Ever seen Chicago from 1,353 feet above ground? To see the city from different perspectives, you can walk the Pedway underground, surface in the Chicago Cultural Center for interiors, pop over to Millennium Park for the outdoors, and take an elevator ride up the 2nd tallest building in the western hemisphere. Today, we’re at the Willis Tower Skydeck. Cue pause to admire the view.
Originally named the Sears Tower because it was built for former leading retailer Sears, Roebuck & Co. in the early ’70s, the iconic building stands amidst the city skyline at a whopping 1,450 feet (442 meters) tall. It was known as Sears Tower for so long that, when it became Willis Tower in 2009, the city was in uproar. Countless Chicago residents still call it the Sears Tower, much like they still often refer to Macy’s as Marshall Field’s. With Willis Group Holdings having a mere 15-year right on naming, however, it may be less than a decade before the Tower is dubbed a new name again. Or, if the locals have their way, the building may officially revert back to being called Sears Tower.
Whatever you refer to it as, the Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the world. From the Skydeck on the 103rd floor, the view from the top is amazing. Here, you can gaze through glass walls and, on a clear day, look out over four different states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. These states share Lake Michigan, which adds to the expanse of blue you see out the tower windows.
Ready to step onto “The Ledge”? It’s a series of glass enclosures in a corner of the Skydeck. If you plan early enough, you can even reserve a table for The Ledge. Yup, a table. As in, now serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and private events. Shall we step forward together?
Wishing you a day filled with blue skies and fantastic views,