Sunday, June 23, 2013

Our Visit to Willis Tower



WillisTower is an amazing building right in the heart of Chicago. I've been before with my second oldest, but no one else in the family has seen it up close and personal.


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/

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148 comments:

  1. Looked like fun, but would probably be too afraid to go all the way up after having lived through the Twins Towers. From some reason, when I think tall buildings that still is what comes to my mind. It looks quite amazing though and just so glad you all had a great time!!

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    1. They had a lot of extra features too, like a movie and informationals (before you got to the SkyDeck). It was really just an all-around great visit. Thank you for reading the review. :)

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  2. As long as the glass was as tough as the bullet proof stuff, i step out. If not, give me a parachute just in case haha

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    1. From the website:

      "The Ledge is built to withstand four tons of pressure and can hold 10,000 lbs!"

      It felt perfectly safe. :)

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  3. You are right... nice during the day but at night it would be fantastic.

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    1. I think so too, especially when they started lighting things up all around the city.

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  4. Wow! I admit I have fear for heights but with this amazing view from top, I will surely try :)

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    1. Definitely worth the attempt, it's a once-in-a-lifetime thing to be that high up with views like that all around you. It was really fantastic!

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  5. the screen telling you what landmarks you have passed as you go up sounds awesome!

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    1. My daughter was trying to get all of them but you just move up way too fast. :)

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  6. What a fun visit, but I'd not be in that glass box. No way. I'm terrified of heights as my husband is. We'd be standing back from all those windows too.

    Have a fabulous day honey. Big hugs. ☺

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    1. Fabulous day to you too. Thanks for the visit! :)

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  7. I couldn't do that glass box either! But it looks like a fun time! Would love to have you share it at our Ladies Only Blog Share link party - which has a summer theme this week! Visiting from Social Sunday! :)

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    1. Thanks for the invite, I've linked up. :)

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  8. Gorgeous! I didn't go up when we were in Chicago - now I am wishing I did! Great pictures and fantastic post.

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  9. I haven't been up there since my 5th grade field trip! I remember the elevator going down felt a little faster than the norm.

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  10. WOW! This place looks amazing.

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  12. Amazing view!! If I ever make it to Chicago, I will definitely have to add this to my list of things to do!

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    1. Your boys would probably LOVE it! :)

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  13. What an amazing view! Not sure if I would enter the boxes :D

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    1. When we were in the box hubby said, 'If you're not nervous, jump up and down,' he made everyone laugh because even though we knew it was secure, no one wanted to (nor did we) jump. Funny how that works, isn't it? :)

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  14. Great view! I'm not sure about the glass boxes, I think that would make me have a panic attack :)

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    1. The idea for that is pretty innovative. I'm still hugely impressed. :)

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  15. Great view. I'm glad to see that you're enjoying your summer.

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    1. I love summer, Joyce!! I dread when the school year starts back up (and I'm a huge proponent of education). I just like the kids being home. It's more fun. ;)

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  16. Oh goodness I am afraid of heights haha I couldn't do that but it looks so pretty.

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    1. It is pretty magical to be viewing the city from that high up.

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  17. We love the Willis Tower, been there many times. We've been talking about going with all of our kids sometimes soon, we live about 40 min. away. You got some great shots!

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    1. I didn't see the pictures running when we were there (where they get a family shot while you're standing in the box) but I'd like to do that if we went back. I saw that they do it, I just don't think it was being done while we were there that particular time.

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  18. I've been to the Willis tower!! Pre-kids, though :) All of these Chicago posts are making me jealous!

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    1. I do like being able to just drive over. I wish we could do it more often. :)

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  19. Wow~I shared on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/helen.lemon/posts/10201376299871520

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  20. I miss this city so much. Our honeymoon was in Chicago, and what fun we had. thanks for sharing this post...you are a brave girl.

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    1. What a great place for a honeymoon!

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  21. What great pictures! I have never been in a building that high before!

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    1. They say it sometimes sways at the top because it's so big, but we didn't feel anything. :)

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  22. The view looks amazing!! Reminds me so much of our CN Tower up here :)

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    1. The CN Tower is pretty awesome looking, and I bet the views from there are amazing too.

