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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Open all year long.
  • Blackout dates apply to attraction admission.
  • See 4 states, 50 miles, and a 360-degree view from 1,353 feet in the air.
  • Located on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower.

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Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

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

from Skydeck Chicago
No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to 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.

Select Black Out Dates Apply:
  • June 30 - July 4
  • September 1-3
  • October 8
  • November 5, 25 & 26
  • December 23, 24 & 31

Reserve Chicago Customer Reviews

52 Reviews
Susie Young
Oakland, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Easy"
July, 2018 NEW
No problem ordering tickets on their website
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Anna Benitez
Fort Worth, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Skydeck Chicago"
July, 2018 NEW
I recommend purchasing your tickets online through the reserve Chicago website, as it will save you some money and avoid waiting in the long lines. I recommend to also visit the skydeck on a weekday rather than the weekends when it's super packed. My boyfriend and I went on a Monday evening, and waited less than 5 minutes in the line to ride the elevator and take us to the 103rd story floor. The view was amazing! Especially at night when all the city lights were shining bright.
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Tip: Purchase your tickets online! Highly recommend it.

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Reserve Chicago Customer
Palmdale, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Save with Reserve Chicago"
June, 2018 NEW
I purchased 3 tickets for Skydeck through Reserve Chicago and saved about $8. In the morning, it was cloudy and the sky was dark but when we went up there around 3 pm, it was clear and could see everything. It was Wednesday June 6...there was no line. We could go over and over to take different pictures.
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Pooja Jeurkar
Chicago, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very Quick & Satisfactory"
June, 2018 NEW
I booked this ticket $5 less from regular price while I was in queue for tickets. It was really quick.
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Tip: look for deals or lesser price before you go to any siteseeing

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Analyn Montiel
Bartlett , IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Saving and no hassle"
June, 2018 NEW
It was easy to purchase tickets and big savings.
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Tip: Savings and at ease of your phone

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Nadine Remmy
Charlotte, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing view and great staff"
June, 2018 NEW
I‘m so glad that I chose to go to the Skydeck Chicago, it was totally worth it. When my friend and me got into the lobby of Willis Tower the staff nicely told us where we have to go to get the tickets for the Skydeck. After getting the ticket we went through the small museum and then to the elevator. The ride with the elevator was entertained by a video that compares the height of the floors that you’re skipping with sights all over the world. When we finally made it to the top (it only took like 30 seconds) it was so amazing! If it‘s not cloudy or rainy you can even see 4 states!! We stood in line for about half an hour to get to the glass area that’s stuck out and to take a picture with a wonderful view. The wait was absolutely worth it and I would definitely go up there another time if I can make it to Chicago again!
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gautam kumar
naperville, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"awesome skydeck"
June, 2018
It was an awesome experience. Though this was not my first visit, I enjoyed it completely with my family. I have learnt from my past experience that the skydeck is relatively less crowded on weekdays.
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Tip: try avoiding public holidays to get more time at the observation deck

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Jordyn Norrick
Springfield, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Chicago's Most Beautiful View"
June, 2018
Our only "tourist" visit in Chicago was the skydeck. I had been in the John Hancock building before and the view was fantastic, but this took it to another level. I loved getting to walk out on to the glass deck and see below. We enjoyed the experience, but the building was incredibly hot and we were unaware we would be waiting in another line to walk onto the deck once we got up to the top.
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Tip: You will wait in line... And again.

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Erin S
Houston, Texas
"Classic Chicago tourist stop does not disappoint"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2018 NEW
Purchase tickets online ahead of time to skip the line. You can also check it out during the day and come back later that night to gain another perspective. Also in true Chicago style, you can even order beers up there.
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shannenavila
victorville ca
"Must do!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2018 NEW
While in Chicago, one must really check out the Skydeck Chicago at the Willis Tower. Your best best is to go early in the morning to beat the crowds. The average wait throughout the day is about 2 hours for a 20-30 minute experience. With that said, you have fantastic views of the city with great photos opps.
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gracekibue
"Willis tower"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2018 NEW
Being on the ledge was one of the coolest experiences. If you do plan on visiting, make sure you purchase the fast pass. I bought regular tickets and spent 2.5 hours standing in line to go up to the Skydeck. The waiting in line kind of took away from this otherwise great experience. Buy the fast pass!
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OlliesMom04
South Carolina
"Spectacular View"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2018 NEW
This was one of the sights included in our City Pass. Yes, it's crowded and there's a long wait (1 hour) but the view is well worth it. Bring a good camera as the lighting can be tricky on the "Ledge." By the way, souvenirs are more expensive on the Skydeck. They're about half the price in the gift shop on the way out.
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ArizonaJT
Buckeye, Arizona
"Waste of Money. Too Crowded. Too Long of Wait."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2018 NEW
What a bummer !! I was so excited to go to the top of another skyscraper, but it was very disappointing. The line was over 1 1/2 hours long to just get on the elevator. A very long wait. (For $50 you can get a Fast Pass and go to the front of the line) Once we got to the Observation Level on the 103rd Floor, the area was packed with people and difficult to get to the windows for a view. There were well over 200 people waiting to go to the glass "Ledge" ... so we did not want to wait even more. The glass "Ledge" looked pretty cool, but not worth the wait. Also ... caution ... parking at the Willis Tower garage cost us $48.00 just for the parking. Overall, it was a very disappointing experience. One World Trade Center in New York was a significantly better skyscraper experience.
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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.