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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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from Skydeck Chicago
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

25 Reviews sorted by:
Amy Dobrian
Anaheim, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Skydeck Chicago"
August, 2016 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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
Black Jack, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"From the St. Louisan's Perspective"
August, 2016 NEW
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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Natalia Becerra
Chaska , MN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"amazing"
August, 2016 NEW
it was such a nice experience. the view was amazing. if you go to Chicago you can't lost the opportunity to go to skydeck!
Tip: have time and patience to go, because it takes almos 1 hour and half to go to the top

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Tanya Pearson
Hoffman Estates, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
August, 2016 NEW
By reserving before hand we did save some time in line. It was a great experience and very cool on the ledge.
Tip: It get very crowded. Go early! Pick a day that is clear outside.

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Kevin Endres
Milton, VT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
August, 2016 NEW
Great experience to see the city on a beautiful day. The step out glass boxes are a neat addition!
Tip: Late afternoon is a good time to avoid crowds

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Tracy Thurman
Henderson , NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The Ledge"
August, 2016 NEW
Purchasing our tickets prior to arrival was a huge time saver. The line to purchase tickets was over an hour long - we skipped the line. The sky deck was great. We loved standing over the city. It's a must see for everyone visiting Chicago.
Tip: Definitely get your tickets prior to going to the sky deck.

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Meganathan Malli Viswanathan
Bloomington, MN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Easy & good experience"
August, 2016 NEW
Hi,

It was easy booking and overall we had a nice experience with reserve direct.

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Jim Stage
Roseville , MN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Thrill and beauty"
August, 2016 NEW
The view was amazing and the window you can step out on was so cool and thrilling!
Tip: A lot of cool things to learn and read while waiting in line. So worth not taking the fast pass.

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Melissa Jordan
Corona, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Tons of fun"
August, 2016 NEW
So much fun to be so high up!! Selfies for days with that backdrop.

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Keaira L.
Wichita , KS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Sky ledge!!"
July, 2016
There was a 2 HR wait bt the line moved quickly! I liked the fact I could order tickets ahead of time online which saved us wait time and also saved us money! Beautiful view! Wish I took more picks on the ledge!
Tip: Buy tickets ahead of time online! Also try to go as early as possible!

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Sonja Fuqua
Dickinson, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Memories made!"
July, 2016
I made a trip to Chicago 6 years ago with my son and absolutely fell in love with Chicago! Just got back from taking my daughter! Now we all want to move from Texas! The Sky Deck is our favorite site! Love the history! Love the view!
Tip: If the wait seems long don't worry! The history lesson in line is worth the wait!

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Reserve Chicago Customer
Orem, UT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Must see"
June, 2016
Website was easy to use. The Skydeck is a must see in Chicago. So much history and excitement! Well worth it!
Tip: If you buy online you can skip the LONG ticket lines

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June Mock
Norfolk , NE
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"great trip"
June, 2016
the skydeck in Chicago is great. would definiately go there again. it was the first time I had been there

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Bryce Lokey
Chicago, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Willis Tower Sky Deck"
June, 2016
We had a great time visiting the skydeck. It was much faster to buy the tickets online prior to arrival so that we could skip a large portion of the line.

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Patricia Storey
Sharpsburg, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome View!"
June, 2016
A must do in Chicago!
Tip: Buy tickets online and go early and if you can go on a weekday.

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Dominique Van rheede
Carmel , IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Majestic views"
June, 2016
There are really no words one can use to describe just how amazing a 360 view of Chicago we get from the sky deck. I'm sure Picasso would interpret it into a masterpiece. I had a wonderful time.
Tip: Get there so that you watch the sun set. Make sure to book tickets through reserve Chicago to skip lines.

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Raymond J.
Ann Arbor, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Experience"
June, 2016
Going on the skydeck provides you with the best view that you can ever get of Chicago (Unless you are on an airplane). Well worth the price. The view is breathtaking, especially if you step out into the glass space where you are literally standing in mid-air.
Tip: Your ears will pop on the way up to the skydeck. Bring gum or be prepared to yawn to clear your ears.

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Amruta Ghule
Woburn , MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"It's a super fantabulous experience"
June, 2016
It was my first visit and people recommended me to visit the sky deck for once for the experience. I loved the whole view and the glass space in order to walk and feel on top of the world . It was a different experience altogether I was soo scared to walk on the glass. Clicked a picture and framed it on my wall. It's a completely mesmerizing jeopardy . Loved it !
Tip: It's one of the things in the to do list when you visit Chicago !

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Paulo Tarelo
Minneapolis, MN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best trip"
June, 2016
Was great experience here. Lot of fun and great places to
Tip: Great view

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Michael Chen
Houston , TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"On the top of Chicago"
June, 2016
During the summer time, its always really pack on the deck. the Deck has a 360 view of the town. The tower is located of the west side away from downtown, which gives u ability to see the other skyscraper. A great Michigan lake view, midway airport and you can see the Willamette baha'i
Tip: check the weather, you won't be able to see anything if its fogged up.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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ncsalsero
Raleigh, Nc
"Beautiful views of downtown Chicago and beyond"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW
Beautiful views of downtown Chicago and beyond. Go early in the day to avoid long lines. Binoculars might be useful if you have them with you.
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Megan S
Lindsay, Texas
"LINES LINES LINES"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2016 NEW
We went to Skyjack Chicago on our recent visit. While, it was really cool to see those views, the lines were TERRIBLE. TERRIBLE. And we went on a Sunday evening around 6 p.m...a time that we thought would be slower. I couldn't imagine going on a Saturday in the afternoon. One of the most frustrating parts was once you actually get up there..you have to stand in line to stand on the glass observation deck and people take A TON of photos of themselves..so many selfies. I don't understand why people can't just stand on the glass, enjoy the view, snap a quick picture and let someone else have their turn. There is no-one monitoring these lines so people can take as much or as little time as they want. It was really ridiculous..people would take multiple pictures in multiple poses--sitting, standing, group, individual. It just got frustrating and we were ready to get out of there..only to stand in another line to get back down the elevator. All in all, the views are GORGEOUS and standing on the glass is really cool. But set aside a few hours for this attraction because the lines are brutal. I think next time we'd try Hancock...we heard later on that lines aren't usually as bad there and the views are just as beautiful. Tip--buy your tickets beforehand because its another long line if you don't. We had our tickets via our Go Chicago Explorer pass which saved us some time in another line.
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2greene
United States
"This was awesome!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2016 NEW
It was a nice experience and yes, you have a longer wait if you don't pay for the $49 fastpass ticket to bypass the mini video, but the information is kind of interesting. The views from above are amazing! I am glad I was able to go with someone who wasn't afraid of heights. You actually don't notice completely how high up you are when in the glass box. You mainly see a glass floor.
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NZ_Wine_Traveller
Wellington, New Zealand
"Expensive but certainly a good view"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2016 NEW
Spectacular 360 degree views and lots of great photo opportunities. Certainly a great way to get a feel for the city and environs. I did think facility needs a little TLC. For example, the floor level indicator on our lift did not work and fittings at viewing area a bit dated and 'touristy'.
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Mark B
"Chicago vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2016 NEW
Willis building sky deck. Recommend use of City Pass, eliminated most lines reviewers complain about. I have Zero complaints with City Pass. 4:00pm visit. Blue sky's ,great views. Recommend

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.