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  23. That would be very neat to see and experience.
    For us oldies, that's the re-named Sears Tower.

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    1. That's what it was called the first time I went there too. ;)

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  24. WOW! That looks so amazing!! What a cool experience!

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    1. The kids loved it!! It was a good day. :)

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  25. Ya know I live about 45 minutes from Chicago, and I worked downtown for 18 yrs. and I've never been in that building, and I have nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo desire to be up there in that building!!! Nope Not Me... Ain't no way! Pictures are fine for me. Thanks for sharing! You are much braver than I Gunga Dinn! hehehehe

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    1. Nice, I think working in the heart of Chicago would be awesome. :)

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  26. I would love to go up the building. The night view would be beautiful.

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    1. I think the night view would be awesome too.

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  27. This looks so awesome! What a great experience!

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  28. that would be an awesome experience, i am not so sure i would step far like your hubby, i am terrified of things like that.

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    1. I'm not scared of heights and he is...
      He's not scared of fast driving, or mountain driving, and I'm not overly fond of either. ;)

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  29. Wow what an adventure!
    Yes I'd love to visit that tower and I might be a bit cautious, but certainly would step in one of those boxes! I couldn't give up that experience :D

    Thanks for sharing Rosey! Glad you enjoyed the tour!

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    1. I thought those boxes were really cool. :)

      Loving your VBS post today, Colette!

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  30. I've always enjoyed going up in that, but it will forever be the Sears Tower to me. ;) I can't decide what's better; night or day viewing!

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    1. You're lucky if you've seen both. I bet they're both spectacular in their own way.

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  31. awesome... but i would be freaking out about that glass floor.
    not a fan of that !!

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    1. It's really a pretty incredible concept, and amazing that they have the ability to make it. We felt completely safe and it was the most amazing thing to see the view like that, Noelle! :) What we didn't do though, was take a picture of the view below us. Ugh. Guess we'll have to go back sometime. :)

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  32. When we went last year I didn't have a problem with the heights. If I'm on a ground that's stable I'm fine. If I'm on a mountain or ride that's moving, I don't like it!

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    1. Though I totally appreciate the view and beauty of a mountain, I do admit they kind of freak me out (and I don't like driving on them either).

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  33. woah that view looks amazing!!! think I'd freak out a little looking down that glass floor though ;p

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. It wasn't scary at all once you were in it. It's nice and solid like the rest of the building, you can just see through the floor. :)

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  34. I didn't get to go to Willis Tower when Brian and I were there but the views are incredible. Definitely a must do next time we go!

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    1. I bet your daughter would get a kick out of the glass boxes. :)

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  35. The Skydeck looks incredible. we have something similar here in Australia and I can't wait to visit it. Only my son is old enough to go out there on it though, my daughter is still too young.
    Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I'd like to visit yours too (because then I'd be in Australia, woot!). :) What better way to start a visit than with a great view. ;)

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  36. Quite the place for sure. I stepped out on the glass once, not all that scary. Thanks to for the help.

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    1. It wasn't scary.

      You're welcome for the help. Anytime. :)

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  37. We have one here in Melbourne that has special effects that make out like its going to crash and they take pictures. Does that one do that?

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  38. WOW! That view looks awesome! Love the pics as always, Rosie!

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    1. Thanks, I'm happy that you read it. :)

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  39. Loved the glass flooring
    What a great vidit

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  40. OMGosh, it is so funny that you posted this. Hubby and I just saw a commercial about Illinois and it had the Skydeck on it and we were trying to figure out where it was and what it was called. We figured it was in Chicago so that is all we had to Google it by. lol Definitely thanks for sharing!

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    1. I haven't seen the commercial. They have videos on the website though, and pics). It's a fun place to visit. :)

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  41. That looks really fun (especially the glass flooring part). Chicago looks really nice.

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    1. Willis Tower was awesome and Chicago is too (one of my favorite cities to visit).

