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Skydeck Chicago in Chicago, IL

Willis Tower 103rd FloorChicago, IL 60606
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Overview

Located on the 103rd floor of the former Sears Tower, Skydeck Chicago offers a unique way to see The Windy City and beyond from a jaw-dropping 1,353 feet in the air. Open 365 days a year, this exciting attraction also offers museum-quality exhibits, a fascinating theater presentation and more. Guests can step out on The Ledge’s glass boxes, which extend about 4.3 feet from the Skydeck.

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Amy Wallace

What an incredible view of Chicago! Skydeck has done well in keeping you entertained and informed while you wait. You can choose between a professional photograph on the ledge or capture your own photographs. My favorite time is sunset, but as you can guess a lot of others agree.

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Description

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No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago! Enjoy 360-degree views spanning up to 50 miles and 4 states and our most spectacular view—1,353 feet straight down! "Dare to Stand Out" on The Ledge—glass balconies extending 4.3 feet outside the building provide a thrilling, once in a lifetime experience!

The Skydeck experience is all new from the ground up. Discover the best of Chicago as you make your way up to the 103rd floor. New museum-quality exhibits and interactive technology highlight the iconic tower and celebrate Chicago’s rich history and culture through captivating visuals. Your trip to Skydeck Chicago will be an unforgettable experience!

Capacity may be restricted and subject to availability. Skydeck Chicago will not issue refunds for low visibility, long wait times, and/or circumstances outside their control. Hours are subject to change without notice.

Reserve Chicago Customer Reviews

26 Reviews
Amy Wallace
Springfield, MO
4 Reviews
"Incredible views!"
September, 2016
Incredible views! Skydeck is one way you must see the city!

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Amy Dobrian
Anaheim, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Skydeck Chicago"
August, 2016
Its so beautiful views! Its worth it to go! Thanks for having us!
Tip: History and check it out!

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Reserve Chicago Customer
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience!"
August, 2016
Skydeck Chicago was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone visiting Chicago. Go early in the morning to avoid long lines and bring a selfie-stick for great pictures of the city below!
Tip: line-ups can be long so go early!

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Lisa Gibson
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Worth the money! Great view!"
August, 2016
This is a wonderful attraction!!! The view from the 103rd floor is spectacular! We enjoyed the facts and fun reads along the way. It was great that there were maps so you could find some important spots from that high up! Definitely worth every penny!
Tip: I would buy tickets online earlier. Saves time for sure! Also get there very shortly after it opens because the line gets big fast!!!

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Shashank Singh
College Station, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Ultimate"
August, 2016
There experience was once in a lifetime
Tip: You feel like you're on top of the world

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Terresa Amidei
Indio, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Must see Chicago attraction"
August, 2016
Above the skyline with a four-state view. Test your fear factor by stepping into a glass box 103 stories up!
Tip: It is humid, and the staging line can be long

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Esther Ryan
Glen Burnie, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"No waiting, no lines, superb experience!"
August, 2016
We purchased tickets online to avoid waiting in line for tickets. We went in the evening since we were in Chicago for our convention and did not have free time during the day. I was simply amazed by the view and all the beautiful lights. The glass ledges were scary to me at first but the staff there helped us feel at ease and we all participated - even the two members who swore they would never do it! I am happy we ended up going at night, the view couldn't have been more beautiful and by the end of our look around the sky deck clouds were enveloping the building and it appeared we were standing on the clouds. I couldn't imagine a better experience.
Tip: Purchasing tickets on line ahead of time saves a lot of time and frustration. Also, if you back into the first glass box, it is a lot less stressful and by the time you get to the last box in the line, you are strolling right on in.

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Abegail Cruz
Saint Louis, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"From the St. Louisan's Perspective"
August, 2016
I agree with one of the reviewer that purchasing my voucher in advance saved me time. I did, however, have to stand in-line to swap the voucher for the actual tickets. It would be even better if there is an option to purchase the actual tickets. I would even pay a small fee for it. It was nice that I purchased my tickets from Reserve Direct because I know that I can easily contact customer service if I had any issues redeeming my voucher.

