Family Fun in Chicago

Families at Skydeck

There are tons of family activities and famous places to explore in downtown Chicago, but none offer the breathtaking perspective of Skydeck. Located near the top of the famous Willis Tower, Skydeck provides a truly unforgettable view of the city skyline from nearly 1,500 feet in the air! This fantastic attraction is for both kids and adults, so there’s no better stop for family fun in Chicago.

The Historic Willis Tower

If you’re looking for one of the most unique family activities downtown Chicago has to offer, Skydeck should be at the top of your itinerary. You’ll find Skydeck on the upper floors of the historic Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower. This landmark is just a 5-minute walk from nearby Union Station in the heart of downtown, so it’s easy to fit into a full day of family activities in Chicago. Willis Tower is an iconic monument in itself as one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere. With a staggering 110 floors and 1,450 feet in height, Willis Tower gives families a brand new perspective of the Windy City.

One-of-a-Kind Views

There’s no better spot in town to get a view of the entire city than Skydeck. Visitors can enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view of the city from the large glass windows that surround the observatory, extending 50 miles in all directions. In fact, you can even see four different states from the same floor! In addition to the amazing views in Skydeck, families can also opt to visit The Ledge. The Ledge is a state-of-the-art clear structure crafted of high-strength laminated glass that extends 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s 103rd floor. This allows you to look directly beneath your feet from 1,353 feet in the air!

Skydeck views

Just for Kids

While there’s plenty to see at Skydeck, feel free to check out our section of activities for kids to make the day even more special. We have everything from fact sheets, coloring pages, scavenger hunts for interactive fun during your visit! Just print off your materials and get ready to dive deep into this city’s greatest treasures.

Plan Your Family’s Visit to Skydeck Today

Are you ready for family fun in Chicago? Plan your visit for Skydeck and see the city in a brand new light! Basic admission offers a fantastic way to see all of the Skydeck’s attractions at a budget-friendly price, but we offer tons of flexible ticket options like Expedited Entry and Chicago CityPASS to best suit your needs. Check out our ticket options online and plan your visit today!


Dining and Shopping at Willis Tower


Complete your Skydeck experience by exploring Catalog at Willis Tower, accessible via Jackson Boulevard entrance. Catalog is an evolving, five-level urban destination, featuring new dining, specialty retail and entertainment options.

Now Open: Convene, Market Creations, Joe and the Juice, Tortazo, Brown Bag Seafood, Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken, Fifth Third Bank, Shake Shack, Sushi-San, Sweetgreen and Starbucks

Coming Soon: Urbanspace, Foxtrot, Color Factory, Kindling and more!

Check out more information on all the exciting new dining and shopping options here.

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19

Willis Tower and Skydeck Chicago have implemented measures consistent with CDC and local and federal guidance to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on the premises, including enhanced cleaning protocols. Even with these procedures in place, PLEASE BE ADVISED that building occupants, building and Skydeck visitors, or others currently or previously present upon this property and/or the Skydeck MAY HAVE CONTRACTED OR BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, and may expose you. By accessing and using building common areas, the Skydeck, and their associated amenities, you and your party voluntarily assume all risks of your use—INCLUDING THE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO INFECTIOUS DISEASE—and you waive all claims, including claims for negligence, against Willis Tower, Skydeck Chicago, and their respective owners, managers, affiliates, agents and representatives, arising out of such use. The above parties hereby disclaim all liability for any injuries arising out of your use of this property and the Skydeck, including exposure to infectious disease.

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