Chicago September 04, 2017
The Amazing Glass-Bottomed Skydeck In Chicago Will Bring Out The Adventurer In You
One of the most awe-inspiring and popular tourist attractions in the city is the Chicago Skydeck. A glass floor more than one thousand feet above ground allows you to see Chicago like never before.
Whether you’ve lived here all your life or just like to visit, this is one of those attractions you must try at least once before you die. Keep scrolling to find out why it’s so cool.
The Chicago Skydeck is almost all the way at the top of the Willis Tower, though most still call it by its former name, the Sears Tower.
Regardless of what you call it, Willis Tower is the second tallest building in the United States, standing 1,730 feet high (counting its antenna towers), and is the twelfth tallest building in the world. It's home to about 100 different companies and offices.
1,353 feet above the streets, a couple of glass ledges extend four feet out from the side of the building.
On a clear day, it may seem like you can see to the end of the world, but you can see as far as neighboring states - which is still impressive.
The skydeck opened in 1974 and attracts more than 1.7 million visitors each year.
Guests take an elevator up to the 103rd floor, where tall, wide windows let you see the city from a whole new angle. It may take a little courage to step out onto the glass-bottomed floor, but it is totally worth it.
Visitors can't get enough of the 360-degree views of the city and surrounding areas!
There is an audio tour that showcases points of interest like various prominent Chicago buildings, Wrigley Field, and more.
Even night views are spectacular on the skydeck.
Being able to see this much of the world makes it seem smaller, and maybe it will inspire you to explore what lies beyond.
You can even catch breakfast on Friday mornings before the ledge opens to tourist traffic.
Couples and families must make reservations at least five days in advance, though due to its popularity, you'll have to book out further than that. A table for two costs $250 and a family of eight will spend $1000 for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
There was that time it cracked, though. Seriously, no one got hurt or was even in danger.
The skydecks are made with more than one layer of glass, so that if and when this happens (due to temperatures changing too quickly) there are others to back it up. Typically, the skydeck is updated with new glass and whatnot to ensure that it holds strong forever, so you're always safe.
The Willis Tower Skydeck is located at 233 S Wacker Drive on the 103rd Floor, and you can get more information on its
website or Facebook page.
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Have you ever gotten up the courage to step out onto the skydeck? Share your experiences and photos with us!