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Skydeck Chicago Willis Tower Tickets and Prices

SKYDECK CHICAGO - CHICAGO AT YOUR FEET

The Willis Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago, home to more than 100 companies including prominent law, insurance, transportation and financial services. The iconic building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, encompassing more than 4.5 million square feet, including its Skydeck and 103rd floor glass viewing platform. The Ledge, part of the Skydeck observation floor, attracts more than 1.3 million visitors every year.

At 1,353 feet up and open daily Skydeck Chicago offers spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits. Included with Skydeck admission, The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor, providing visitors never-before-seen views of the city.

 

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COMBO TICKET FOR 3 ICONIC CHICAGO ATTRACTIONS - ADLER PLANETARIUM, SHEDD AQUARIUM & SKYDECK
You can visit each attraction on a different day! 
 

SHEDD AQUARIUM (Buy your tickets now and skip the long lines)

Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) contains over 25,000 fish, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons of water.  The Shedd Aquarium, which opened on May 30, 1930, was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection.  Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,500 aquatic animals. Explore the recreated environments of the Amazon River and Philippine coral reefs.

NEW - AMPHIBIANS!
Get ready for a toadally ribbiting experience! Shedd’s new special exhibit, Amphibians.
​In Amphibians, you’ll meet 40 species of frogs, salamanders and rarely seen caecilians. Learn how amphibians’ lives are full of change, from their life cycles to their adaptations to live in nearly every environment on Earth. Find out how too much change can spell trouble for amphibians — and how you can help them cope with big changes in our world today! 

 EXHIBITS INCLUDED WITH OUR SHEDD PASS PLUS TICKETS:

You get access to All Permanent and Temporary Exhibits Including:

  • Waters of the World
  • Caribbean Reef
  • Amazon Rising
  • Abott Oceanarium
  • Polar Play Zone
  • Stingray Touch (open late May to October)
  • Amphibians Special Exhibit
  • Oceanarium Live Aquatic Presentation (tickets are available via kiosk inside aquarium)



WHAT YOU GET WITH the 365 TICKETS USA SHEDD PASS PLUS:

Fast-pass entry to the aquarium - You won't need to wait in the general  ticket purchase line at the front of the museum.  Show your 365 Tickets USA Shedd Pass Plus ticket to one of the Shedd personnel in front of the aquarium and they will direct you through the Will/Call Prepaid doors to the Information Desk where you will receive your wristbands and tickets for the Oceanarium Live Aquatic Show before you head into the aquarium.

Access to all of the permanent and temporary exhibits - You will be able to explore all that the Shed Aquarium has to offer at your leisure. You will be able to choose a time to see the Live Aquatic Presentation in the Abott Oceanarium during your visit.

Please Note: Our Shedd Pass Plus Ticket DOES include the Oceanarium Live Aquatic Presentation and DOES include entry to the Stingray Touch Exhibit (open late May to October). It DOES NOT include the 4D Experience, movies which can purchased as an add-on at the aquarium for $3.00 per person if you choose.

  • The Oceanarium Live Aquatic Presentation​ IS included however based on available seating and remaining show times at the time of guest arrival. (2018 Aquatic Presentation Schedule)

  • Stingray Touch (seasonal experience) IS included.  Open late May to October.

  • 4D Experience IS NOT included however the 4D Experience tickets may be purchased at the theatre for $3.000 per -person

 


Adler Planetarium - Anytime All Access Pass

Explore the best the Adler has to offer–its premier show, Destination Solar System, playing in the Grainger Sky Theater.

The Anytime All Access Pass offers access to all exhibitions, which features Adler’s world class collections, as well as the Atwood Sphere Experience and your choice of unlimited shows including, Destination Solar System.


 


SKYDECK CHICAGO

Whether it is braving The Ledge or learning about The Windy City, visitors get a 'one stop Chicago' experience on their journey to 103.

