Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chicago Trip, Part Three: Willis Tower

Our first stop in Chicago was the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower.

A little bit about it:  It stands 108 stories and 1,451 feet high.  At the time of it's completion in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world.   Currently it is the tallest building in the U.S. and the seventh-tallest free standing structure in the world.

(This gorgeous picture was stolen from wikipedia) =)

On our way up to the Skydeck (on the 103rd floor)

Very strange to be looking Down on skyscrapers

A tour boat on the Chicago river

A sweet lady put a quarter in here for Keenan

Looking out at beautiful Lake Michigan

Out over the city


John Hancock tower (with the two spikes on top)

I'm way too cool for these glasses

There's the kissing silhouette again

The coolest part?

Three years ago, they made an addition to the skydeck.   They added on four glass boxes that jut out from the building.  You can stand over Wacker Drive, 1,353 feet below.   Total.  Awesomeness.

Woohoo!

Looking way dooooown...

Keenan being brave by himself


Even Caleb got a turn (poor kid had no idea)

Look, Caleb!

Me inside looking at Philip and the kids

I love this one

Moriah outside

Waaay up there are the glass boxes

Here I'm zoomed in and you can actually see people in them!

This was a great experience and a Must see if you visit the city!

3 comments:

Aunt Heather said...

Those push out boxes: way too scary!

Mom W. said...

Nope, not me, not going up there, and never getting in one of those glass boxes!!! I'm with Heather!!!
But it sounds like you guys really enjoyed it a lot!!!

Mom E said...

I'm not sure I could look down when in the glass boxes. The Sears Tower was mentioned in one of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series we used to listen to on our many trips up north. Wonder if Philip remembers that. :) Willis is just too weird of a name for it, I think.