eleven things to Keep in Mind When Visiting the skydeck chicago

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Skydeck Chicago is an hour before sunset, and the second best time to visit Skydeck Chicago is early in the morning.

Best season to visit

Winter is the best season to go up on Skydeck Chicago. You can reach the observatory on the 103rd floor in about 10 minutes during December, January, or February.

Duration required

A complete tour of Skydeck Chicago can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the crowd and the waiting lines. Some tourists are known even to wind up their visit in an hour.

Time limit

Time on the Ledge is limited for visitors. Groups with three or fewer members get a maximum of 60 seconds/group, and groups of four or more members get a maximum of 90 seconds/group.

Check for events

The Skydeck occasionally hosts special events. Check the Skydeck Chicago website or social media channels to see if any special events coincide with your visit.

Avoid large bags

No storage lockers are available at the Skydeck. So avoid larger bags or suitcases to the attraction and bring smaller bags to carry them around easily.

Food and drinks

You can eat and drink at the Skydeck Chicago. No restaurants are on the observation platforms, but the lobby offers numerous food and drink options for all kinds of visitors.

Bring a camera

The views from the Skydeck are stunning, so be sure to bring your camera or smartphone to capture memorable photos of the Chicago skyline.

Book in advance

Buying tickets online in advance can save time and energy by skipping the ticket counter line. Buy a Fast Pass to skip the elevator line.

Standard ticket

This Standard Skydeck entry ticket gives you access to all observation decks and exhibits in the observatory. With this online ticket, you also get to avoid the long lines at the ticket counter.