Welcome to Willis Tower … (Sears Tower)

When you look at a picture of the Chicago skyline, almost anyone could point out the Willis Tower. It is one of the most iconic buildings in Chicago, and even one of the most iconic buildings in the United States! Heck, we’ll say it – Willis Tower is one of the most iconic buildings in the world! The Willis tower is a beautiful sight from the streets, but you can also visit and explore this building from the inside.

Willis Tower History

The Willis Tower, formerly called the Sears Tower, is one of the top attractions in the city of Chicago. Until the Freedom tower was built in New York city, the Willis tower was the tallest building in the United States. It was also the tallest building in the western hemisphere! From 1973 to 1998, it was also the tallest building in the world and is currently in 19th place, so the height of this building has made it a Chicago icon. This building is so iconic and easy to find we start and finish our Total Loop Tour right outside their front doors. But the massive height is not the only reason you should visit this building during your time in Chicago.

Reasons to visit

The Willis Tower features a lovely skydeck which is a must see attraction. They even have a ledge, so you can stand above the city. One of the coolest features of the skydeck is that you can see four states up there! You will have views of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan if you look across Lake Michigan! In fact, people in southwest Michigan can see the Willis Tower on a clear day and can see it lit up at night. That is one spectacular building!

Cost & Tours

The cost of admission varies depending on what type of admission you want. Standard adult admission is $24, while youth admission is $16. You can purchase a ticket at anytime, and tickets are valid up until 6 months after purchase. If you have a Chicago Citypass, you can save 50% or more as well as save on admission to dozens of other places in Chicago. If you have a large group going with you, you can save on admission! This is perfect for larger family events.

Private events

For those who want a more intimate and memorable experience, the Willis Tower offers a special dining package. For roughly $200, you and one other person can share a meal in the Willis Tower while looking over the city! One of the coolest packages is called ‘Pie in the Sky’, where you are served a Chicago style deep dish pizza.

For those who are looking to spend some time in Chicago, try to make some time to explore this iconic Chicago building. Spending some time at the Skydeck is a fun and memorable experience, as well as a great way to view the city.


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