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Willis Tower / Skydeck Chicago, Chicago

Willis Tower / Skydeck Chicago, Chicago (must see)

Commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, Chicago's Willis Tower stands 108 stories high and for almost 25 years remained the world's tallest building having surpassed, upon its completion in 1973, the World Trade Center twin towers in New York. It also remained the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere up until 2014 when a new building at the reconstructed World Trade Center site was completed. Currently, the Willis Tower is the second-tallest building in the United States and the Western hemisphere, and the 16th-tallest in the world.

The Willis Tower observation deck, called the Skydeck, opened on June 22, 1974. Located on the 103rd floor at an elevation of 1,353 feet (412.4 m), it is the highest observation deck in the United States and one of Chicago's most famous tourist attractions. On a windy day, visitors can feel the building sway and, on a clear day, see far over the plains of Illinois and across Lake Michigan to Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Elevators take about 60 seconds to reach the top during which passengers are able to feel the pressure change as they move upward.

Why You Should Visit:
The views are genuinely stunning and, providing you have the stomach for it, you should definitely line up to step onto the Ledge – the glass box that juts out the side of the viewing floor – perfect for photo ops.

Tip:
The observatory is not very big but waiting for the actual glass bottom ledge takes a while, so try going straight to the ledge first to beat the crowd and then take your time to go around.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Willis Tower / Skydeck Chicago on Map

Sight Name: Willis Tower / Skydeck Chicago
Sight Location: Chicago, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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