Park.

The Willis Tower and its Skydeck stand over South Wacker Drive on the western edge of the Loop about a block west of the Quincy/Wells "L" train station (serviced by the Brown, Orange, Pink and Purple lines). The Skydeck is open every day of the year: From April through September, the Skydeck is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and between October and March, doors open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Travelers recommend getting there right when the Skydeck opens to avoid long lines; or go after sundown to see the city lights aglow (just note that last entry is 30 minutes before closing). General admission is $19 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 to 11; entry to the Skydeck is covered in the cost of a Go Chicago Card or a Chicago CityPASS. For more information, visit the Willis Tower Skydeck website.

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