The funniest part of my whole experience of standing on top of the world at Chicago’s Skydeck were the comments people posted on Facebook after I put my photo on there. It seems I was giving people virtual panic attacks. A few questioned my sanity and asked if I was Photoshopped. I also seemed to cause some uncomfortable bodily responses:
“Jan you are making my feet tingle and knees shake!” and “My butt cheeks tingled when I saw this picture. Ack! Scary! Step away from the edge!” My college roommate wrote, “Just looking at this picture terrifies me! Get down from there!”
I will admit the experience was a little frightening. And I wasn’t about to do headstands on the Ledge as one brave young lady did. But the views were magnificent and I spent quite a bit of time walking all the way around to view every angle of Chicago.
The experience at Skydeck starts by taking a 60-second elevator ride up 103 stories. From there you are free to explore and while you don’t have to walk out on one of the Ledges’s glass boxes that extend out 4.3 feet, it’s worth it for the experience of looking straight down. And of course taking a photo (way overpriced at $33 for two) that makes your friends’ hearts leap and butt cheeks tingle. But that, as they say, is priceless.
SkyDeck is open 365 days a year. Tickets are $18 for adults; $23.50 if you add an audio tour. I had a CityPASS that includes a Fast Pass ticket to Skydeck, which gave me a discount and saved me from waiting in a really long line.