It's a $17.50 cost for the privilege of this view. Our personal opinion is that this is a steep price to pay for essentially a half hour experience. And it wasn't very busy this particular day yet we thought there were quite a few people up there. To us, it would not be very enjoyable on a busy day. Besides, there are a LOT of high towers in Chicago and with a little bit of research it wouldn't take much effort to find one that has FREE views from high up. But if you really need to be at the highest, the Willis Tower does have fantastic views of the city, in all directions!
The downtown core.
The tallest church in the world. This office building was actually built with a chapel at the top.
The downtown prison. You can see the inmates having recreation time on the roof!
They built these glass enclosures at the 103rd floor SkyDeck to enhance the experience.
Very cool looking down!
By the time we finished up at the Willis Tower it was getting on towards 4:00pm. We were pretty tired, but we had kayaking scheduled at 7:00pm. So we took the bus back to the hotel and had a sandwich and relaxed for an hour before heading back to downtown.
We thought we had a pretty good day already, but it was about to get better with http://www.urbankayaks.com/!