2018 Event Information

Sunday, November 4, 2018 
Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

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Packet Pick-up Information

Important Event Information Please Note Change from Previous Year’s Event

Packet Pick Up
Please note there will be no packets or participant bibs available the day of the event. You must pick up your packet and bib at one of the dates and times below.

This year packet pickup will be located at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
355 East Erie
Chicago, IL 60611

Friday, November 2nd from 10:00am 6:00pm
Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00am 3:00pm

In order to pick up your packet and participate in SkyRise Chicago you or your team must meet your fundraising minimum, which does not include registration fee. If you have not met your minimum you will not be able to pick up your packet and participate in the event. Donations can also be made at packet pick-up.


Friday, November 2nd
There are parking garages and metered parking available in the immediate area.

Saturday, November 3rd
In addition to the area parking garages and metered parking, on Saturday only, we will offer discounted parking at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab garage. The garage entrance is located on Ontario Street. The rate is $11.00 for up to 7 hours of parking.

Schedule of Events

  • 6:00 a.m. - Race site opens
  • 7:00 a.m. - First wave of climbers 
  • 11 a.m. - Last wave of climbers 
  • 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Post-climb celebration on the SkyDeck

Arrival Times

Be on time for your climb. Please arrive at Willis Tower 15 minutes before your assigned start time. Use the Franklin Street entrance only. Hand cyclists are asked to go directly to the Hand Cycle Arena; climbers will be asked to report to the staging area for climber line-up. Please note: Last climb time is at promptly at 11:00 a.m. and doors will close at 11:15 a.m.

Climb Time Waves

Climbers will begin their ascent up the Willis Tower in waves every 15 minutes. Assigned wave times will be printed on your bib.

Participants are asked to arrive at our staging area on Lower level 2 of the Willis Tower 15 minutes prior to the designated wave time.  The staging area includes restrooms, a water station, locations for individual and group photo opportunties and a viewing area of our handcycle competition.

Gear Check

Gear check is available in the lobby. Please bring your packet pick up bags for gear check. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate the storage of luggage and large bags; we will not be able to accept such large items in gear check. Please do not check valuables, as we cannot be held responsible for your items.

Climbing Instructions

  • Listen for your starting time block to be announced and report to the staging area on Lower Level 2 to line up with your group.
  • Climb single-file on the right side of the staircase and allow faster climbers to pass on the left. You can stop on a landing to catch your breath, but be aware that other climbers are coming up behind you.
  • If you need to stop the climb for any reason please inform one of the volunteers, who will be stationed on every other floor. Monitors will be stationed throughout the stairwell to assist you. There are exits on floors 34 and 66 for those who cannot finish
  • Climbers may only ascend the tower once. Carrying infants and small children is prohibited.
  • Check out our training tips for climbers or handcyclers!


Access to the SkyDeck is for climbers only. Spectators may wait on the Lobby Level.


Water will be available in the lobby, at the finish line on floor 103 and at 6 additional water out stations through the stair climb.


Restrooms are located on the second floor and on Lower Level Two. For accessible restroom please see Customer Service on the lobby level. Restrooms are not available in the stairwells. Please remember to use the facilities before your climb.

Medical Assistance

Emergency medical crews will be on site for those who need assistance during the event. Red phones located inside the stairwells can connect you directly to Willis Tower security.


Donations can be dropped off at in the Customer Service area. Checks should be made payable to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. They may also be mailed to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab c/o Advancement, 355 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Get more information on contact us or our sponsorship page.

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SkyRise Chicago Fun Facts

How many flights to the top? 

In the past, it has been 103 flights to the Skydeck. In 2017 and 2018, there are two bonus flights due to construction at the Willis Tower.

How long does the competition take to complete? 

Top climbers finish in as little as 13 minutes, while the average participant takes from 30 to 45 minutes to finish.

What is the record time? 

12:58 minutes, set in 2017.