For a birds-eye view of Chicago, you can't miss a visit to Skydeck, an observatory that soars 1,353 feet above Chicago from the iconic Willis Tower. This unique viewing deck showcases panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan, and features the Ledge - a glass box that extends out of the Tower for incredible uninterrupted views. Thrillseekers will get a kick out of expanding their boundaries by stepping out over thin air, and all visitors will enjoy the chance to see for miles. Admission also includes the opportunity to learn more about Willis Tower via interactive displays and infographics.More Info Read Less
On a clear day, you can see four states – Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Visibility from the Skydeck is approximately 40-50 miles (65–80 kilometers). The average sway of the building is approximately 6 inches (152 millimeters) from true center, but the building is designed to sway up to 3 feet.
Step outside one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s reinforced glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck, and can support up to 10,000 lbs. Remember that scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off? The inspiration for The Ledge came from hundreds of forehead prints visitors left behind on Skydeck windows every week.
Challenge your fear threshold as you learn about the city through innovative, immersive activities, simulations and exhibits.
To The Top In 60 Seconds
The elevators in Willis Tower can travel up to 1,600 feet (488 meters) per minute, making them some of the fastest in the world. Visitors will feel the pressure change as they ascend 1,353 feet to Skydeck.