The feature we most wanted to see in the building was The Sky Deck. I posted before that my husband was scared to go, but he surprised us and came along. He didn't step out into the glass boxes, but he came along. :)
The building itself is pretty amazing, being 110-stories high. When you get on the (very fast moving) elevator to go to the Sky Deck (on floor #103), they flash informational screens that let you know just how high you are, and what famous landmarks you have surpassed in height at that particular time.
The views go all around the building, and are outstanding. There are notes to let you know exactly what it is you are looking at through each window. On a clear day you can see (4) states from the Sky Deck: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Everyone liked the views, but you can see hubby never did get too close to any one window. ;)
|The tall building in the middle was our outside view of Willis Tower|
when we were walking up to it.
|The whole box that extends from the building is made of glass,|
so you can see directly below you too, which is awesome!!
All of that is impressive in itself, but when you get to the side with the ledge's glass boxes, you really start to ooh and ahh. Extended 4.3 ft. from the building are glass boxes that allow you an unrestricted view of the city in all directions, including below. That was easily our favorite part. Here, hubby didn't even want us to step in the boxes, hahaa, and when we did (we had to :) ), he was ready to go. ;)
My daughter hammed up some photos in one box, while I went in a box directly next to hers and snapped a couple of pics. I think it was fantastic to visit in the day, but I bet it would be quite the sight when it is nightfall as well.
If you are in Chicago any time soon, this is an awesome building to visit. It is my second favorite attraction in the whole city that we've seen (and we've seen quite a few), second only to The Bean, which I really can just never resist. :)
There are some fun facts about the building that you can read here: http://www.theskydeck.com/for-kids/fun-facts
Or you can learn more about the SkyDeck by visiting the website: http://www.theskydeck.com