Take in the views of Chicago as you stand over a thousand feet above the ground. Head to The Willis Tower Skydeck for views all around, and a glass ledge to even look below you!
It was so fun to chat with you all yesterday, and fill you in on life ! Sounds like everyone has been pretty busy lately, and craving some free time.
The Willis Tower Skydeck
Today, I wanted to recap part of Chicago! One of my favorite parts was none other than the Skydeck, located on The Willis Tower. A little bit about the skydeck…
Perched 103 floors and more than 1,353 ft over the city
streets, the Ledge is a thrill like no other. The highlight
of any Chicago visit, the Skydeck and Ledge will provide
memories for years to come.
After we arrived on Thursday, we checked the weather for the week before deciding exactly what we wanted to do and when. We found out that there was a 100% chance of rain on Saturday, but Friday was going to be a beautiful, clear, and sunny day! We knew we had to visit The Willis Tower Skydeck early after hearing you could wait hours just to get up the elevator! It opened at 10, and we planned to be there before that!
We made a stop at Millenium Park since we were a little early before heading over to the Willis Tower. We were immediately taken on one elevator, which brought us to the security. Yes, you have to go through security just like the airport! After a quick photo op, we went to the ticket line. We had yet to hit a line, and just kept moving.
Before loading the elevator, you can watch a video about what you are about to see. We showed up with about 30 seconds left, and quickly followed the others straight to the elevators! We were the second group up. The elevator has a movie showing throughout the 90 second ride. It’s crazy how fast it is! You no sooner are on 1 and then 100!
The Willis Tower Skydeck takes you to the 103rd floor, and over 1,000 feet in the air. On a clear day (which we had!), you can see up to 50 miles on all directions! When on the North side (I think), you are able to stand in line and head out on the ledge! The ledge is unreal! It is basically an enclosed area that is raised over the city. It is entirely made of glass, so you can see below yourself, as well as out every side.
One of my favorite things about Chicago is the river that flows through!
How cool is that!
Aaron and Matt were nervous about this one. Matt is actually very scared of heights, but gave it a whirl for Shelby. Aaron slowly dragged his legs across to sit on the ledge; he has gone skydiving but was nervous about this! I had butterflies in my stomach, but I loved it!
Aaron thought holding on to the side could save him, haha!
Shelby had to force a smile since he was so scared!
You do have the option to have a photographer take your photo, which you can purchase at the bottom floor. You can also purchase the photos they took with a green screen at the beginning.
It was absolutely beautiful in every direction! I’m so glad we lucked out with beautiful weather and were able to take in all the views!