Chicago: Willis Tower Skydeck and The Ledge Ticket
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For almost 25 years the Willis Tower, more commonly known as Sears Tower, held the title for the tallest building in the U.S. Second place isn’t bad, right? And as the 12th tallest in the world at a height of 1,451 feet, it is Chicago’s most beloved skyscraper.
In order to house their rapidly growing company, Sears commissioned architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1969. Architect Bruce Graham and engineer Fazlur Rahman Kahn led.
Graham’s design was inspired by a cigarette ad. He demonstrated the concept to a colleague by pulling cigarettes out of a pack to illustrate the 9 tubes at different heights.
Construction began in April of 1971 and was finished by May 1973. Economically efficient for a building its size, the cost to build was $150 million, about $800 million today.
Willis Tower’s observation deck is what makes it celebrated. At 1,353 feet, visitors can feel the building sway on a windy day and see over the plains of Illinois on a clear day.
The address of Willis Tower is 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606. Public transportation is easy because it's in such a central location -- off Blue, Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple and Red Lines on the ‘L.
Parking is available at 221 W. Adams, and purchasing a parking card in advance online will get you a discount.
Skydeck Chicago is open 365 days a year from 9AM to 10PM April through September and 10AM to 8PM October through March. View at night for the romantic glittering cityscape, by day for the sweeping view of Lake Michigan.
The basic price for adult admission is $19.50. A variety of ticketing bundles with other Chicago attractions, like a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, are available.
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The guide was very informative! The boat was very spacious and clean! My friend and I were able to take food and drinks (not alcohol). It was beautiful! We went around 6 and we caught the sunset! Although, if you are going after 6, I strongly advise taking a thick warm jacket and boots bc it will be FREEZING cold to tourists who are not used to cold weather
Its wonderfull higly recommended my buddy and i had so much fun .It was a great experiences and would love to invite some of my friend nextime
Amazing tour talks about every single thing about every building you pass and all the details.
Very enjoyable. A lot of information very knowledgeable. The jokes were fynny.
The tour was easy to access from the pier and we had a great host!