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Skydeck Ledge

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CHICAGO AT YOUR FEET

The Ledge transforms how visitors experience Chicago. At 1,353 feet up, The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor, providing never-before-seen views of the city.

The tower is a world-renowned building, a Chicago icon. The eighth-tallest building in the world, it remains the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall.

Willis Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago, home to more than 100 companies including prominent law, insurance, transportation and financial services. The iconic building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, encompassing more than 4.5 million square feet, including its Skydeck and 103rd floor glass viewing platform, The Ledge, which attracts more than 1.3 million visitors every year.

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Whether it is braving The Ledge or learning about The Windy City, visitors get a 'one stop Chicago' experience on their journey to 103.

The Skydeck offers a breathtaking view of the city of Chicago. This is a great opportunity to climb the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), the worlds tallest building from 1974 until 1998, and see the beautiful architecture of the city and its endless views of Lake Michigan.

The more adventurous can go to the "The Ledge", the newest acquisition of the Skydeck, allowing the visitor to walk out on a 4' glass floor viewing the city in a different perspective.

Inclusions:

  • Admission to Skydeck Chicago & "The Ledge"
  • Video and interactive exhibits
  • Hearing- assistance receivers available for video


Exclusions:

Souvenir photographs

Additional info:

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair, scooter and stroller accessible
Skylights Tour is available in English, Spanish, German and Japanese, and also in written script

Voucher info:

Skydeck vouchers are good for 1 year from the date you select when booking. You must present the printed voucher for this attraction. We will email you a link to access and print your voucher. 

If you are travelling and/or do not have access to a printer, you can make arrangements to print your voucher at this Fedex Office location near to the Willis tower:

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center
29 S La Salle St G
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: (312) 578-8520

You will need to go to their office or call ahead and email them your voucher from and they can print it out for you for approx $0.25.  

If you are staying at a hotel in the Chicago area, you may  also be able to have the hotel front-desk staff print out your voucher for you.

If you are interested in this you should also check out the Adler Planetarium or the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry.

More Information

At 1,353 feet and 110 stories above the streets of downtown Chicago, The Ledge at the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower)  Skydeck will transform any visitor's--or local's for that matter--experience with the Windy City. In January 2009, Willis Tower owners began a major renovation of the beloved Skydeck, which originally opened in 1974, and served as a premier tourist attraction throughout the skyscraper's tenure as the Sears Tower. When ownership changed hands, the fresh blood added a fresh look--and adrenaline rush--to the 103rd floor in the form of retractable glass balconies extending about 4 feet over Wacker Drive and the Chicago River below. Still the 8th tallest building in the world, and the absolute tallest in the Western Hemisphere, Willis Tower's Skydeck draws 1.5 million people a year who are eager to ascend the 110-story, 1,454 foot (443 meter) building for awesome panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside. 

Your journey to the top of the Willis Tower starts with a walk through an airport-style metal detector, followed by a slow elevator ride down to the waiting area where visitors queue for tickets. A sign will tell you how long you'll have to wait to get up high; this is a good time to confirm the visibility. Even days that seem sunny can have upper-level haze that limits the view. On good days, however, you can see for 40 to 50 miles (64 to 80 kilometers), as far as the states of Indiana, Michigan. Iowa, and Wisconsin.

While you wait, you can watch a film about Willis Tower factoids. Then you'll wait a little longer before the ear-popping, 70 second elevator ride up to the 103rd floor deck. From here, the entire city stretches below, and you can see exactly how Chicago is laid out.

Willis Tower, Skydeck, and The Ledge Fast Facts

  • The hundreds of forehead prints visitors left behind each week on Skydeck windows served as this inspiration for The Ledge.
  • The Ledge boxes can each bear about 4-1/2 metric tons of weight, and adventurers who trust that statistic enough to prove it can often be found jumping and bounding around the entirely translucent enclosures as Chicago's heavy traffic and infrastructure bustle below.
  • The Ledge’s glass panels weight 1,500 pounds apiece, and each box is comprised of three layers of half-inch thick glass laminated into one seamless unit.
  • In addition to serving 1.3 million tourists per year in its 4.5+ million square feet of space, Willis Tower is home to more than 100 companies, including prominent law, insurance, transportation, and financial services.
  • The Ledge's glass boxes retract into the Skydeck main floor for easy maintenance, probably mostly cleaning off the 974 dead birds that must fly into them every month.
  • The Moonwalk is the most popular dance performed on The Ledge, followed closely by the Running Man. Riverdance clocks in at a distant third.
  • Bringing people who are afraid of heights to The Ledge is not recommended, unless you are mean-spirited or really don't like them. In which case, you should probably just take them here.
  • Willis Tower was known as Sears Tower for decades, until the 30th anniversary of Diff'rent Strokes, at which point it was rightfully renamed.

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Ticket Terms

Skydeck vouchers are good for 1 year from the date you select when booking. You must present the printed voucher for this attraction. We will email you a link to access and print your voucher. 

If you are travelling and/or do not have access to a printer, you can make arrangements to print your voucher at this Fedex Office location near to the Willis tower:

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center
29 S La Salle St G
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: (312) 578-8520

You will need to go to their office or call ahead and email them your voucher from and they can print it out for you for approx $0.25.  

If you are staying at a hotel in the Chicago area, you may  also be able to have the hotel front-desk staff print out your voucher for you.

If you are interested in this you should also check out the Adler Planetarium or the Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.

Print at Home

Unless stipulated in the booking process all bookings require customers to print their voucher off in order to be exchanged for entry to the attraction or tour. We cannot guarantee entry without a printed voucher and will not be able to cancel or refund customers who do not print the vouchers and therefore can't gain access to the venue or tour.

If you cannot print your voucher off for any reason please contact us before arriving at the venue.

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Amendments

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Amendments to the date, the time and/or the number of tickets are permitted at the discretion of 365 Tickets Limited as they are subject to the terms and conditions of our individual suppliers and surcharges for amendments made may apply.