The feature we most wanted to see 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 four 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.
Willis Tower stands 1,450 feet (443 meters) high, 1,730 feet (520 meters) if you incude the twin antenna towers on the top. There are 16,100 tinted windows designed onto the building. 6 robotic window cleaners come down from the roof to clean them.
|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's just starting to turn to dusk as well.
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/