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Willis Tower (formerly named and still commonly referred to as Sears Tower) is no longer the tallest building in the world, still the Tower remains an important destination. It’s main attraction is it’s observatory deck, which looks out around for about fifty miles. The best part of the sky deck is the glass balcony, a ledge that extends out of the building, allowing you the surreal feeling of standing on thin air. If you happen to be here when the sun goes down, the sights are just beautiful.
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The Ledge area is a disaster. We went late on a Saturday, which is the busiest day, so we expected the lines and switchbacks to be pretty full. The lines to the top aren't ideal and much inferior to Top of the Rock or the Space Needle with their arrival time systems, but it was still at least orderly. Then we get to the top and work our way around to The Ledger area. It is just a huge mass of people. There is no order and no staff. The first ledge is in a corner of the building. Everyone pushes toward it, but there is no traffic flow. You push toward the glass box then you have to push back against everyone again to exit the glass box. Everyone is complaining about how long people are taking. There is no rule or enforcement on a proper amount of time to be on The Ledge. It was at least an hour at the top just to make it to the Ledge which was the main reason to stand in the 90 minutes of lines to get to the top. I know their is a charge for John Hancock's Tilt, but it is 100 times better run and a more interesting then the Ledge. There is an actual traffic flow and a timed event. For such an engineering accomplishment, it is just crazy the attraction at the top is completely lacking in decent experience engineering.
I had the BEST experience! It was the first time I ever went up there. The employees moved the lines quickly so that more people would come in faster, It only took us like 30 minutes to get all the way to the top. The reason was because we came early, I suggest that you should come around 8-9 a.m because there is not that much people around. When we got out of the building, there was a huge line that stretched outside the tower. I'm happy I was early! :D
If you love photography. Do the Pizza in the sky. Around$170 per person. Was only 10 people on the whole 103 floor. Taking pictures for 2 hrs. It felt like 20 min.
It's a great experience and everyone should go see it, but it is far from perfect. First off, it seems to be very disorganized, no time limits, and no bathrooms on the observation floor. People can stay on the observation floor as long as they want even if they aren't doing anything and are holding up other people on the floor, so don't go if you have a schedule you have to stick to, like my group did. It was a big stretch just to give everyone a little chance to see it. Oh, and no bathrooms, so don't drink anything when you wait. However, it is a great experience, just make sure you have time.
You should definitely go to Willis Tower (previously known as Sears Tower) to have a broader look of Chicago. It has excellent views to the four cardinal points. They also have a sort of balcony, made of glass which folds out of the building at floor 103, and you feel like you are on the air. Very nice shop to buy some stuff when you leave. It's a must.