Sears Tower Skydeck

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Sears Tower Skydeck Chicago Reviews

dannyrock4 dannyroc…
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Willis Tower (Sears Tower) – Chicago – 29th January 2012 May 31, 2012
It stands at 1,451 feet and with 108 floors the Willis Tower formerly known as The Sear Tower is currently the tallest building in North America (until the finish construction on the Freedom Tower in New York). Every big city I go to I always visit a building or tower with a viewing platform, you always get great views over the city. So as I was in Chicago a visit to the Willis Tower was a must, although by the time I go to the top the views were great, it did take a long time to get there, 3 elevators and lining up at different levels, it annoys me when they don’t have a direct elevator to the top, but most of the journey was in the maintenance elevator (which was interesting) as they were doing work on the other elevator shafts. I spent two hours at the top just enjoying the views and watching the sunset over Chicago. They also have these glass boxes you can walk into and look straight down over the edge which adds a bit of excitement to the experience. It was a good experience but I think a bit over rated, to me it was like the Empire State building of Chicago, everybody wants to go there, the lines are long and it takes a long time to get to the top, if you’re in Chicago and want great views and good information about the city go to the John Hancock Centre, I spent almost 4 hours on the observation deck.
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Nair2011 Nair2011
246 reviews
Now known as Willis tower Aug 13, 2011
Skydeck is located in the 105th floor of Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower. Skydeck has a seperate entrance than the Willis tower entrance.

While going up in the elevator, they play a video while passing the heights of world known tallest buildings like seattle needle etc to state that this building is taller than them.

The speciality of this place is 3 glass balconies standing out of the building. Looking down from the glass gives a dizzy feeling but amazing experience.

Skydesk pic team set up a tilting camera in one of these balconies to take pictures of the visitors. I have visited this place on a cloudy day and enjoyed the views.

Though John Hancock building has good views of the city, this building is one of the tallest in Americas and can see some great & unique views.
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flloyd flloyd
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Top Deck - Top Dollar Apr 24, 2011
The views are good but its expensive and overcrowded , the glass ledges are a little dissapointing as its not clean enough to see through clearly . The best bit was the fast elevator , 24ft/second hopefully the John Hancock observation deck will be better!!
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ChicagoSarah ChicagoS…
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Worth the cost May 16, 2011
My niece and I went to the Sky Deck on a week day which I highly recommend. The line was long but moved along quickly. There is a lot of history written out in the queue so you are kept busy. Once up on the top there is more history of Chicago and the view is great. The sky decks are very cool glass boxes sticking straight out of the building. Everyone seemed to be respectful of their time in the box and with other people waiting to get pictures. After that you are pretty much finished and ready to head down. The cost for such a quick experience is high but it is super cool.
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Africancrab Africanc…
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Scary for the one who is afraid of heights Apr 21, 2010
You probably want to know why the cost on my review is zero? Well I did not have to pay because Sears is actually my employer. I did not have to pay to go up there even though I barely stayed 5 minutes. My knees were weak because I was afraid to death. I'm afraid of heights. The tower is TALL, and the deck is made of clear glass. Bad combination.

For the thrill seeker and the millions not afraid of heights, this is an incredible experience.It offers breathtaking views of the city of Chicago. Willis Tower is the tallest tower in the western hemisphere. With 103 floors, it towers over Chicago offering unparalleled 360 degree view of upto 4 states including Wisconsin.

Purchasing Tickets:

If you do not work for Sears or are not an employee of Willis Tower, you will need a ticket to access the Skydeck. I recommend buying the City pass. You can purchase the CityPass ticket on line. They currently have a reduced price of $69 for adults and $59 for children. The CityPass gives you access to 5 city attractions including the Shedd Acquarium, Field Museum, Alder Planetarium, museum of science and industry, and a choice of either the Sears Skydeck or Hancock Observatory.

Best recommended times to visit the Skydeck is in the evenings. You will catch a beautiful sunset, see the city lights, and the great landscape
Entrance to to Willis tower, well …
A view of the city's architecture …
Sears Tower
View of the city
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Africancrab says:
Ha-ha! It is worth seeing if you are not afraid of heights Judy. I unfortunately was more afraid of the glad breaking that I did not enjoy much of the views from up there. I here the CN towere is something to see too.
Posted on: Apr 28, 2010
Hummingbird says:
I'm not sure Roger and I will pay to get our boots scared off, even though he also has the CN Tower in Toronto on our itinerary. :D
Posted on: Apr 27, 2010
Chokk says:
Will try to do that:)
Posted on: Apr 27, 2010
sarahelaine sarahela…
648 reviews
The Willis (Sears) Tower Aug 23, 2010
The Willis Tower is more usually known as the Sear’s Tower, but has been rented

out to the Willis Group. Most Chicagoans continue to call it the Sear’s tower

but in the interests of you finding the right website, I’ll use the new words!



