Sears Tower, Chicago
Located on Wacker Drive in the heart of the West Loop is the Sears Tower. The tower was completed in early 1973 and measures a height of 1,450 feet and 110-storys. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Chicago skyline and in the world.
Fondest memory: The skyline of this wonderful city rivals only that of New York. The Sears Tower was the tallest building for 25 years until the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia were built.
In the Fall of 2004 Taipei 101 took all but one title -- tallest to the tips of the antennas, which the Sears Tower still owns. Including the Sears Tower antennas, the total height of the Sears Tower increases to 1,725 feet.
103 floors high. That is where the Sky Deck, the Sears Tower's observation deck, is located. You should definetely take an elevator ride up there. Sears Tower is 1450 feet (443 meters) high and was the tallest building of the world for years until the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) were constructed. Nowadays it is still the tallest building in North America. On clear days you can see up to 50 miles from the top of Sears Tower. Unfortunately when I was there it was a cloudy day. But still the sky deck visit was worth the price of $ 9.50. Sears Tower was build in 1973 and more than 1.5 million tourists visit the landmark building every year.
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Go to the top of the Sears Tower! It's a breathtaking view from the observation floor. I recommend getting there just before dusk--then you can watch the lights come on for miles. Just make sure you pick a day when the clouds aren't low--if you do, all you'll see is fog from the top!
Just walking by, you can get a sense of the immense height involved here--it's really stunning, and I'm not all that easily impressed. :)
This famous city landmark was once the world’s tallest building with 110 storeys. However, the Sears Tower lost its title in 1996, to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Needless to say, the views are fantastic but so are the queues in the waiting rooms for the Skydeck on the 103rd floor. Every year, 1.5 million visitors come to take the 70-second ride in the lift (‘elevator’). Once at the top, if the weather is clear, the views reach Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana, up to 80km (50 miles) away. The Sears Tower guides are keen to inform people that, by using different criteria – highest occupied floor (469m/1431ft), highest roof (475m/1450ft), highest antenna (567m/1730ft) – this is still the world’s tallest building. It is owned by real estate and property management company TrizecHahn and is a working office building. The Skydeck has recently undergone a US$4-million renovation, turning it into a multimedia experience aimed at both adults and children, who are specifically catered for with the ‘Knee High’ attractions and exhibits.
Fondest memory: After being on top of the Sears Tower
Great place to be and you can say you were on top of the world.
Really great at night time. But when you have a clear day, you can see four states from up there.
There are though quite strickt security measures and it takes a bit till you go through all of them and finally arrive to the top deck. Just take your time and be ready for alot of crowd.
Visit Sears Tower... the observation deck lets visitors see the entire city from above.
Fondest memory: Best memory of Chicago... hmmmm... a few of my pals & I decided we wanted to find a Korean restaurant. The directions we got were to go to the end of the Brown line and we'd find one. So that's what we did... took the brown line train out to the end (about a 45 minute ride) & luckily, there was one passenger left who was kind enough to at least point the way to the right street. We ended up in a multi-ethnic neighborhood with Hispanics & Asians living & working side-by-side. We also had the best Korean meal I've ever had... thank goodness Cindi was with us (she's 2nd gen Korean-American from NJ).
Get over your fears and head for Sears Tower. The best way to get the lay of the land is to get up in the Skydeck on a clear weekday morning, and enjoy views miles in each direction.
Fondest memory: My favorite memory in Chicago is 1985, when the Bears won the Super Bowl. That's another thing about Chicago, we love sports of all kinds and if you're gonna fit in anywhere you better be watching the game and drinking beer.
You must see the Sears Tower, I loved it. You have an amazing view of about 4 states on a clear day
Fondest memory: I miss my friends that I went to visit. They are so nice. They were very good to me whilst I stayed with them. I also miss the great Thai restaurant they took me too :)
Favorite thing: Formerly the world's tallest building, before Petronas. The view from the 103rd floor was spectacular!!!
Favorite thing: I love the Sears Tower, our tallest buildling--besides the stunning height, it has great character and is just too photogenic. :)