Sears Tower Information
The Sears Tower, lately renamed Willis Tower, has served as a proud architectural achievement for Chicago since its construction in 1973. Rising over the city at 1,450 feet and 110 stories high, Willis Tower held the honor of being the tallest building in the world until 1998. It continues, however, to hold that distinction in the U.S. In 1971, when the construction of the tower was just underway, Sears Roebuck & Company was the world’s largest retailer. They had the building erected in order to provide headquarter office space for the management of their prodigious workforce of 350,000 employees. In 2009, Willis Group Holding, Ltd. acquired the right to rename the building after leasing out a majority of the space inside. Despite the official change of name, Chicagoans still affectionately refer to it as the Sears Tower.
Visitors to the tower can enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views from the Skydeck, an observatory located on the 103rd floor of the building. When the skies are clear, distances of 40-50 miles are capable of being beheld. High powered telescopes help to enhance the views. A recent addition to the site, a walk out ledge, allows visitors to look directly down on the city from 1,353 feet above. The Skydeck also features an exhibit inside showing various photos from present day and historical Chicago.
Coupon Codes, Discounts, and Ways to Save at the Sears Tower
General admission prices to the tower are $15.95 for adults and $11 for children between the ages of 3 and 11, but to avoid the possible 2 hour wait, there is a fast pass option that costs $30. A tour package that provides personal audio for the visit inside is also available at $21.45 for adults and $16.50 for children. Discounts are available when using the following passes and coupons.
Go Chicago Card
Users can visit over 30 of the most popular destinations in Chicago. Card prices are determined according to the number of days visitors wish to use it. 2-day cards run at $89.99(Adults), $69.00(Children), 3-day $109.99(Adults) $84.99(Children), 5-day $139.99(Adults) $109.99(Children) and 7-day $159.99(Adults) $129.99(Children). The more sites seen, the more money saved. Users can save up to as much as 50%. Passes can be purchased online at smartdestinations.com, mailed to your home or picked up at the attraction.
Chicago City Pass
The pass entitles users to visit a selection of five Chicago attractions, including the Sears Tower Skydeck fast pass option. Pass prices for adults is $69 and $59 for children and is valid for 9 days. Users will enjoy a 48% savings when using the pass. Passes can be purchased online at citypass.com, mailed to your home, or bought at any of the five attractions. The online passes are sent as e-tickets and need to be traded in at the site in order to receive the actual City Pass.
Chicago Explorer Pass
This pass gives visitors the opportunity to select any three out of a long list of Chicago attractions, including the Sears Tower. The pass is good for 30 days and costs adults $52 and children $40. Up to 20% can be saved by using it. The pass can be purchased online at smartdestinations.com, mailed to your home or picked up at the attraction.
Chicago Office of Tourism Coupon
The office provides a coupon good for one multi-media tour on the Skydeck. The coupon can be printed at the chicagoofficeoftourism.com website and must be brought to the Sears Tower to be redeemed.