Chicago’s loftiest building provides one helluva view from its 103rd-floor Skydeck. Step onto the glass-floored Ledge for a feeling of mid-air suspension and stomach-lurching view straight down. Look outward and you can see over four states (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan).
For almost 25 years this was the world’s tallest skyscraper, but then behemoths in China, Dubai and elsewhere shot past it. In the USA, only NYC’s One World Trade Center is higher.
And in case you’re wondering: the Willis Tower was the Sears Tower until mid-2009, when insurance broker Willis Group Holdings bought the naming rights.
A primo time to visit is about an hour before sunset in good weather. Note that Skydeck lines can be lengthy – more than an hour – in summer between 11 am and 4 pm.