The Willis Tower is still one of the tallest buildings in the world, and

certainly the tallest in the USA. The observation deck is fully enclosed and at

the height, as the visitor centre helpfully points out, of 284 Barack Obamas.

Always assuming that the bottom Obama doesn’t get squashed, of course. Slender

as he is, I would imagine that 283 Obamas would be quite a load for one man to

bear. Anyway, completely fictional measurements aside, this is an impressive

place to go and visit. The Skyledge observation deck is about 15 USD to enter

and although that isn’t cheap, it is well worth the trip.


The Skyledge has the usual windows and brief history of the city that you would

expect from an observation deck, but with one major advantage – the Skyledge.

The tower got the original architects back in to construct some glass boxes that

stick out of the side of the building so you can walk over the city on a glass

floor. About half the people I’ve ever told about this have said “wow, cool!”

and about half have looked at me as if I’m mad and changed the subject rapidly.

I’m firmly in the wow, cool camp, but even so it took a long time for me to

persuade my feet to move over the edge.



All in all, the experience of standing well over the roofs of all the

neighbouring skyscrapers is well worth while. There is an element of luck with

timing it to avoid queues – I arrived at 4.30pm and almost walked straight in,

but by the time I got down after 5pm there was a queue building again. I think

disabled access would be fine. One entertaining thing was that there were a lot

of small toddlers who weren’t scared of the ledge who were running onto it and

their parents, who were scared of the ledge, couldn’t get them back. If you are

scared of heights and can’t go on the ledge, it is worth keeping a tight grip on

any fearless toddlers!
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tmhahn tmhahn
3 reviews
Awesome overview of the windy city Dec 10, 2010
I can't remember if it is free to go up to the Skydeck or not, but I do know that if it does cost, it is very cheap, and the view is something that all can be in awe of, no matter what the age! Make sure you try and go on a clear day though! It makes quite a difference.
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acgemt acgemt
17 reviews
Willis (Sears) Tower Skydeck Sep 12, 2010
For about 16 dollars, you can take an elevator up to the top of Willis Tower to the skydeck 103 floors up. The view from here is amazing! For a little extra thrill, try venturing into one of the glass boxes that extend about 4 feet out from the floor.
In the elevator 103 stories up
View of Chicago from top of Willis…
View of Chicago from top of Willis…
View of Chicago from top of Willis…
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nik2blessed nik2bles…
83 reviews
What you need to know ;) Aug 03, 2008
Just extraordinary structure for anyone to see and expierence. When you go, you enter the lobby from Franklin Street and wait in line for an elevator that takes you to security. Then everyone goes thru the ticket line for tickets (if you have prepaid --smart--you'll enter separate lines prior to). We went on a weekend so lines are fierce compared to the weekday. Cameras are allowed, so don't worry bout that. Children will enjoy just as much and it's cool to do with anyone, really. Once you are done with getting tickets, you'll wait for a quick video on the development of the building and how it came to be. I liked how they were straight and to the point. Which went pretty fast, and came out more knowledgable. Now we wait for the elevator to the skydeck...ding, we enter and in 60 seconds you'll be in 103 floors higher to enjoy 4 different states. I recommend you go when it's a clear day and you'll see more. Also you'll find lots of history facts up there on display. Don't miss an opportunity of a lifetime if you come to the windy city!
Sears Tower in front of Franklin C…
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John Hancock view from Sears
103 yikes...cool huh
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JasmineV320 JasmineV…
1 reviews
view from up there Mar 20, 2008
A little pricey for a view of the city but well worth it. Very informative tid bits on the walls and even a section for the little ones! (it's about 2.5 feet off the ground, kid height) military is free.
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maryfreeman maryfree…
1 reviews
Awesome View Mar 15, 2008
We recently won a trip to Chicago. We visited "The Sears Tower".

It was awesome. We went on an elevator and went from the basement

to floor 103 in 60 seconds. At the top is was the most spectacular

view. They say you can see four different states.
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mwtlgray mwtlgray
21 reviews
Sears Tower Apr 29, 2007
It was ok. The view from the top was nice. You dont actually go all the way up to the top. You dont go in groups, so you can take as much time as you want at each window, looking out over the city, as you want. There are a some intersting facts of Chicago on the walls once you get up there. They have telescopes to help you see further out the windows and they dont cost any extra to look out. You are allowed to bring your camera and kids of all ages can go as well. The wait to get on the elevator is long and hot. You are in a corridor with lots of other people in a line. They do offer musuem like items to read and view as you wait. Also they have a short clip to watch on the tv as you ride up the elevator. Parking in the area is also expensive and you will have to walk a good ways to get to the tower.
view of Sears Tower from bottom
View of Chicago from the top
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