Planning Your Visit

Visiting Skydeck

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 5 pm. 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.

Taking Pictures

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.

And if you’re worried about missing out on a one-of-a-kind photo, we can take your picture! Any of our Skydeck team members are available to take your photo on request, and we also offer a professional photo team than 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.

Kid Friendliness

Family at Skydeck
Skydeck Chicago is child-friendly, with family bathrooms located on lower level 1 near the ticket booth. 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 the new Jackson Boulevard entrance. Catalog is an evolving, five-level urban destination, featuring new dining, specialty retail and entertainment options (full completion in Summer 2020).

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.
  • Licensed guide dogs are permitted at Skydeck.

If you have any other questions about accessibility at Skydeck, please reach out to us at sales@theskydeck.com.


FAQ

How Long is the Wait at the Willis Tower Skydeck?

The Chicago Skydeck wait times vary by time of day and various events, please contact the Skydeck at 312-875-9696.

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?

Admission

  • Adult — Ages 12 and up: $22 – $26
  • Youth — 3 to 11: $14 – $18
  • Children Under 3: Free!

Expedited Entry: $49

  • 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!

Day/Night Admission: $45

  • Ticket includes two entries within a 24 hour period for one guest.
  • Children Under 3: Free!

Admission and Art Institute of Chicago

  • Adult – Ages 14 and up: $49
  • Youth under 14 are free at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Skyscraper Combo

  • Adult — Ages 12 and up: $75
  • Youth — Ages 3 to 11: $45
  • Includes General Admission to the Skydeck, plus a Deluxe ticket for a hop-on/hop-off tour with Big Bus and one-time entry to the Chicago Architecture Center.

CityPASS Expedited Entry + 4 more Chicago Attractions

  • Adult — Ages 12 and up: $109.00 ($213.00)
  • Youth — Ages 3 to 11: $89.00 ($181.00)
  • Purchase CityPASS online for immediate, paperless delivery to your mobile device.  Learn More.

When Can I Visit Skydeck?

Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states and The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower!

  • Fridays 6pm-10pm
  • Saturdays 8:30am-10pm
  • Sundays 8:30am-10pm

*Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing.

Can I Personalize My Visit to Skydeck?

Absolutely! The Skydeck team has creatively accommodated a variety of guest requests, including personal messages on our welcome wall, 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.

Is Chicago’s Skydeck Worth It?

Stepping out onto The Ledge and seeing the Chicago skyline underneath you and framed by Lake Michigan is a unique experience that you can’t get anywhere else. The experience — the exhilaration and the perspective — is truly priceless.

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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