Day 200: Be denied the Willis Tower
March 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
Today our friend Tim came into town.
We took him downtown to see the Chicago staples: Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Chicago River, etc. One place we had hoped to take him was to the top of the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower.
The Sears Tower was the world’s tallest building from its completion in 1994 up until 1998, when it was surpassed by the Petronas Towers in Malaysia. It is still the tallest building in the U.S. The tallest building in the world is currently the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which was designed by the same firm that designed the Sears Tower.
Its skydeck is known for providing a fantastic birds-eye view of the city. Steph and I had yet to make it up there, so we decided it would be a good place to take Tim. We arrived at about 6pm, two hours before the skydeck closed, only to be told that there was 0 percent visibility at the top. That means that if we were to go up to the top and look out, we would see nothing but gray clouds, which certainly didn’t seem worth the $17 it costs to ride the elevator 108 stories.