It was my family's first visit (except for my brother). For tourist and locals, I recommend going to Skydeck Chicago and going to the Ledge. It gives you the "birds eye view" of the city. Just be prepare to be in-line to go up the top and to go back to main entrance.
Tip: * Have your tickets printed and ready * Best time to go is right when it opens. Otherwise, be prepared to stand in-line for about two hours

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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mike110742
Burlington, Vermont
"prepare for waits in lines that can be a long time"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
This is a potentially lovely place. The traffic control is FAIR. It's NOT on Wacker, it's around the corner on Jackson. Great views, excessive selling and wakiting
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HMatias
London, United Kingdom
"Wonderful view of the city and that's all..."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
Found it quite expensive just to have a nice view of the city... plus if is busy you don't have much time to take your own pictures...
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hueycze
Penang Island, Malaysia
"Amazing View!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
We reach about 3PM, it took around 40 minutes to queue and take the elevator to the top. I guess is because of long weekend and there were crowds. The wait is worth, when we reach the top, what we see is really beautiful~ My bucket list in chicago checked!
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TL4553
Indianapolis, Indiana
"So disappointed....."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2017 NEW
We visited on Saturday night about 6:30 pm. We had City Passes so skipped the lines for tickets, which was great but it was such a madhouse on the observation floor, we never made it to the glass boxes. They did a good job managing the lines for tickets and managing people on and off the elevators with plenty of staff to direct traffic but...... when you got to the part of the big room where the glass boxes were, there was no direction at all. No traffic control, no staff that I saw, no organized lines to get a turn in the boxes, just a mad crush of people. We tried for about 45 minutes to push our way to a box and finally gave up. We did get close enough to see that even if you did make it in a box, people are so crammed in around you, you wouldn't be able to get a photo. Don't be fooled by the advertising that shows you would have room to maybe take a photo of your kids with the view behind - you would not be able to stand two feet away from them because you would be smashed in like a bad elevator. It would be a nice attraction if you go at a slow time but if it is going to be that busy, they need to figure out a system to regulate the traffic flow because it is absolutely horrible the way it is today.
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Chanelle C
Huntsville, Alabama
"Walking on Air"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2017 NEW
We went on a Sunday. My theory with top attractions like this, it is important to get there at least 30 min prior to opening to avoid, long lines and waits. This can be one of those places. We arrived at 930, doors opened at 10, we were to the elevator to go up by 1030. That includes taking their picture with the green screen. If I had purchased tickets online, it would have been faster. They said they give a military discount, so we had to do in person. Come to find out, only to the military member, does not extend to spouse or kids. It is a free ticket for that person. A little frustrating... the manager said he could do nothing even though it wasn't clear or stated on their website. When the manager left, the ticket salesman was so kind. He felt the policy was wrong and sold us two children's tickets. I didn't want him to get in trouble, but he says that they can do that when there is a problem and the manager could have done it. Good people everywhere. That young man needed to be the manager!! Tip: When you get to the top.... go directly to the ledge windows. I'd recommend the one all the way to the right where they take your pic. You are not obligated to buy. My 18 year old daughter insisted on going to the bigger boxes where 3 lines formed and 3 different groups could stand on it at once. She realized she made a mistake. It wasn't only crowded which increased fear because the amount of weight, but also in the morning it is hard to see the person on the ledge you are photographing due to light and reflection. We would have been more comfortable on the smaller box, been able to take our pictures without people getting in the way and be guaranteed at least one good picture if we wanted taken by the house photographer. After enjoy the views out of all of the windows. If buying souvenirs other than ones that say The Ledge, know that most of it can be found in other places much cheaper. they do have food in that area to eat if you are hungry. A definite thing you should do!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Skydeck Chicago

When is the last entry?
Last entry is 30 minutes prior to close.

What is the Ledge?
The Ledge is a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower.

Is the Skydeck accessible to the disabled?
Yes, it is. Ramps make wheelchair access easy and the elevators can easily accommodate wheelchairs and scooters.