See breathtaking views of Chicago from the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building. No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to Willis Tower Chicago. Make it your first stop for a 360-degree view spanning over 50 miles and 4 states that you can’t get anywhere else. The skyscrapers, sports stadiums, sculptures, green roofs, the expanse of Lake Michigan and miles of lakeshore – that is what you will see from the top of the Sears Tower. A recent addition, The Ledge, affords visitors a one-of-a-kind experience of Chicago through a glass floor, 1,353 feet above street level!
At the time of its completion in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center towers in New York, and it held this rank for nearly 25 years.
The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United Statesand the seventh-tallest freestanding structure in the world. The skyscraper is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago, and over one million people visit its observation deck each year.
On July 16, 2009, the building was officially renamed the Willis Tower to Sears Tower. The Sears Tower observation deck, called the Skydeck, opened on June 22, 1974. Located on the 103rd floor of the tower, it is 1,353 feet (412 m) above ground and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Chicago.
Tourists can experience how the building sways on a windy day. They can see far over the plains of Illinois and across Lake Michigan to Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin on a clear day.
The top of the Willis Tower is the highest point in Illinois. The tip of its highest antenna is 1,730 feet (527.3 m) above street level or 2,325 feet (708 m) above sea level, its roof is 1,450 feet 7 inches (442.14 m) above street level or 2,046 feet (623 m) above sea level, the 103rd floor observation deck (The Sky deck) is 1,353 feet (412 m) above street level or 1,948 feet (593 m) above sea level, the Wacker Drive main entrance is 595 feet (181 m) above sea level.
Elevators take tourists to the top in about 60 seconds, and allow tourists to feel the pressure change as they rise up.
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