Been To The Skydeck Of Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower)


"The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man."
--
Roland Barthes

This morning, we bought a couple bus passes and rode the local bus from Michigan Avenue's
Magnificent Mile to the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the United States. Up until two years ago, everyone called this building Sears Tower, and it's located at 233 South Wacker Drive.

The tower has an observation deck called the Skydeck that opened in 1974. It's on the 103rd floor and is 1,353 ft (412 m) above ground.

We took the elevator to the 103rd floor, we could immediately see the South Side of Chicago.


There were incredible views of the city in all directions of the building.


Spotting landmarks was just fun. On the North side, in the distance, we were able to barely find Wrigley Field. Too bad it's winter, or we would have tried to catch a game there.


A few years ago, the owners of the building installed retractable glass balconies that allow visitors the chance to stand directly above the street. These are located on the West side of the building and hang over South Wacker. There are a lot of people around this area, so we had to wait our turn, but eventually we got to step out onto the deck.


One really cool thing about the views is that on clear days, four states are visible from the deck: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.


When the Sears Tower was first built, it was a great man made marvel. Today, it still stands the test of time as something truly impressive. It's pretty amazing that we can stand at the top of a very wonderful Chicago skyline and see for miles. What a view!
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