About SkyRise Chicago

SkyRise Chicago challenges participants to conquer the world's tallest indoor stair climb in one of three ways:

By foot power
Sprint, jog or walk to the top of Willis Tower! Don't be daunted. From the start line, you're just 2,109 steps away from SkyDeck Chicago featuring The Ledge. Here you can take in panoramic views of up to four states. Learn more...

By hand power
Crank your way to the sky! Test your upper-body strength in the hand cycle category using stationary hand cycles calibrated for resistance and time to match the 103-floor stair climbing experience. Feel free to bring your own stationary hand cycle if you prefer. Anyone can do it! Learn more

By brain power
Exercise your creative talents and discover just how big an impact you can have in patients' lives when you flex your fundraising muscles!  Challenge yourself to make the biggest difference possible. Learn more

Participant Information

Experience the thrill of a lifetime when you climb the tower steps or hand cycle the equivalent distance knowing you are fueling RIC's cutting edge patient care and innovative research.

All participants receive:

  • SkyRise Chicago t-shirt
  • SkyRise Chicago swag bag
  • Finisher's medal
  • After event refreshments
  • Access to SkyDeck Chicago and The Ledge, glass floored balconies offering views 1,353 feet down onto Wacker Drive and the Chicago River.

Important Reminders

  • Minimum donation amounts do not include the event registration fee.
  • Requested climb times are not guaranteed.
  • Registration fees are non-refundable.

Packet Pickup and Packet Mailing
There will be NO packet pickup the day of the event.

Packet Pickup:

  • Friday, November 6th 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. at the Willis Tower
  • Saturday, November 7th 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. at the Willis Tower

Packet mailing is available for an additional fee of $18.00. You will be able to select the packet mailing options when you register. NOTE: your fundraising minimum must be met prior to October 1st to have your packet mailed. There are no refunds for packet mailing.

Official Race Results
Racers should keep track of your personal time for immediate results. At the end of the race, unofficial race results can be obtained in the lobby close to the exits. Official climb and hand cycle results may not be available online until two days after the climb is complete.

SkyRise Chicago Fun Facts

How many flights to the top?

103 flights to the Skydeck

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?

13:09 minutes, set in 2009.

How High Can You Go?

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Incentive prizes!

  • Be a top fundraiser and RIC will provide you with tickets to a premier Chicago concert event!
  • Raise $1,000 or more will receive a custom SkyRise Chicago athletic pull over!

Please click here for addition details regarding this year’s incentive prizes!

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