The Skydeck offers a breathtaking view of the city of Chicago. This is a great opportunity to climb the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), the worlds tallest building from 1974 until 1998, and see the beautiful architecture of the city and its endless views of Lake Michigan.

The more adventurous can go to the "The Ledge", the newest acquisition of the Skydeck, allowing the visitor to walk out on a 4' glass floor viewing the city in a different perspective.

Inclusions:

  • Admission to Skydeck Chicago & "The Ledge"
  • Video and interactive exhibits
  • Hearing- assistance receivers available for video


Exclusions:

Souvenir photographs

Additional info:

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair, scooter and stroller accessible
Skylights Tour is available in English, Spanish, German and Japanese, and also in written script
 

Skydeck Ticket Info:

Your ticket can be printed or displayed on your mobile device for entry.

Tickets are valid for 6 months from the date selected.
The ticket is for general admission entry and is not a fast pass entry ticket.
The main Skydeck entrance is accessible from the Franklin lobby.
Please note tickets are non-refundable. No refunds for visibility change. All sales are final and subject to our Terms & Conditions.


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SHEDD AQUARIUM EXHIBITS

AMPHIBIANS!

Get ready for a toadally ribbiting experience! Shedd’s new special exhibit, Amphibians, included with admission
​In Amphibians, you’ll meet 40 species of frogs, salamanders and rarely seen caecilians. Learn how amphibians’ lives are full of change, from their life cycles to their adaptations to live in nearly every environment on Earth. Find out how too much change can spell trouble for amphibians — and how you can help them cope with big changes in our world today! 

Waters of the World
Travel the world in 80 habitats.
Dive into Oceans, from coastal kelp forests to the seafloor. Explore the self-contained ecosystems of Islands and Lakes. Visit Rivers—big and small—and learn more about our local waters in the new At Home on the Great Lakes exhibit. Meet hundreds of amazing animals, from tiny mantella frogsto a a giant octopus, from a Grand Cayman blue iguana to Nile knifefish, and from moon jellies to sea stars. We even have map turtles, in case you get lost.

Caribbean Reef

Take a 360-degree tour of an underwater reef community.
Follow a green sea turtle. Peek at a moray eel in a rocky crevice. Watch regal rays glide by. Get eye-to-eye with parrot fish and sharks. Visit Caribbean Reef, Shedd’s award-winning 90,000-gallon circular habitat in the grand rotunda.

Amazon Rising

Take an exotic journey in the Amazon, home to one-third of all living things.
Watch out for anacondas and piranhas, spiders, rays and a camouflaged caiman. In churning river channels, still lakes and even flooded treetops look for tetras, turtles and fruit-eating fish called tambaqui. See how the region’s animals, plants and people adapt to the water’s dramatic annual rise and fall.

Abbott Oceanarium

The Abbott Oceanarium immerses you in the vibrant coastal ecosystem of beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea otters and sea lions. You’ll also find a host of fishes and invertebrates that make their homes where freshwater flows into the ocean or where tides turn seascapes to landscapes and back again each day. Use our self-guided map to discover how animals are linked to each other, their homes and you.

Polar Play Zone

Kids have a place at Shedd that they can call their own—Polar Play Zone. It’s cool as ice and twice as nice! The penguins think so, too.

Play! Splash! Pretend! What would you like to be? A sleek sliding penguin? A deep-sea explorer? How about both? In Polar Play Zone, you can slip into a penguin suit and try being a bird in the Icy South play area. From there, head to the Icy North to explore the belugas’ Arctic waters in a kid-sized submarine. Don’t forget to shake hands—or is it arms?—with colorful sea stars in the touch pools. In Polar Play Zone, you’ll learn about polar opposites—big and small, fast and slow, shallow and deep, even north and south—while you play.

