The Sears Tower Skydeck is getting ready for an overhaul; officials say that there will be a glass enclosure called “The Ledge” added to the skydeck to give visitors the ultimate view. Read more, see photos and video below.
The Sears Tower Skydeck general manager, Randy Stancik, says that the “Ledge” will be ready to go by June. The new enclosure extends out 4.3 feet from the observation deck, and will give visitors to the skydeck a straight downward view. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
“This definitely will be something new to take from the experience, a new Skydeck memory,” Stancik said. About 1.3 million people visit the Skydeck every year.
Sears Tower officials said that they got the idea from glass bottomed attractions at the Grand Canyon and the CN Tower in Toronto. The multi-million dollar project is designed to attract more visitors to the skydeck, as well as locals who haven’t been to the Sears Tower in years.
There will be four enclosures on the West side of the Sears Tower, which has the only uninterrupted view down to the ground. The enclosures will be retractable and available come rain or shine.
Stancik said that over the years, watching visitors press their heads against the glass he knew they wanted to see down as well as out.
The Sears Tower Skydeck admission went up to $14.95 today; the increase is for Skydeck upgrades that include a history of Chicago as well as culture and tourism attractions. I’m sure there will be a life size bronze statue of Obama as well.
The name of the Sears Tower will be changed later this year to Willis Tower; it will bear the name of a global insurance firm that occupies the building. The Skydeck at the Sears Tower and the name are not the only things that could change; the owners of the building are contemplating painting or some other cosmetics to give the building a more modern look.
Sears Tower Skydeck Video