So, yesterday I did it! I sat at the edge of the Ledge all the way up on the 110 story, 1,450 Willis Tower.
Formerly known as the Sears Tower, this skyscraper held the record as the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center site was built in 2014. There I sat at the was edge of the Ledge on December 10, 2018.
Ok, so I was at the Sears Tower for a second time, with my son Jason and my friend Linda. The first time I was there was when he was about five.
We were there with my daughter Carrie as well. It was a very foggy day, but the kids were all about the tower, fog or now fog.
Telling Linda that the tower was a must. She was a trooper! We rose to the dizzying heights only to see a few feet in front of us. But I had happy kids. End of story.
My son is now a man and asked me to go to Chicago and spend the day with me. Of course my heart melted and we took the train to the Windy City for his birthday.
On our bucket list was the Willis Tower and the Ledge. Linda again went with us. This time, thankfully we had a much better view!
The glass enclosed Ledge is part of the Skydeck experience. Located on the 103rd floor, the Ledge extends 4.3 feet out into the air allowing you a view like no other. Linda and Jason and I braved the Ledge and posed for the time allotted.
Before stepping out on the Ledge we had gawked at the panoramic view of the cityscape out the sky deck windows. The Skydeck offers a view of 50 miles and four states.
The tower was designed by Fazlur Rahman Kahn and today is the 2nd tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. It is the 16th tallest building in the world. It was renamed the Willis Tower in 2009 when the building was leased by the Willis Group.
The largest tenant of the tower is United Airlines. They occupy 20 floors.
You can purchase tickets ahead of time.
Linda had purchased ours ahead of time and while it wasn’t really crowded the day we were there this kept us from waiting in a long line.
If you are not afraid of heights, and even though I am not, it is quite daunting, this is an amazing experience. The view is unparalleled!
I had a great time with my son and my friend. We made memories on the edge of the Ledge!