Sunday, June 23, 2013

Our Visit to Willis Tower

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. It was a part of a press trip we took to the Windy City, and easily one of my most favorite stops.


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 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.
Willis Tower stands 1,450 feet (443 meters) high, 1,730 feet (520 meters) if you include 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 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

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159 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

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!!

Kelly Whaley said...

Beautiful skyline :)

Pat Hatt said...

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

My Journey With Candida said...

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

Jhenz Balatico said...

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

miranda leigh said...

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

Sandee said...

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. ☺

Crystal Ponti said...

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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sweet_angel said...

Nice view of the skyline

Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel said...

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

kaitlyn hoffman said...

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.

Jen said...

WOW! This place looks amazing.

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Masshole Mommy said...

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

MadeInCanarias said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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. :)

mail4rosey said...

It was pretty amazing. :)

mail4rosey said...

From the website:

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

It felt perfectly safe. :)

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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!

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

It was pretty incredible. :)

mail4rosey said...

Next time... :)

mail4rosey said...

What a great field trip!

mail4rosey said...

It was pretty sublime. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for the visit, Cathy.

mail4rosey said...

Your boys would probably LOVE it! :)

mail4rosey said...

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? :)

Ann Jones said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

Joyce Lansky said...

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

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mail4rosey said...

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. ;)

Mellissa Hanks said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

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!

mail4rosey said...

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.

Moms Gone Crazy said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

Helena Lemon said...

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

Pride In Photos said...

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.

Jennifer Clay said...

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

Stephanie said...

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

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Binky said...

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

Momma Lew said...

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

Marie Moody said...

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

gin said...

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

Cheriese said...

This looks so awesome! What a great experience!

Terri Lynn Grothe said...

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.

Colette S said...

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!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

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!

~ Noelle said...

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

alissa apel said...

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!

Ai Sakura said...

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

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Raising Reagan said...

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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Missy Lee said...

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 :)

John DeBellis said...

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

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Never been, but would like to go

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

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?

Veronica Lee said...

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

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

Loved the glass flooring
What a great vidit

mail4rosey said...

That was nice, thank you!

mail4rosey said...

What a great place for a honeymoon!

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

I think the night view would be awesome too.

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Cheriese. :)

mail4rosey said...

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. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I thought those boxes were really cool. :)

Loving your VBS post today, Colette!

mail4rosey said...

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

Tammy Graham said...

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!

mail4rosey said...

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. :)

mail4rosey said...

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).

mail4rosey said...

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. :)

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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. ;)

karine123 said...

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

mail4rosey said...

It wasn't scary.

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

mail4rosey said...

It's a good visit. :)

mail4rosey said...

No, show off, it does not. ;) :)

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for reading. :)

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

Tamara Camera said...

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!

Judy Haughton-James said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

Thanks for reading/visiting. :)

mail4rosey said...

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

Z said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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. :)

Renae Simple Sequins said...

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.

Carla said...

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. :)

Anonymous said...

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

Thanks for visiting ~ love having you.

Brandy said...

What an experience!

Nicole Q. said...

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

Cyndi Calhoun said...

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

Courtney B said...

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

mail4rosey said...

Those heels were pretty smoking hot, Renae. :)

mail4rosey said...

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.

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for visiting back and ditto. :)

mail4rosey said...

It was a nice one. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for reading. :)

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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. :)

Z said...

its been great knowing you. I really like ta xoox

Sandi Burns said...

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

Vonnie Bailey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

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

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mail4rosey said...

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

couponwahm said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

Maria said...

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

Kenya G. Johnson said...

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.

Theresa said...

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.

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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

mail4rosey said...

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. ;)

Lizbeth McGow said...

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!
hugs,
lizy

myshelomitashop said...

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!

mail4rosey said...

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!

mail4rosey said...

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.

Sonya M. Jones said...

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.

mail4rosey said...

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

Ira k said...

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?..

mail4rosey said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

mail4rosey said...

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. :(

Jane Ritz said...

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

mail4rosey said...

Thank you for your visit. :)

Couponing Away Debt said...

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

mail4rosey said...

I love to visit Chicago. :)

Rose-Marie said...

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!!!

thisisliferemix said...

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

Minta's Creations said...

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

Pam V H said...

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!

Jerry Marquardt said...

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.

Joanne T Ferguson said...

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!

rajee pandi said...

I wish my dream come true Love your pics

A. B. said...

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!

Julie Waldron said...

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.

Dorothy said...

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

Sara said...

Chicago sounds like a great place to visit.

Jerry Marquardt said...

I will be going to Willis Tower sometime before November next year, as I had just won tickets to "The Ledge" on the Sky-deck Chicago, which is the observatory for the Willis Tower. I cannot wait for the experience, maybe in the summertime!

Andrew Colton said...

Awesome!

Lisa Queen said...

This is very nice! I will have to add this on places that I want to visit. Thank you!

rochelle said...

You were in my hometown looking good

EasyBlog Themes said...

Walking on the glass on a hundred storey building is amazing and terrifying at the same time. But would love to try Sky Deck when I go to Chicago.

Befitting Style said...

I'm so scared to go experience this. But I'm glad you did. In not that brave.

rochelle said...

I live in Chicago nice place

Karen Propes said...

I can't believe I've been to Chicago twice and didn't go. Both times was for business and after work, we went out with some of the employees. I have put this on my places to see list for the next time. Thanks for sharing.

Tracie M. Cooper said...

The Willis Tower is on our bucket list for a trip Chicago, can't wait to see it.

Antoinette M said...

What a beautiful view! Not so sure about standing in one of those glass boxes!

Maryann D. said...

The photos and scenes are wonderful. I know I would be happy to visit Chicago again.