We have been to Chicago a couple of times and decided to visit the Skydeck this time. The tickets were a bit pricey and so are the pictures they take of you if you want them. The experience was great and the view was awesome. All of the employees were very friendly and helpful.
We traveled with my daughter's girl scout troop and highly recommend purchasing the city pass. We avoided long lines for tickets and went straight up the elevator to the top. Lines at the top to take photos on the skydeck were a bit long, but worth the wait for a group photo. The view was spectacular on this very clear summer day, in late afternoon on a Friday. We even got to stand where Ferris Bueller stood in the movie along with statues of the other characters looking down at the city.
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is no longer the tallest building. But this attraction brings droves of visitors for wonderful views of Chicago. The skydeck is also popular. But the small area in skydeck is not enough for viewing of many. So the queue is so long that most of the willing visitors are forced to return disappointed. The one in Sanghai in contrast has a long stretch and despite more crowd, many can enjoy the experience. However, contrary to the popularity perceptions, to me the John Hancock one was more enjoyablefor less crowd and for superior views.
We went here on a Thursday, early afternoon, mid summer. And, we must have timed it perfectly because there weren't many people there. Though they were set up for a big crowd (lots of line queue separators like at airport security). Perhaps it was the slightly more cloudy day, but we got to see just fine out the windows. The landmark displays on each side of the building could use some updating (I.e. Maggie Daly park is still all trees). But the glass window cutouts are a fun activity to do at the top...for those who aren't afraid of heights. Skip the wait for the other window boxes and get your picture taken by them in that window box (with no obligation). If you're going to buy the momento picture, that one is way better than the green screen picture you take in the basement (that they overlay on the skyline).
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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.
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