  • The Oceanarium Aquatic Presentation​ is included however based on available seating and remaining show times at the time of guest arrival. (2018 Aquatic Presentation Schedule)
  • Stingray Touch (seasonal experience) is included.  Open late May through October.
  • 4D Experience is not included however the 4D experience tickets may be purchased at the theatre for $3.00 per -person
  • Pets are not allowed in the aquarium
     

 

Adler Planetarium Featured Shows: 

Planet Nine - 

In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft gave us our first close look at Pluto, the most famous dwarf planet in the outskirts of our Solar System. The New Horizons flyby was big news, and the pictures it continues to send back to Earth reveal a world far more complex than anyone realized.

Destination Solar System - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

The year is 2096. Space tourism is booming, and you’ve signed up for a quick trip around the Solar System with Space Express Tours!

In this live show, your guides are Jesse, a lovable rookie tour guide who can’t wait to show you the wonders of your celestial neighborhood, and Max, the much more experienced—if slightly grumpy—shipboard computer.

With Max steering the ship and Jesse chattering excitedly about each place you visit, you’ll soar through the Asteroid Belt, explore the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and hover over the roiling surface of the Sun. Hold on tight!

Cosmic Wonder - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

Ever since the first curious person looked up at the night sky, people all over the world have challenged themselves to uncover its secrets. What are stars? How did they get there? Why does our view of the sky change throughout the year? What holds the Universe together?

Skywatch Live - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

The Adler’s view of downtown Chicago is magnificent, but the lights of the city make it a little tough to see the ones in the sky. What’s a stargazer to do? Join us for Skywatch Live!

In this show, your live presenter will turn down the city lights and crank up the stars to show you the night sky over Chicago like you’ve never seen it before. You’ll learn how to navigate by starlight, get to know the stars behind your favorite constellations, and witness the incomprehensible vastness of the Universe without ever leaving your seat.

Earth, Moon & Sun - 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

With the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions, kids will laugh and learn as they explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun. Coyote has lots of misconceptions about our world, the universe, and well… just about everything. Coyote’s humorous mistaken ideas about the universe help the audience understand how the Earth, Moon, and Sun work together as a great big system.

Undiscovered Worlds - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

Until very recently, the only planets known to us were the familiar worlds in orbit around our Sun. In the last two decades we have confirmed more than 1500 new planets, called exoplanets, orbiting other stars; thousands more are awaiting study. Undiscovered Worlds tells the tale surrounding this explosion of discovery and examines what will be required to determine which, if any, of these new exoplanets can support life.

Welcome to the Universe - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

In Welcome to the Universe, you’ll get a clear picture of your place in this jaw-dropping cosmic landscape. With the guidance of a live presenter, you’ll explore the Pleiades star cluster, sail past the Andromeda galaxy, navigate the galaxies of the Coma Cluster, and discover hidden wonders of the Universe.

One World, One Sky:  Big Bird's Adventure - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

Join Big Bird and Elmo on an unforgettable journey to the Moon and back!

When Elmo’s friend Hu Hu Zhu stops by Sesame Street for a visit, he notices that Sesame Street is a little bit different from his home in China. But when he looks up at the sky, he feels right at home. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu may live in different cities, but they share the same sky!

Featured Exhibits:

(Temporary) - What is a Planet? - 

What You’ll See And Do:

  • Witness how astronomers and the media reacted to Pluto’s reclassification in 2006.
  • Learn what the current definition of a planet is and hear what Adler Astronomers think of the current definition.
  • Voice your opinion about Pluto alongside skeptics and space enthusiasts through an interactive voting poll in real time.
  • Explore artifacts from the Adler collections that illustrate the ever-evolving definition of a planet.
  • This temporary exhibition, which is included with general admission, will be open to the public from March 19, 2016 through January 8, 2017.

Mission Moon - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

Mission Moon invites you to experience America’s first steps into space through the eyes of NASA’s Captain James A. Lovell Jr. and his family.

You’ll find out how the United States became the first nation to put a man on the Moon, what it’s really like to be an astronaut, and why it takes a team to explore uncharted worlds.

