Willis Tower

The Willis Tower, built as and still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, is a 110-story, 1,450-foot skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois.

For almost 25 years the Willis Tower, more commonly known as Sears Tower, held the title for the tallest building in the U.S. Second place isn’t bad, right? And as the 12th tallest in the world at a height of 1,451 feet, it is Chicago’s most beloved skyscraper.

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Where is it

The address of Willis Tower is 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606. Public transportation is easy because it’s in such a central location — off Blue, Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple and Red Lines on the ‘L.

Where to Park

Parking is available at 221 W. Adams, and purchasing a parking card in advance online will get you a discount.

When to Go

Skydeck Chicago is open 365 days a year from 9AM to 10PM April through September and 10AM to 8PM October through March. View at night for the romantic glittering cityscape, by day for the sweeping view of Lake Michigan.

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When should I visit?

April – Sept: 9:00AM – 10:00PM
Oct – March: 10:00AM – 8:00PM

How to get there

Take the L, walk, or drive.

Is it expensive?

$19.50

Will I need a guide?

Nope, but they are available if you want special insights into the building and its surroundings.

What people are saying about Willis Tower

★★★★★ We took visitors fm No. Carolina, and a couple weeks later, fm Canada.

It's our #1 tourist attraction when we have out of state or out of country viwitors.

★★★★★ Docent Javier was outstanding, excellent and quite knowledgeable.

Enjoyed the tour very much, despite the off-and-on ran drops. I've taken a similar tour several years ago with another operator. Both were quite inspiring, especially noting the new buildings that have been compleeted since the last time. I would recommend this to anyone.

★★★★★ This was the best thing we did on our first visit to Chicago.

I'm a civil engineer and my husband works in construction admin so we have somewhat of an interest in architecture, although we chose this tour because of the river. Not only did we enjoy it even more than we expected, our son and his two Navy sailor buddies enjoyed it. The boat was comfortable, the docent (Chris) was great and the drinks were awesome! It was a great deal.

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