Sears Tower

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Sears Tower Chicago Reviews

WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
Worth it going to the top Jun 13, 2011
At one point, it was the tallest building in the world. Now, it is currently the tallest building in America. Once named the Sears Tower, it is now named the Willis Tower. But people may still refer to it as the Sears Tower, and I tend to use them interchangeably. Regardless of ranking or name of this building, the trip to the top is worth it, for a bird’s eye view of Chicago.

Entering the building, you go down to the bottom floor, where you have to go through security, like at an airport. After paying admission, there is a short film about the tower. After that, it is the ride to the top. During the elevator ride, a video plays as you are zipped to the observation deck.

Walking around, you get nice views of the city and Lake Michigan. And on a clear day, 3 other states can be seen. On the west side, there is a glass balcony, where it does feel like you are standing in air, as you look straight down, more than 100 stories.

Crowds can make things difficult, especially at the glass balconies, as some people think that they have the whole space to themselves.

When getting back to the bottom, you go through a gift shop, where there are displays on Abraham Lincoln, who was an Illinois native and his political career started there as well. Some of the things on display include his famous black hat and other personal effects. This section is worth checking out for history buffs.

Overall, this attraction should not be missed if in Chicago.
entrance to Willis Tower
displays inside tower
view of Chicago
view of Chicago
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EmEm says:
I agree with you: do not miss the visit to the tower!
Posted on: May 28, 2016
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wongjst wongjst
40 reviews
Jul 05, 2007
The Sears Tower is a supertall skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, and the tallest building in the United States since 1973. By the measurement from the ground to the top of the antenna it is the tallest building in the world; it surpassed World Trade Center in this capacity by 58 cm (1.9 ft) via a short extension being installed on one of Sears' antennas on June 5, 2000. By all other measures (official height, roof height, and highest occupied floor) the Sears Tower was always taller than the World Trade Center. Commissioned by Sears, Roebuck and Company, it was designed by chief architect Bruce Graham and structural engineers Srinivasa "Hal" Iyengar and Fazlur Khan of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Moreover, it is also taller than the Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia when considering either the height to roof, or the height to pinnacle point. By either of these measures, the Sears Tower was only surpassed by the Taipei 101 in 2004.

The Sears Tower Skydeck observation deck on the 103rd floor of the tower is 412 m (1,353 ft) above ground and is a famous tourist attraction. Tourists can experience how the building sways on a windy day. They can see far over the plains of Illinois and across Lake Michigan to Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin on a clear day. It takes about 45 seconds to soar to the top in either of two special elevators. The Sears Tower Skydeck competes with the John Hancock Center's observation floor across town, which is 98 m (323 ft) lower.

A second Skydeck on the 99th floor is used when the 103rd floor is closed. The tourist entrance can be found on the south side of the building along Jackson Boulevard.

If you want to discover how the Sears Tower shape came from, then you must put all 9 cigrates into a square shape, then let them falling one by one.
WaltJake WaltJake
53 reviews
Mar 07, 2007
The observation deck at Sears Tower is something that should be seen by any visitor to Chicago. The building itself is 110 stories, I believe the observation deck is on floor 103. The whole floor is an open room, with wall-size windows offering a panoramic view of the city in all directions. The views are terrific! You can see the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, Soldier Field, and even Wrigley Field if you know where to look. ( They have descriptive maps up there too, to tell you what you are looking at) The center of this large room holds the elevators, rest rooms and gift shops. I believe it is around $10 per person to go up, and the lines can be long! They also show you an 8 minute movie about the building of the tower before the elevators take you to the top. It's the tallest building in the US now, get over any fear of heights and check it out!
Sears Tower Skydeck
View of the city
Chicago River
Lake Michigan in background
Chokk says:
I was there many years ago - and I totally agree - it was amazing. I remember looking down on small aeroplanes:D
Posted on: May 19, 2007
kaki0301 kaki0301
9 reviews
Aug 18, 2007
The Sears Tower is something everyone has to do while in Chicago. It is a unique experience with views of the city that are unbeatable (however... see my review of The Hancock Observatory).

The $13 cost is typical for this type of tourist attraction. I arrived here in the afternoon, and the lines were long. However, if you think the lines are long waiting to go up. there was a longer line waiting to go down!

It is very tourist driven, you will wait in line, get your photo taken,wait in line again, pay, wait in line, get packed in an elevator (25+ people) see the awesome view, wait in line to go down... you get the picture. :)
pinchora pinchora
162 reviews
the mile high club... with no excitement Mar 20, 2007
The Sears Tower stands at 1,450 feet and 110 stories high, Sears Tower is the tallest building in North America and the third tallest building in the world. The tower has a distinct design where it tapers off as the building gets taller.

There's not much to say about the Sears Tower... I thought it was going to be a lot cooler...maybe with a restaurant on top (I was hungry when I went there... but what else is new). You go in, get your ticket, get your photo taken (so you can buy it later---they felt bad for me because I was by myself)... ship you off to a movie room where you get to hear how it was made and the history of sears roebuck and company and how they made their millions... not talking about how they're a dying company now. You wait inline for an elevator and get shipped up to the top floor for the viewing deck where you get to see the city out of smudged windows that show on the photo's you're trying to take.

The one good aspect was that the workers there are very friendly and informative when asking where I should go for dinner
Soldier field for the Chicago Bear…
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vulindlela says:
Nice pictures!
Posted on: Mar 13, 2008

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