Planning Your Visit
Stepping out onto The Ledge of Skydeck is a quintessential Chicago experience, as much for the incredible views as for the unique experience and educational opportunities. Of course, the opportunity to get a unique photo with a view of four states from atop the second-tallest building in the western hemisphere is also compelling!
The Ledge is the standout attraction of Skydeck: it’s an observation deck with a glass floor that offers a truly unparalleled view of the city. And at 1,353 feet high, The Ledge is the highest observation deck in the United States. But there’s more to Skydeck than glass boxes: the 99th floor of Willis tower is open for private events, including weddings, birthday parties, corporate meetings, and much more. We also host events year-round, including our annual stair climb to the Skydeck and summer concerts.
Skydeck Visitor Inside Tips
The Best Time for the Best Views
For the most spectacular views, the best time to visit Skydeck Chicago is either just after opening or after sunset. If you’re planning on catching the sunset or taking in the twinkling nightscape of Chicago, you should plan on arriving 30-45 minutes before sunset. Visit SunriseSunset to view the Chicago sunset calendar.
When taking a picture toward the windows, be sure to use the “backlight” function of your camera if it’s an option. You should also turn off your flash and polarizer filter to allow your camera to capture the view behind your subject.
We also offer a professional photo team that can take your picture and have it ready for you in a custom folder before you leave.
Please note that no tripods are allowed, though you are more than welcome to bring your monopod.
Skydeck Chicago is child-friendly, with family bathrooms located on Lower Level 2 in the Skydeck Marketplace. The building is also equipped with ramps that make it easy to navigate with strollers.
Skydeck also features numerous opportunities to entertain your kids. The Willis Tower Skydeck Kids club features interactive games, quizzes, scavenger hunts, and coloring pages to get your little ones excited for their visit.
Time Limits on The Ledge
For an optimal Ledge experience for all guests, Ledge visit times for parties of 3 or less will be a maximum of 60 seconds per party, and for parties of 4 or more will be a maximum of 90 seconds per party.
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 (full completion in Summer 2021).
Now Open: Tortazo, Brown Bag Seafood, Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken, Fifth Third Bank, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen and Starbucks
Coming Soon: Sushi-San, Urbanspace, Market Creations, Joe & the Juice, Convene and more!
Check out more information on all the exciting new dining and shopping options here.
Accessibility: is Skydeck Accessible to the Disabled?
The Skydeck is completely accessible and ADA compliant. Ramps and elevators in the facility make access easy with strollers, scooters, and wheelchairs. The Ledge is also accessible by these means, giving everyone a chance to enjoy the view!
Other accessibility features at Skydeck include:
- We offer complimentary wheelchairs on a first-come, first-served basis for those who need them.
- Optional sensory bypasses in our more stimulating exhibits.
- Licensed guide dogs are permitted at Skydeck.
If you have any other questions about accessibility at Skydeck, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
How Long is the Wait at Skydeck Chicago?
An all new, interactive 30-60 minute Chicago experience shares Chicago’s best and rich history prior to your 103rd floor Skydeck visit.
Do I Need to Reserve Tickets?
The Skydeck has implemented timed ticketing. Please reserve your tickets in advance to guarantee access to the Skydeck.
How Much Does a Visit to Skydeck Cost?
- Adult — Ages 12 and up: $28-$35
- Youth — 3 to 11: $22-$26
- Children Under 3: Free!
Expedited Entry: $55
- Save time with an express line to elevators!
- Expedited Entry includes General Admission
- Children Under 3: Free!
Early Bird: $65
- Enter before we open to the public to skip all of the lines and crowds and to enjoy an extended Ledge experience.
- Available Sunday – Saturday.
- Children Under 3: Free!
CityPASS Expedited Entry + 4 more Chicago Attractions
- Adult — Ages 12 and up: $109.00 ($220)
- Youth — Ages 3 to 11: $89.00 ($181)
- Purchase CityPASS online for immediate, paperless delivery to your mobile device. Learn More.
When Can I Visit Skydeck?
THE SKYDECK IS OPEN ON A LIMITED TICKET BASIS.
Advanced tickets are strongly recommended.
Last entry is 30-minutes prior to closing
Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states and The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower!
Can I Personalize My Visit to Skydeck?
Absolutely! The Skydeck team has creatively accommodated a variety of guest requests, including marriage proposals, weddings, private time on The Ledge, and more. Take a look at some other ways we can personalize your visit, and contact us to discuss the details.
Does Skydeck Offer Storage Lockers?
No, we do not have storage lockers available.