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May 31, 2012
From journal Weekend in Chicago
August 6, 2010
July 20, 2006
From journal The Windy City in One Day!
July 7, 2006
From journal Long Windy Weekend in Chicago
Buffalo, New York
January 19, 2006
From journal Highlights of Chicago
December 18, 2004
After paying for your tickets ($9/person), you are then directed to a small movie theater, which shows an odd little movie of aerial views of Illinois and Chicago. It is a nice movie to look at, but it has very little to do with the Sears Tower itself.
From there you get on the elevator that takes you to the Observation Deck. The deck also has a photo history display of the tower and Chicago, which was interesting.
After taking numerous photos, we rode back down the elevator and exited into the gift shop, where there are five, count them, five coin-smashing machine: four for pennies and one for quarters. Being a collector, I spent $8 getting all 16 pennies, plus another $1.50 getting two quarters. I'd have gotten all four quarters, but I ran out of change. Strange hobby, I know, but I love it!
June 18, 2004
The city that invented skyscrapers hosts the second tallest building in the world, 1,450 feet high (443 meters), 110 stories . . . it's also a place of business with a lot of offices. For tourists like you and I, the sky deck is all that we're going to see: it's at 1,353 feet (412 meters), at the top floor. If the sky is clear, you'll be able to see four states! The sky deck also has a museum about the Tower's past. It's quite impressive when you look down and see cars not much bigger than ants!
Although the view from the Sears Tower is great, you'll know that the most beautiful cityscape is seen from the other "big girl": The Hancock Center Tower.
From journal Chicago-My Kind of Town
by Cincinnati Traveler
June 20, 2010
New Delhi, India
March 5, 2007
We paid up $11.95 each, and were ushered into a small movie hall, where we (along with some thirty or forty other visitors), were shown a brief video on the history of Sears, Roebuck and Co.; the design and building of the Sears Tower; statistics; and more. What I found particularly quirky was the unusual way in which the design of the tower was finalised. Architect Bruce Graham and structural engineer Fazlur Khan were dining out and Khan was trying to describe his concept of a 'stepped’ tower, when Graham took out a pack of cigarettes. He pulled out the cigarettes, then pushed some back in, and some even further in. And hey presto, there, in Graham’s hand, was a miniature replica of what Khan had in mind!
The Sears Tower was built 1970-74, and two decades later, in 1995, Sears ended up vacating the building. It is now occupied by various offices, but the Skydeck, which offers panoramic views of the Chicago cityscape, continues to be a big draw.
The Skydeck sprawls around a central block, which is decorated all over with interesting photographs, illustrations, and bits of information about Chicago - from the fact that its name is derived from the Potawatomi word, checagou, which translates as 'wild onion’, to detailed (and tragic descriptions) of the Chicago Fire, supposedly begun by the ill-judged actions of a cow! Equally absorbing were the anecdotes of famous denizens of Chicago - down to the bartender Mickey Finn, whose potent brews were capable of knocking out even hardened tipplers. What I liked was the fact that there’s a child-high stretch of information too, winding its way all around the central section. Here, kids can look at old life-size photographs to see what children wore to the beach in 1910; how their mothers would have dressed them in the 1880s; what their lunches would have consisted of in 1940. Cool!
Most people, of course, come to the Skydeck to see the view- and it’s pretty spectacular. We had the misfortune of visiting the Sears Tower on a cloudy day, so our experience wasn’t as fantastic as it could have been. But yes, we did see quite a few amazing buildings all around - and Lake Michigan, glittering silvery and cold under a thin blanket of snow, looked enchanting. Had it been a clear day, we would probably have been able to see 50 miles round.
The Sears Tower Skydeck is open 10 to 10 in summer (May to September) and 10 to 8 the rest of the year. Over a million visitors arrive here every year, so be prepared for long queues, especially on clear, sunny days.
From journal Work- and Weekends- in the Windy City
San Francisco, California
December 20, 2002
From journal Chicago, my home town!