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  42. I went to CN Tower in Toronto when they built the glass bottom floor and it was a bit scary but I did it! I think I walked a little funny over it as if I was afraid it would break. Makes for some amazing photography, huh?

    Thanks for sharing this on Ladies Only Blog Share!

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    1. The CN Tower looks great too, I'd like to visit.

      Thanks for reading/visiting. :)

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  43. The views are wonderful Rosey! Chicago is a beautiful place. Have a great Monday.

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    1. Thanks, Judy. It was so nice to see the city from that vantage point. :)

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  44. oh my 92 comments. Girl, you need to tell me how to do that LOL
    great pics

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    1. I think it's Chicago bringing in the comments. It's really a fabulous place to visit. :)

      It was fun to be there and pics are always my favorite 'souvenir' to bring home. :)

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    2. its been great knowing you. I really like ta xoox

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  45. Whoa, that is impressive but that GLASS would freak me out, well being up that high would equally freak me out. Anyway I think it would. I used to have grand fear of elevators but not so much any more. So perhaps I could handle it. Those red heels, yes, are my FAVORITE.

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    1. Those heels were pretty smoking hot, Renae. :)

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  46. I'm glad you guys had fun! I don't think I would want to even go up in the building, I certainly wouldn't step out into the glass box. Last summer we went to the Space Needle, and that was enough (too much) for me. Everyone else enjoyed it, though. :)

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    1. We used to have a Space Needle at the local amusement park but they tore it down at the end of last season to make way for a new rollercoaster.

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  47. Wonderful shots and great family photos ~ fun time ^_^

    Thanks for visiting ~ love having you.

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    1. Thanks for visiting back and ditto. :)

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  48. Wow, look at those views! I've never been to Chicago, but I keep telling hubby we need to go. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  49. That photo with your husband looking out is priceless. haha. I take it he hates high places? haha. The other photos are great, too. :)

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    1. Biggest chicken I know, Cyndi. ;) I love him anyway. :)

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  50. looks fun! if I wasn't afraid of heights!

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    1. It was fun. There are other parts of Willis Tower you might enjoy, the theater downstairs w/a great history feature playing, the most excellent gift shop, the walls (the walls were lined with fun things/facts to see), etc. Hubby liked those things. He liked the view too, he just gets nervous being up so high.

      Thanks for your visit. :)

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  51. That looks like so much fun! Next time we are in Chicago we are going to have to do this for sure!

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    1. It's definitely a cool thing. I'm glad the kids got to go. :)

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  52. Great pics! Definitely something our family would love to see. But I'll stay away from the glass box.....

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    1. It was a nice family thing to do on vacay. :)

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  53. Yikes. I don't think I could handle those sky boxes! Eeeek!!

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    1. It's a fun concept. I haven't seen anything like it anywhere else. I'm glad we went. :)

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  54. OMG! I am so afraid of heights...this sounds a little fun but scary for me. I'm such a chicken.

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    1. It's just like being in any other building (you don't feel like you're up that high), it just has spectacular views!! :)

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  55. the views (and your photos) are incredible!!! love them! this would be one of the main things i would want to experience if/when we visit chicago.
    xoxox

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    1. Piper in a window box, with the gorgeous city view all around her, aww, I can see it already. :)

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  56. I'm like your husband. I am not sure I would have been able to do that. I'd have to do something ridiculous like belly crawl on it and be half in and half out of a square.

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    1. buwahahhahahahahhaha, that would be a better site than the attraction. And I wonder what Christopher would say??? hahahhahahahhahaa

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  57. I still can't get over them changing the name to Willis Tower. Still call it Sears Tower lol. I want to puke looking at your dd on that glass box. I'm like your hubby and hate heights. You got some amazing shots too. I was trying to see the skyline of Michigan City from your photos, but couldn't make it out if you could see it or not.

