It is the tallest building in North America and 8th tallest in the world at 1,450 feet.
On a clear day (today was kinda hazy) you can see 4 states from the skydeck.
It has a total of 16,100 windows.
In order to get there we took the water taxi from Michigan Ave
. Best taxi ride ever (see first blog entry!). They have some great passageways through Chicago. So, somehow, Chicago is really a hybrid of Venice and New York City-- though not nearly as many Italians (that aren't "connected" at least). It only took about 10 minutes, but we saw quite an array of architecture and some stellar metalwork on the bridges overhead. We saw the largest looking building we have ever seen, eliciting a "whoa" from Noah. Our taxi captain provided us with the quote of the day: Noah and I were at the front of the boat and I had turned to face the back to get one of the nifty pics with the front facing camera of my iPad over my shoulder. It looked like I was taking a pic of the captain. So I told him not to worry I was taking a pic of myself. He said it was okay, he has gotten his pic taken thousands of times, movies done, he was on the Internet, Facebook, YouTube, everywhere. I said YouTube? And he said:
"oh man, I am all over YouTube!"
Wow, had no idea we were being driven by a movie star!
Number of the day: 103
First as in DEGREES. Yep, but at least it's a dry heat ... wait, can't use that here... we are dripping.
Next as in FLOORS.
Everything about the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) seems very new and high tech
. The elevator was super fast and had a nice video presentation showing the height of various landmarks around the world that you were now passing. The views from floor 103 were spectacular -- I don't know how many states we saw, but with every thing so flat, you could see for miles and miles. The skydeck ledge is all glass (about 1.5 " thick) and that first step out into nothing is pretty freaky. Noah, of course, was a cool customer about the whole thing. Me, I tried to lay down and get a great angle for a pic, but I am using an iPad and am not a photog prodigy, so there was only so much I could do. We ended up buying the one they took.
The rest of the day was for just roaming around. Went down LaSalle St. where they filmed The Untouchables and The Dark Knight. Ate some good ribs and burgers for dinner.
Tomorrow will be the Museum of Science and Industry and whatever else we can think of for our last day in Chicago.
Our journey now takes us to what has become a tradition for Noah and I. Find the tallest building and go up as far as we can. Several times we have conquered the Empire State Building and nothing compares to the history there. But, for altitude, the Willis Tower has it beat. A few fun facts to appreciate (or not):