The Willis Tower certainly has the distinction of being the tallest freestanding structure in Chicago, and it is definitely one of the most beautiful ones, as well. The Willis Tower certainly offers a breathtaking view of the skyline of the city. It was built in 1973 and is currently one of the tallest buildings in the country. During its construction, the sky scrapers used on the towers were made of fiberglass. Today they are covered with glass, which makes the view even more spectacular.
The Willis Tower Chicago has a huge observatory deck that overlooks the lake and the city. When it was completed, the Tower was the second tallest building in Chicago and today it is the tallest building in Chicago, when considering only residential usage. At almost 100 stories, the Tower offers an incredible view of the downtown area, Oak Street and the nearby park district. In fact, from the observation deck the view is simply breathtaking. Today, the Tower is home to the Willis Tower Conservatory, an elegant addition to the building.
The skydeck of the Tower itself is actually comprised of seven stories. Of course, each story is capped by another balcony, allowing visitors to look out onto the crisp waters of Lake Michigan and the surrounding area. The top two floors are comprised of offices for the tower’s tenants, which also house the offices of the museum that houses the renowned Art Collections of Chicago. The offices are also where the public can go to watch the free fall and balloon viewing. The bottom two floors are home to the retail shops of the Tower, which offer a variety of goods, such as books, souvenirs, and furniture.
The Willis Tower, as it sits today, is a striking sight. While it is certainly impressive, especially from the ground, one has to wonder what was going on over there in 18 Babeu days when the scaffold collapsed and the entire building came crashing down. Fortunately, none of the people hurt in the collapse were hurt more seriously than they would have been if they had not seen the Willis Tower implodes! The collapse of the Tower was a major event in Chicago’s history, and it is still commemorated with a Park District Commission guided walking tour through the top portions of the Tower. The famous “Willis Tower View” is still used today, and although it is not an open day, the tours offer a great way to get a taste of the history that is still there.
If you want to be in the loop, you should definitely buy a Chicago hotel package. Some hotels offer discount codes for visitors wanting to stay at the Tower, which means that you can save a bundle on your airfare and other expenses while staying right in the heart of the city. When it comes to saving money while visiting the Windy City, many tourists choose to simply buy a Chicago hotel package instead of paying for a Chicago hotel room, which can end up costing them more money in the long run. When you buy a Chicago hotel package instead of a Chicago hotel room, you get to enjoy complimentary breakfast, welcome drinks, free parking, special rooms and more within the hotel’s walls.
One of my favorite parts about visiting the Windy City is seeing the sign at the top of the Willis Tower, which still advertises Chicago and offers visitors the best time to visit. As I mentioned before, the sign was not only designed by an engineer, but it is also an engineering marvel, made from one hundred and eighty-three glass boxes that are suspended from the sixty-floor high ceiling. These glass boxes reflect and refract the sun, which is why it is possible to see the sign at night.