Community Design Lab - 

In the Community Design Lab (CDL), you can test different materials to find out which ones will survive the journey to 100,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. Your discoveries may find their way into a future flight with Far Horizons, the Adler’s high-altitude ballooning program!

If you could photograph an object in space, what would it be, and who would you share it with? In the CDL, you can build a DIY telescope-mount for your smartphone and become an instant astrophotographer! Test it out on one of our ’scopes and share your photos on social media.

Our Solar System - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

Our Solar System is much more than a star and eight planets; it is home to a set of diverse and amazing objects that we are only beginning to understand. Pilot your own adventure in Our Solar System and explore the variety of objects currently orbiting our Sun.

The Universe - A Walk Through Space & Time - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

Transport yourself to the distant corners of the cosmos and witness how the Universe evolved over 13.7 billion years, from the Big Bang to this morning’s sunrise.

Follow the Universe from its meager beginnings and see how galaxies, stars, planets—and all the atoms in your body—were created as the Universe grew. Explore regions farther than our Solar System, billions of light-years from home. Zoom from one wondrous location in the Universe to another and investigate the most diverse and beautiful objects in deep space in ultra high resolution from the world’s most advanced telescopes.

Planet Explorers - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

Are you interested in going to space and exploring other planets? Prepare for your out-of-this-world adventure in Planet Explorers.

Begin by exploring your home, your backyard, and the sky above. What you discover will prepare you for your mission to space and the mysterious Planet X.

Telescopes:  Through the Looking Glass - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

Astronomers have studied the cosmos for thousands of years, but until about 400 years ago, they did it without telescopes! In Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass, you’ll find extraordinary beauty and technology in some of the world’s most important telescopes and learn how these clever light-catching devices helped us discover our Universe.

Clark Family Gallery 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

This futuristic, constantly changing environment features a one-of-a-kind architecture with vibrant lighting and video presentations. It was created using approximately 13,000 linear feet of aluminum tubing and 20,000 square yards of fabric. The gallery also has 125 LED lights, each capable of producing sixteen million different colors and over two billion different lighting combinations.

Astronomy in Culture - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

Go back in time and learn about some of the people and societies who have challenged themselves to understand our place in the Universe. This exhibition features spectacular astrolabes, armillary spheres, and sundials to illustrate the medieval European and Middle Eastern conception of the Universe. Visit our medieval classroom to find out how much different school was back then. Learn how to use early astronomy tools including astrolabes and sundials.

Atwood Sphere - 

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER

Experience the night sky over Chicago as it appeared in 1913 in the Atwood Sphere – Chicago’s oldest planetarium. Although the star positions have not changed since then, we can see only a small percentage of these stars in our current night sky due to light pollution. The sphere is seventeen feet in diameter and has 692 holes drilled through its metal surface. These holes allow light to enter and show the positions of the brightest stars in the night sky.

Take a live guided tour of the Atwood Sphere and identify stars and the constellations they form.


 


SKYDECK CHICAGO 

At 1,353 feet and 110 stories above the streets of downtown Chicago, The Ledge at the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower)  Skydeck will transform any visitor's--or local's for that matter--experience with the Windy City. In January 2009, Willis Tower owners began a major renovation of the beloved Skydeck, which originally opened in 1974, and served as a premier tourist attraction throughout the skyscraper's tenure as the Sears Tower. When ownership changed hands, the fresh blood added a fresh look--and adrenaline rush--to the 103rd floor in the form of retractable glass balconies extending about 4 feet over Wacker Drive and the Chicago River below. Still the 8th tallest building in the world, and the absolute tallest in the Western Hemisphere, Willis Tower's Skydeck draws 1.5 million people a year who are eager to ascend the 110-story, 1,454 foot (443 meter) building for awesome panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside. 

