At one point, it was the tallest building in the world. Now, it is currently the tallest building in America. Once named the Sears Tower, it is now named the Willis Tower. But people may still refer to it as the Sears Tower, and I tend to use them interchangeably. Regardless of ranking or name of this building, the trip to the top is worth it, for a bird's eye view of Chicago.
Entering the building, you go down to the bottom floor, where you have to go through security, like at an airport. After paying admission, there is a short film about the tower. After that, it is the ride to the top. During the elevator ride, a video plays as you are zipped to the observation deck.
Walking around, you get nice views of the city and Lake Michigan. And on a clear day, 3 other states can be seen. On the west side, there is a glass balcony, where it does feel like you are standing in air, as you look straight down, more than 100 stories.
Crowds can make things difficult, especially at the glass balconies, as some people think that they have the whole space to themselves.
When getting back to the bottom, you go through a gift shop, where there are displays on Abraham Lincoln, who was an Illinois native and his political career started there as well. Some of the things on display include his famous black hat and other personal effects. This section is worth checking out for history buffs.
Overall, this attraction should not be missed if in Chicago.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.