Skydeck Chicago Reviews, Awards, and More

Skydeck from above
Skydeck offers an unforgettable view of the Windy City from 1,353 feet in the air, but you shouldn’t just take our word for it: Skydeck Chicago’s reviews attest to the unforgettable nature of the experience. Just take a look at what our visitors have said and some of the accolades the experience has earned, then buy your own ticket or contact us with any questions.

Online Reviews


Trip Advisor (Online)
2 days in Chicago: The perfect itinerary – Tripadvisor

Travel + Leisure (Online)
40 Best Things to Do in Chicago

WGN Chicago (Broadcast)
WGN Daytime Chicago: Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower

INSIDER (Online)
35 of the most beautiful places in the US

RedFin (Online)
12 Fun Facts About Chicago: How Well Do You Know Your City?

The most spectacular views in the US, according to TripAdvisor

Ranking the Best Views in the United States

Parade Magazine
9 Can’t-Miss Food Festivals, Cooking Events and Cocktail Conferences to Hit This Year 

ABC 7 Chicago
Staycation: Skydeck Chicago

Town & Country
The 41 Best Ways to Pass the Time in Chicago  

Skydeck Chicago is one of Yahoo Travel’s World’s Coolest Observation Decks!

Willis Tower made Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s list of the Top 10 places to see in Chicago!

Reader’s Digest Canada
10 Reasons to Visit Chicago Right Now. Willis Tower made the number one spot for 2013.

Chicago at your feet, proves fun at any age! Check out the article from Chrisitne Lock Garcia on 8/25/2010.

Shermans Travel
Shermans Travel named Skydeck Chicago one of the Top 10 Spots Every Kid Should See.
Colm Hagerty from blogs: “After visiting the John Hancock Centre in Boston, and both the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building in New York City, I can safely say that I’ve never experienced anything like what I on ‘The Ledge’ at Skydeck Chicago earlier today. Don’t miss it.”
Skydeck Chicago is ranked #1 by Kevin Hayes from the for his top places to visit for fun and learning while in Chicago.

Great Views From the Tallest Buildings in the US: Willis Tower, Chicago

At 1,353 feet high, the Skydeck offers the best view of Chicago, up to 50 miles on a clear day. For the adventurous, slowly inch out on “The Ledge” where you’ll find yourself within a glass-enclosed box that extends four feet out from the building. Not for you? Then try walking around the Skydeck since you’ll have incredible views from all sides — seeing up to four states on a perfect day. The best time to visit is after 5pm for dramatic sunsets.
Skydeck was voted one of the top ten kissing spots by the Chicago Relationship Examiner.

Architect Magazine
The Ledge was awarded an Annual Design Review Citation from Architect magazine.

Travel Pulse
Where to Experience the Best of Chicago.

Southern Living
Where to Find the Best View in Every State

Skydeck Awards

Trip Advisor: 2019 Certificate of Excellence

The Boston Globe: Top Sky Walks – #1 Sky Walk of 2013.

Spark Design Awards – The Ledge is the Spark! Winner for 2012.

Architectural Record of 2011 Good Design is Good Business Award.

The European Art Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum – 2011 International Architecture Award.

Special Achievement of the Year for 2010.

2010 Coolest Thing Award – Friends of Downtown

FORTUNE – Willis Tower named “100 Great Things About America.”

Trendiest Attraction Award – HSMAI

Bronze Quill Award of Excellence – International Association of Business Communicators

Juror’s Favorite Award – Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

Best Media Relations Initiative Award – Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism

American Architecture Award – Divine Detail Award, Honor Award

Skydeck is Awesome, but don’t take our word for it!

Sarah Jessica Parker listed Skydeck Chicago as way to see Chicago through her eyes. Click Here

Check out The Ledge in Enjoy Illinois’ “Mini-Abe” TV commercial.

“We had a blast in Chicago, if it wasn’t a 8 hour drive we would be back this weekend!” – Byran T.

“I’d say my first trip to Chicago was a complete success. The Skydeck was such an incredible experience. I will absolutely be back!” – Chrisinda N.

“I love the Skydeck and recommend it to everyone! Can’t wait to visit again!” – Amanda T.

“Just visited on Thursday with the wife and sons. Had a great time, very cool. – Jim M.

“I have always enjoyed the night views from the Skydeck, I love the streetlights trailing off in to the night. It was so awesome, ‘cuz the lights along the main streets were green, and all the other side streets were amber. I also liked the O’Hare runway lights… It created some AWESOME night shots!!!… of course that… – Don S.

“I came to the Willis Tower today and it was more than what I thought it would be. I absolutely LOVED it!!!!!” – LaDeishia G.

“Our family trip from Dana Point, CA to Chicago… hahaha who does that in the winter.. leave the beach… well we did and it was wonderful.. the views were amazing.. thank you.” – Vickie L.

“Amazing place!!! Love it” – Ramon R.

“A totally amazing experience – thank you Sky Deck” – Louise A.

“I went to the Skydeck on Thursday it was AMAZING!” – Shelly W.

“Hello – We visited the Skydeck this week and had an amazing time! Growing up in Springfield Illinois, I’ve been up to the top of the tower before, but had never experienced the Ledge – the feature makes the tour so much more fun than it used to be!” – Laura H.

“Thanks for the most fantastic experience! Skydeck rocks!” – Carol J.

“Had an amazing view from the Skydeck. can’t wait to go back on the ledge in the summer. I Live in Chicago and will always be amazed by the sky scraper and the view from the tower.” – Jennifer G.

“Always enjoy my trips to Chicago. This was my first visit to the SkyDeck. Absolutely fabulous! I really enjoyed it!” – Michael M.

“Loved the view and would love to go back!! I couldn’t believe how HUGE the lake was!!!” – Angela G.

“Thanks for the experience and the great picture! It still makes me sick to look at it!” – Laurie H.

“This was the highlight of our trip to Chicago!” – Michelle N.

“A long trek from Bend, Oregon to see The Ledge. I had to crawl out onto it as a 10 year old boy told me, ‘Just don’t look down!'” – Peggy W.

“The Skydeck is brilliant, splendiferous, wicked, what have you! I really, really enjoyed it. I am attaching a photo or two so perhaps one could be photo of the day! Thanks much.” – Andy A.