Willis Tower

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Willis Tower Chicago Reviews

cotton_foam cotton_f…
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Chicago's 'defining factors'! Oct 24, 2013
The Willis Tower is something that definitely one of Chicago's defining factors! This is absolutely an activity you want to do at some point or another! Here are my reasons why:

It is a great attraction. It is a perfect spot to see the entire city from up above especially on a clear and sunny day. Imagine being able to see all the rooftops of those skyscrapers because you are standing in the tallest building not just in Chicago but in the U.S.! But it is not just that you also get an amazing experience looking towards miles and miles of stretched lands, highways and of course the very deep blue water of the Michigan Lake.

If you have fear of heights, maybe this is a good place to beat that incapacitating fear! Step on the ledge and you get that triumphant feeling that at one point you made it indeed! It makes you feel awed being able to stand on the ledge at such height. I loved the experience being on the ledge even though at first I was shaking but as soon as I got my equilibrium, I was fine! The only turn off to me was that the ledge was jam-packed with people during our visit. I wish I have known a time where there are less visitors. My reason for that is because it was very hard to take shots that can show a better perspective of the entire ledge experience. I could have taken a picture of me walking on the glass ledge have there been not much people crowding in. Anyways, my word of advice is to find out a time of the day where the ledge becomes a little unpopulated! Although, I doubt if there is a time but it doesn’t hurt to find out—well, that is if you want to take a better photo shoot.

It is also a great place for family and kids! Yes, the queue might be long (as Rapunzel’s hair) but the wait is worth it! As soon as you start falling in line the excitement begins --due to various interactive displays of informative datas and factual knowledge about the tower! My daughter and I have personally enjoyed reading all those interesting information! Take time to read even those ones displayed on the center of the observation deck! The center displays shows a lot about the city’s history. You do not want to go straight to the glass ledge. Look around and enjoy the sceneries. It will be nice also to be able to recognize and name each high-rise building from the horizon just for the fun of it! Try to spend as much time as you can up there to get your money’s worth.

If one of your favorite subjects for taking pictures is “night photography” I recommend you go up the tower while the sun is about to set which gives you a chance to see the city before dark and after dark and then all the city lights will be on! We did not have this chance though but it must be magical!

If your interest is architecture take time to examine the imposing front façade of the Willis Tower. It is one of the most spectacular buildings in Chicago. It stands out not only because it is the tallest in the Chicago skyline but also because it is one of the most beautiful. It has a sleek design and color (blackish).

Before ascending to the top you might want to watch a 10-minute movie about the history of the Sears Tower. You may skip it if you want but I recommend you stay and watch it as well.

The elevator that takes you up to the 103rd floor in just a matter of seconds! My ears popped while going up so just bring some gum to chew on when going up the elevator. Although, the elevator is totally crammed (like sardines!) we enjoyed the ride, nonetheless! It was amusing to see the changing of floor numbers and then finally shows up the 103rd!

After our tour at the observation deck we swing by at the souvenir shop where I bought a teaspoon for my collection. I also bought a door sign for my son that has his name on. There is also a cafeteria and they serve hotdogs (one of the two foodies my niece told me to try while in Chicago. I wanted to eat there but my host decided we should eat somewhere else.

I am proud of myself that I made it to the top! I have a terrible fear of heights so I had to bite my lip and go along with the venture but once on the ledge it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I am so glad I have done it and had the experience.
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simsing says:
Awww.....my Chi-town! I miss Chicago so much that right now I am avoiding looking at anything that reminds me of it.
But I read it and saw the photos :(
Great review, May! When did you visit?
Posted on: Oct 27, 2013
cotton_foam says:
Cho & Vance: although the line was long at that time we were there, maybe we only waited for 20-25 min before it was our turn to hopped into the elevator...

Bill: In San Antonio, I wanted to visit the Tower of America...but my companions were not interested so...i didn't insist...

Ms Judy and James: ;-)
Posted on: Oct 24, 2013
Hummingbird says:
Neither of us could stand being up there with the glass under our feet. :)
Posted on: Oct 24, 2013
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montecarlostar montecar…
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Been there twice... would go again Oct 24, 2013
Willis Tower is the tallest skycraper in the Western Hemisphere, although soon to be topped by the One World Trade Center, which is expected to be completed in 2013.

That alone is reason enough to visit its skydeck. The price is $18 for adults. I recommend going there at night as it is when the view is the most impressive. Before going up, they will take your picture, which you can buy in printout once you leave the tower or you can later download it from their website.

Once on top, the view is of course amazing. You can also stand on top of the glass floor if you dare.

The Willis Tower is a symbol of Chicago and it's a must, specially for first comers!!
My picture taken at the Sky Deck!
4 / 4 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
montecarlostar says:
There was very few people there! Actually I've been to the Willis tower two times around 7 PM and I haven't had to wait at all... and the view is spectactular!
Posted on: Nov 05, 2013
vances says:
How long was the wait at night? Was just in Chicago and dropped in on Willis on a rainy Saturday afternoon --- were informed it would be a two hour wait so we passed...
Posted on: Nov 04, 2013
sunflowereyes427 sunflowe…
1 reviews
A Chicago Legend Oct 11, 2011
Travel to the top of the Willis Tower, once known as the Sears tower, in a speedy elevator. The tower is 103 stories tall. When you get to the 103rd floor, the Skydeck awaits you, 1,353 feet above ground level. From the Skydeck there are many sights to see such as Lake Michigan and the Hancock Tower. On a windy day, you will be able to feel the building sway back and forth. People can also experience the glass balconies that hang over the city below. This is an epic experience.
Over looking the city
The John Hancock Tower
John Hancock Tower
2 / 2 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
sunflowereyes427 says:
Yes, if you make it out this way, this is a must!
Posted on: Oct 12, 2011
travpro11 says:
Thanks for sharing the pics! Now I'm more impatient to make it to Chicago so I can check out this spectacular view!
Posted on: Oct 11, 2011

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