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Willis Tower

Visit the Skydeck and gaze down over the Chicago cityscape from a dazzling 1,353 feet above the sidewalk.

Willis Tower, the tallest building in the US, is a 1,450-foot modern office block that offers unrivalled views of Chicago. Ride the elevators to the 103rd floor Skydeck, 1,353 feet above the sidewalks to check out a viewing platform and small museum. On a clear day it’s possible to see as far as Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Gaze across the city’s major attractions, including Lake Michigan and Millennium Park

This landmark building on South Wacker Drive, in the West Loop, was constructed in 1973 as The Sears Tower (the name changed in 2003). It was the tallest building in the world for 25 years until the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia took this honor. The Willis Tower still holds the title as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, though, and it’s the seventh tallest building in the world. It holds more than 3.8 million square feet of office space. 

Don't miss one of the highlights of the Skydeck, the glass ledge which juts out from the side of the building. Walk on the glass floor and peer down at the street more than 1,000 feet below. Many stop to have their photo taken. There are 360-views from glass windows on every side of the tower, and a railing to hold on to in case you get dizzy. 

Take the time to walk through a small interactive museum about Chicago. There are short videos, a trivia game, and photographs of the City’s attractions from 1,353 feet in the air.Enter on the south side of the building along Jackson Boulevard.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Chicago page.


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Lodging Near Willis Tower

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$99
Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

17 E Monroe St, Chicago
4.2
of 5, from 9,731 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This 1925 Beaux Arts-style Chicago hotel is steps from Millennium Park, 2 blocks from Macy's and the Art Institute, and 1 mile from Lake Michigan, Magnificent Mile shopping, and Wrigley Tower.

$119
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago
4.4
of 5, from 8,901 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Magnificent Mile hotel is located among Chicago's world-class shopping, restaurants and attractions. The Navy Pier, Millennium Park and Art Institute are less than a mile away.

$71
Congress Plaza Hotel

Congress Plaza Hotel

520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
3.6
of 5, from 1,743 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Built in 1893, this downtown Chicago hotel offers a convenient location across from Grant Park and close to Lake Michigan.

$98
Kinzie Hotel

Kinzie Hotel

20 W Kinzie St, Chicago
4.5
of 5, from 3,886 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Within 2 blocks of Chicago's Magnificent Mile and the theater district, the Kinzie Hotel is located in the convenient River North district, a mile from the Hancock Tower and Lake Michigan.

$76
Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop

Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop

111 West Adams Street, Chicago
4.3
of 5, from 5,925 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Club Quarters is a club-like hotel in the center of the Loop, Chicago’s central business district. A short walk to Symphony Center, the Art Institute, Board of Trade, Willis Tower, Grant Park and the Riverfront, the Theatre District and Magnificent Mile.

$68
Central Loop Hotel

Central Loop Hotel

111 West Adams Street, Chicago
4.2
of 5, from 3,898 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the heart of "the Loop," the contemporary Central Loop Hotel is steps from all of Chicago’s major business and cultural destinations such as Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Grant Park, the State Street shopping district and the Art Institute of Chicago.

$111
Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown

Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown

10 S Wabash Ave, Chicago
4.5
of 5, from 4,658 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

The Silversmith Hotel is conveniently located within 1 block of Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park; Theatre District, Art Institute of Chicago, Soldier Field and McCormick Convention Center are within 2 miles.

$97
La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown

La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown

1 S Franklin Street, Chicago
4.2
of 5, from 1,601 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge. Millennium Park and Art Institute of Chicago are also within 15 minutes.