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  • Chicago: Willis Tower Skydeck and The Ledge Ticket

    1. Chicago: Willis Tower Skydeck and The Ledge Ticket

    Enjoy an unrivaled view over the city of Chicago on a trip up the city's Willis Tower. This famous building, once known as the Sears Tower, is not only home to a Skydeck on the 103rd floor, but it also features The Ledge, a series of 4 glass-paneled boxes that extend out from the building's facade to give visitors a view straight down. As you wind through the ground levels of the Willis Tower, you will be surrounded by museum-quality exhibits highlighting the iconic tower. Learn about Chicago's rich history and culture through these informative visuals. Watch a video presentation, "Reaching for the Sky," where you will be briefed on the history of the building and of architecture in Chicago. Then step into your elevator and you will be amazed at how quickly it ascends. As you travel, your multimedia-equipped elevator will inform you about your vertical progress. Upon reaching the 1...

    It was amazing. If you’re visiting Chicago you definitely have to go here. Beautiful pictures from up here

  • Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Cruise

    2. Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Cruise

    Experience more of Chicago than on any other architectural cruise as you travel not only the main Chicago River but also the North Branch of the river (as far as the Old Montgomery Ward Building) and the South Branch of the river (nearly as far as Chinatown). View all of Chicago's architectural highlights during this comprehensive sightseeing tour. Be entertained by the expert and friendly tour guides as they explain the 130 year-long history behind the skyline, while bartenders and staff keep you comfortable with refreshments.  Choose between the fresh air of the open-air decks or enjoy the comfort of the climate-controlled interiors during your cruise. The tour starts at the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) bridge and goes up the main branch of the Chicago River past Wolf Point, and cruises along the north and south branches of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk toward...

    The tour was great. The only problem was when my wife and I were checking in and the young man said that my ticket was invalid. The only reason we were able to go on the tour is that there was another gentleman there who knew that I had already purchased two tickets

  • Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

    3. Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

    Climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise vessel for a 60- or 75-minute cruise of all three branches of the Chicago River, and marvel at the architecture that has made the city so legendary. Get an insight into the buildings and engineering of a city that gave birth to the skyscraper and is the spiritual home of modern American architecture. Your expert guide will lead you down the Chicago River to uncover hidden gems, as well the city’s most renowned landmarks, such as the John Hancock building, Trump Tower, and more. Relax with a glass of something cold from the cash bar, as you cruise the Windy City’s waterway, and learn its status as a modern metropolis and one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

    we certainly learned a lot on the boat. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable and the whole crue made us feel welcomed . i will recommend this short boat ride to anyone interested in history and architecture.

  • Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

    4. Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

    Admire Chicago’s impressive architecture from a unique perspective aboard a 45-minute cruise sailing down the Chicago River, which features a full-service cash bar and live commentary tailored to entertain the whole family. Experience the best of the Chicago River from Lakeshore Drive to the Willis Tower, navigating along the South branch of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan. Be entertained by the fun and experienced tour guides as they explain the history behind Chicago’s buildings along the river and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing skyline. Enjoy the most relaxing way to sightsee in Chicago- a perfect way to explore the city free of traffic noise and congestion. Make sure to visit the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products, including local beer and spirits. Explore the o...

    We had a great time! Shorter ride was perfect for young kids. Boat was clean and staff was friendly.

  • Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour

    5. Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour

    From your vantage point on the double-decker sightseeing bus you'll enjoy panoramic views of Chicago’s finest skyscrapers, including the 875 N Michigan, the Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building. Take in the city's impressive landmarks as your tour guide provides entertaining commentary and insight into Chicago's history. Enjoy exploring this dynamic city with the freedom to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish to visit attractions such as the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. You’ll travel down the famous Magnificent Mile, considered one of the great avenues of the world, and continue across the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River. The bridge connects the north and south sides of the city. This hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Chicago makes it easy for you to explore the city's sights at your own pace. There are 13 stops, where you can hop-off to visit attractions and...

    Great way to get around town and to all best attractions without paying for a can or taxi and with the plus of getting information about the different attractions along the way.

  • Chicago: Lake Michigan Gourmet Brunch/Lunch/Dinner Cruise

    6. Chicago: Lake Michigan Gourmet Brunch/Lunch/Dinner Cruise

    Cruise for 2 or 3 hours on Lake Michigan and see the sights of Chicago from a luxury boat, The Odyssey. Board the boat at Navy Pier and enjoy a personal greeting. Smile for the ship's photographer to capture the memory, then embark on an elegant dining cruise along the Chicago shoreline. After being seated at your private table, tuck into your gourmet brunch buffet or 3-course lunch or dinner consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily by the on-board executive chef. After your meal, dance to the live music or relax on any of the 3 climate-controlled decks as you watch the skyscrapers of Chicago's distinctive skyline glide by. SAMPLE LUNCH AND DINNER MENU Starters (choice of one): Caesar Salad Lobster Bisque (dinner only) Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail (dinner only, available for additional price) Seafood Tower (dinner only, available fo...

    Thought there would be more dancing and the trip would be 3 hours and not 2 and a half.

