I admit it – the big attraction for me for visiting the Willis (aka Sears) Tower was to get a chance to snap a picture of my feet standing on that glass shelf suspended 103 stories over the Chicago River.
Yep. Totally worth it.
Oh and by the way, there are also completely amazing views from this vantage point, especially on a beautiful, clear day like this. I’m not really bothered by heights – especially when it’s completely enclosed like the Willis Tower (when it’s open air with just screening to keep you on board I do tend to hang onto my glasses!) – and I’m always looking for a chance to get up high and take a look around – the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Arch d’ Triumph, various lighthouses and observation points – so I had been looking forward to this for a long time. It didn’t disappoint.
The tallest building in the world from 1973-1998, the Willis Tower still ranks #12 in the world and is the second tallest in the United States having just recently been surpassed by One World Trade Center. On a day like this one you can see as far as fifty miles in all directions.
A huge attraction for the Willis Tower is the novelty of glass cubes (named The SkyDeck) hanging off the side of the building, giving you the illusion of being suspended in midair. There was a huge crowd waiting their turn at the ledges (there are two for the general public with a third reserved for special groups), but everyone was cheerful and patient while people took multiple pictures. There was lots of laughter and chatter, everyone excited (and some nervous) about standing on the ledge. Someone asked me to take his picture and then took mine for me in return. We were all one big happy family of adventurers, at least for a few minutes.