When you think about it, the skyscraper offers an awe-inspiring view for both the person looking up from street level, and of course, those who look down from above.
The view from up on high is definitely dramatic—even if you’re not at the very top. Take for example, the Metropolitan Club on the 66th and 67th floors of the Willis Tower (233 South Wacker Drive). It’s only two-thirds of the way up, but the Chicago skyline from that level offers a unique perspective.
During the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2014 Open House Chicago, the Metropolitan Club was open for tours. Just getting up there is a bit more complicated than most buildings. Security is tight, as we’ve come to expect for the world’s tallest buildings.
The Willis Tower doesn’t even crack the top ten of those mega-skyscrapers anymore, ranking #12. Number one on the list now belongs to Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which if you can believe it, is the equivalent height of TWO Willis Towers.
Neverthess, looking out from any side of the Metropolitan Club affords the lucky visitor a unique look at the city. What surprised me the most was how affordable club membership is. There’s a $500 initiation fee, and monthly dues of $239 ($190 if you’re 35 years old or younger).
That price gets you complimentary breakfast and lunch every business day. You get one take-out container per month, too, but who wouldn’t rather enjoy lunch on the 67th floor?
Arthur M. Wood certainly must have. The founding chairman of Sears was one of the first members of the club, which opened for business with the construction of what was then called the Sears Tower.
Members can also book the club for special events; it can accommodate groups of up to 400.