Sights to see: The Willis Tower

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Perhaps the most well-known attraction is none other than the monstrous Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower). Standing a whopping 1,535 feet in the air, the Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third largest building in the entire world, according to the Willis Tower website.

If you’re not afraid of heights, venture up to the top floor of the Willis Tower to get a jaw-dropping view of Chicago’s beautiful skyline. After the 60-second ear-popping elevator ride to the 103rd floor, you are at the top of the tower, often referred to as “the Ledge,” where you can see up to 50 miles away on a clear day in four different states, according to the Willis Tower website. The site also reports that the Ledge sees about 1.3 million visitors each year since its opening in 1974.

Recently, the Willis Tower has offered visitors an amazing new opportunity. Remember the scene in the popular 80’s movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when Ferris and his friends went to the top of the then Sears Tower, and they all put their foreheads on the glass to see the action of the city below them? Well now, visitors can have a similar experience with the brand new Skydeck.

The Skydeck is four different glass boxes that extend 4.3 feet outside of the building, each giving you a different view of the city, according to the Willis Tower website. Step into the box, look down and below your feet, you’ll see the bustling city of Chicago with nothing holding you up except that glass box. But don’t worry, the box is completely safe as it is easily retractable to be taken inside for any maintenance it might need.

The idea of stepping outside one of the tallest buildings in the world might sound a little scary, but you can get an idea of what it’s really like from The Skydeck Experience Video. This an attraction that every visitor must take advantage of while visiting Chicago. What are you waiting for? Take a chance and go out on the Ledge!

Photo by Stephanie Lynn

Photo by Stephanie Lynn


12 thoughts on “Sights to see: The Willis Tower

    • Haha I had to drag my friend on it. It was kinda scary because there was a group of little kids jumping up and down on the glass right before we went in. We were just hoping they didn’t knock something loose!

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