  • Chicago CityPASS®: Save 50% on 5 Top Attractions

    7. Chicago CityPASS®: Save 50% on 5 Top Attractions

    Take in incredible views, fascinating science, world-class art, and more with Chicago CityPASS® tickets that include premium admission to Chicago’s top attractions and save travelers 50% off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. The CityPASS system is simple. Simply present your mobile (or printed) ticket to be scanned at any of the 5 attractions for entry. What exactly can you experience with the CityPASS ticket? One-stop is the Shedd Aquarium, where you can see otters, lizards, whales, and dolphins – and much, much more. Shedd Aquarium is home to more than 32,000 animals, housed under one octagonal dome. You can also take in breathtaking views at Skydeck, which stands 1,353 feet above the city. The Field Museum is on the list too, home of “Sue” the world’s largest T. Rex. There are two option tickets that give you access to either the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck or th...

    It was pandemic crazy. Everybody everywhere. Having those passes helped the boys and I get into places and events without jumping through reservation hoops. A relaxing vacation, go figure.

  • Chicago: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

    8. Chicago: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

    The Chicago All-Inclusive Pass by Go City provides free admission to the city’s top activities, attractions, and tours, offering the ultimate in convenience, savings, and flexibility. Choose durations of 1, 2, 3 or 5 days at a low, pre-paid price. Save up to 45 percent compared to buying individual attraction tickets. The more you see, the more you save! Take a trip up to SkyDeck Chicago, visit the Field Museum, have fun at Navy Pier, and enjoy a cruise. All these and more are included in the cost of your Chicago All-Inclusive Pass. See the complete list below. The Chicago All-Inclusive Pass comes with a digital guide including useful attraction information. Use it to help you decide what to do, where to go and how to get there. Activities, attractions, and tours included with the Chicago All-Inclusive Pass: • Shedd Aquarium • SkyDeck Chicago • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago: 1-Day Cla...

    En general es bueno. Solo que en algunos lugares tu boleto esta condicionado a horarios especificos.

  • Chicago Explorer Pass: Over 25 Tours and Attractions

    9. Chicago Explorer Pass: Over 25 Tours and Attractions

    Save up to 40% off the retail price of admission at 25 top Chicago attractions and tours for 1 low price. Visit top sites such as the Navy Pier, Skydeck Chicago and The Field Museum. Create your own itinerary using the free map and guidebook. Explore at your own pace on a hop-on and hop-off trolley tour and lake and river cruises. Enjoy the flexibility to choose the attractions when you get to Chicago, and do as much as you want each day. Included Attractions: Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Chicago: 1-Day Classic Tour 360 CHICAGO Navy Pier Centennial Wheel and Rides Adler Planetarium Ten Pin Bowling Lounge America Writers Museum Shoreline Architecture River Cruise Shoreline Classic Lake Tour Field Museum Museum of Science and Industry LEGOLAND Discovery Center Bike Chicago: 4 Hour Bike Rental Tall Ship WINDY The Escape Game Chicago Big Bus Chicago: Panoramic Night Tour Chicago Children's Museum...

    This is a good pass worth the money. However I gave it 4 not 5 stars because my only issue is how 360 makes you do reservations online but their website continues to have system errors making it hard to book if you can book. I've been trying to reserve this time slot and can't cause all I get is a technical error screen. And you can't get anyone on the phone. Very frustrating.

  • Chicago: History, Culture and Architecture Walking Tour

    10. Chicago: History, Culture and Architecture Walking Tour

    Start your tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater (which you might recognize from the movie-musical Chicago) before heading off into the bustling city. Your first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago, featuring an unforgettable atrium at its core. Then head towards the Chicago Pedway, a uniquely Chicago feature used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels. Afterward, head back above-ground near City Hall and head inside to see the classic interior design and architecture. Next, enjoy a sweet treat, and local tradition: Chicago-style popcorn. Weather permitting, take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Willis Tower. From there, either hop on the ‘L’ train or a water taxi o...

    I had an amazing time on this tour! In my opinion, the walking tour allowed me to see so much more of the city, up close and from my own personal viewpoint. The tour guides were very friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. We were even given "Garrett's Popcorn" and "Fannie May Chocolate" as some sweet treats. I highly recommend this tour, and I'm so glad that I did it!!

Planning Your Visit

  • 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.

  • Admission

    The basic price for adult admission is $19.50. A variety of ticketing bundles with other Chicago attractions, like a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, are available.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    April - Sept: 9:00AM - 10:00PM |
    Oct - March: 10:00AM - 8:00PM
  • 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.
  • How to get there
    Take the L, walk, or drive.
  • Additional information
    As with other spectacular views, the best times to visit the SkyDeck are in the early morning and around sunset.

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What people are saying about Willis Tower

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,926 reviews

Jack, our guide, made the tour! He was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining! It’s probably one of the best guided tours I’ve taken and I’ve traveled around the world. He’s a keeper!

I've been on a few different boat tours and this one was amongst the best. Very engaging and informative guide.

We had a great time! Shorter ride was perfect for young kids. Boat was clean and staff was friendly.

The overall experience was excellent. The guide was absolutely knowledgeable.

Absolutely loved seeing the architecture of Chicago!