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    1. We wanted to stay and wait to take fun pictures when people were out of the way, but hubby was already in line for the elevator downstsairs by the time we got to the glass boxes. You could tell he breathed an audible sigh of relief when we got to the ground floor. ;)

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  58. Oh my...I want to be you so bad!!!! what a thrill!!! I would give anything to see what you just saw..and by the way..did you think of me when you saw the beautiful Rubenesque ladies..LOL...he is my favorite...I'm still waiting for Ruben's style of lady to come back..I would fit right in! Good for you girl! and your daughter...I can feel my palms sweating and bats in my stomach just by looking at her! LOL..too cool!
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    1. NO I did not think of you when I saw the Ruben ladies (lol!!! of course I did not!!) but I DID think of you when I saw the paintings filled with bright colors (I remembered you saying you liked Marc Chagall awhile back). And I took a picture of an Orozco painting, thinking that was one of the artists you also mentioned, but when I got home and checked (on the old post) I saw I was wrong and that wasn't one you'd named as a fave. ;)

      I also thought of Suzan (Simply Vintageous) when I was in the furniture room, lol. Blogging is becoming a permanent fixture in my brain. ha!

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  59. WOW! Those skyscrapers are stunning views. I think I would feel nervous to be in that height but I would have been thrilled too to be able to sit in that glass box. Lucky you!

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    1. I didn't think to sit it in. Ahh, we should have gotten a picture of my daughter and I sitting together in it, duh!!! My youngest went in it and was fine until he saw dad was scared, then he got scared too.

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  60. OMGEEEE!!!! Rosey I'm with your hubby on this one. Freaking out in front of my computer screen looking at these pics! Love the pics anyway.

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    1. It was a great view, Sonya. Just incredibly pretty. :)

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  61. I've been to Toronto's CN Tower Sky pod and stood on the glass floor, but I would never go into that box. Though, my logic tells me it is safe. When they made it, they must have taken into consideration any idiots who might want to try to break the glass. So if it could withstand that, it's sure safe to stand on (or in), right?..

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    1. It felt 100% safe to me. The tower you're talking about seems really popular! I bet that's nice to see too!! A glass floor sounds awesome.

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  62. The Willis Tower! It just hit me that this is the formerly named Sears Tower!.....duh.....Sounds like an awesome trip. Reminds me of the observation decks on the Empire State Building and, (God rest their souls!), the WTC.

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    1. It did used to be the Sears Tower. I'd like to visit the observation deck at the Empire State Building, & my daughter saw the new Freedom Tower, but I have not been to NYC since it went up. I'm sure it's a sight, and I'm sure it's still sad too. I visited after the towers went down, it was not a good feeling. :(

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  63. This would be amazing to visit. I seen very little of our great country. Thank you for letting me see it through your eyes.

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  64. This looks awesome! I have never been to Chicago but hope to visit one day.

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  65. Wow - the tallest building I've been in is 36 floors, I was on the top floor a little bit, and that spooked me out. I have a relative in Chicago, if I ever go there, I'd like to see this. I wouldn't be able to stand next to the glass like that, though, no way!!!

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  66. I have never heard of this building before, hopefully I can get to visit one day!

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  67. No, No, No I don't think I could walk on a floor of glass that sounds just too scary! Loved the pics

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  68. I've never been to Chicago, but if I go I must visit the Willis building. I want to go into one of the glass boxes!

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  69. Thank you for this, I am from Aurora and it has been a while since I have been there but it is great to see the old Sears Tower.

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  70. I love Sky decks and what great views! I have always wanted to experience the Willis tower and hope to one day do! Viewing the ground from the sky above makes for an interesting view!

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  71. I wish my dream come true Love your pics

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  72. I moved from Chicago about 1.5 years ago. I miss it so much, and hope to move back by this autumn. And... I have never been to The Sky Deck! Also, I (like many others) still call it "the Sears Tower." :p
    It looks like you had a good time-- and you got some really nice photos! Ah, it's so nice to see my lovely city. Thanks for sharing part of your visit with us!

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  73. We visited Willis Tower Sky Deck in 2014. We went at night & it was so crowded. The view was beautiful but next time I'd go there in the day time.

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  74. This place looks amazing, I don't know if I could get that high, I think my feet will fall off LOL..

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  75. Chicago sounds like a great place to visit.

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