on April 4, 2008
I have visited the STS both before and after 9/11 and aside from the huge increase in security, the wait still isn't astronomical; There's usually a sign that will tell you how long the wait is to reach the skydeck.You have the option to purchase an audio/"skylights" tour in addition to your SkyDeck admission, but if you're budgeting and thinking about it, i'd pass, its not vital to the experience. Either way you decide to go, buy your tickets online (the URL is at the bottom of the review.). They're good for a week around the day you select. (3 days before, the day you select, and 3 days after they can be used.) This way, you avoid the lines that get long very fast.Once through security, tickets in hand, you'll get to watch a short movie on the history and fact about the Sears Tower. Its only about ten minutes long, and is interesting if you can contain your excitement to get to the SkyDeck.The last and longest (ear-popping) elevator takes you to the SkyDeck. Its truly beautiful and is kept very clean. Usually it isn't too crowded because the attendants control how many people are allowed up at one time. There are views from all four sides and neat set up of history and important events in Chicago on the 103rd floor for those who can only look out a window for so long. On your way down there's a gift shop where you can purchase all sorts of "Chicago" stamped goodies.Overall, if you've never been to Chicago, its a fun experience, especially if you're the type of tourist who likes exploring, but its the kind of thing you can only do once or twice.
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