Your journey to the top of the Willis Tower starts with a walk through an airport-style metal detector, followed by a slow elevator ride down to the waiting area where visitors queue for tickets. A sign will tell you how long you'll have to wait to get up high; this is a good time to confirm the visibility. Even days that seem sunny can have upper-level haze that limits the view. On good days, however, you can see for 40 to 50 miles (64 to 80 kilometers), as far as the states of Indiana, Michigan. Iowa, and Wisconsin.

While you wait, you can watch a film about Willis Tower factoids. Then you'll wait a little longer before the ear-popping, 70 second elevator ride up to the 103rd floor deck. From here, the entire city stretches below, and you can see exactly how Chicago is laid out.

Willis Tower, Skydeck, and The Ledge Fast Facts

  • The hundreds of forehead prints visitors left behind each week on Skydeck windows served as this inspiration for The Ledge.
  • The Ledge boxes can each bear about 4-1/2 metric tons of weight, and adventurers who trust that statistic enough to prove it can often be found jumping and bounding around the entirely translucent enclosures as Chicago's heavy traffic and infrastructure bustle below.
  • The Ledge’s glass panels weight 1,500 pounds apiece, and each box is comprised of three layers of half-inch thick glass laminated into one seamless unit.
  • In addition to serving 1.3 million tourists per year in its 4.5+ million square feet of space, Willis Tower is home to more than 100 companies, including prominent law, insurance, transportation, and financial services.
  • The Ledge's glass boxes retract into the Skydeck main floor for easy maintenance, probably mostly cleaning off the 974 dead birds that must fly into them every month.
  • The Moonwalk is the most popular dance performed on The Ledge, followed closely by the Running Man. Riverdance clocks in at a distant third.
  • Bringing people who are afraid of heights to The Ledge is not recommended, unless you are mean-spirited or really don't like them. In which case, you should probably just take them here.
  • Willis Tower was known as Sears Tower for decades, until the 30th anniversary of Diff'rent Strokes, at which point it was rightfully renamed.

SHEDD AQUARIUM & ADLER PLANETARIUM

Driving Directions - From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 18th Street. Follow Museum Campus Drive around Soldier Field. Signs will indicate visitor parking. Shedd is just north of the parking garage and the Field Museum.
Limited street parking is available on Solidarity Drive. The pay-to-park boxes operate Monday through Sunday, 08.00 to 21.00 They accept coins and credit cards. Parking costs $2 an hour with a 10-hour maximum. The Museum Campus also has several lots where you can park.

Public Transport - The Museum Campus is served year-round by the CTA's #146 bus. Service hours are until 10:30 p.m. every day. Between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, if you're using Metra or Amtrak, you can also catch the #130 bus to Shedd.


Adler Planetarium is located at Museum Campus, 1300 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60605.


Skydeck Chicago

The Skydeck is located in the Willis Tower, 110 stories above the ground! Willis Tower is located 233 S Wacker Drive.

Where do people park?
Parking is conveniently located directly across the street from the tower on Franklin Street. Tower Self Park, operated by InterPark, is located at 211 W. Adams with parking access from either Franklin or Adams. We recommend contacting InterPark at 312/935-2724 to discuss pre-paid parking or discounted parking vouchers. 


  • The Oceanarium Aquatic Presentation​ is included however based on available seating and remaining show times at the time of guest arrival. (2018 Aquatic Presentation Schedule)
  • Stingray Touch (seasonal experience) is included.  Open late May through October.
  • 4D Experience is not included however the 4D experience tickets may be purchased at the theatre for $3.00 per -person
  • Pets are not allowed in the aquarium
  • Weapons are not allowed in the aquarium


Skydeck Ticket Info:

Your ticket can be printed or displayed on your mobile device for entry.

Tickets are valid for 6 months from the date selected.
The ticket is for general admission entry and is not a fast pass entry ticket.
The main Skydeck entrance is accessible from the Franklin lobby.
Please note tickets are non-refundable. No refunds for visibility change. All sales are final and subject to our Terms & Conditions.

 

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At 1,353 feet up and open daily, Skydeck Chicago offers spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits.