It didn’t take long for me to find something to do while my significant other was doing a five-hour test in one of those fancy and expensive places that you find in big cities like Dallas Texas.
Across the street where the test was taking place was the Chase Tower, a 50 story high building that has free access to anyone with an ID. So I decided to check it out after 8 years of living in this town.
Once the not so friendly-faced guy receives you at the door, write down your ID information and scans you with his X-Ray vision, he will issue you the temporary batch and we will guide you to the elevators and warn you about not to wander around, just stick to the lobby and limit your visit for 15 minutes.
Once you arrive at the sky lobby you can turn to the right onto the left. The right side it’s much more appealing in the left side. Besides the amazing view, beautiful plants and flowers make your visit more pleasant and it’s worth taking a few pictures of them. You will find a couple of tables with high chairs where you can have a break; also you can find the type of skywalk where you can have a wider view of the horizon and take some selfies or a panoramic photo of downtown Dallas. In the Northwest side of the building [the right of the elevators], you will be able to see some landmarks of this North Texas City. Like the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Winspear Opera House, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Clyde Warren Park, and that One Arts Plaza.
On the opposite side, [Southeast] the view is not so attractive but still impressive, you can see highway 75 always packed with traffic. Some old buildings the Hotel Sheraton Dallas, the Majestic Theater, The Latino Cultural Center, The Cancer Survivors Plaza, many parking lots and the most unused tennis court I have ever seen.
How to get there
If you don’t have enough money or don’t want to pay $9 a day to park your car a few yards away, then the best option is to take the city transport system called DART, depending on when you are staying or living. The DART service is pretty good and affordable, you will have to buy your tickets on special dispensers, there is nobody selling tickets like in other urban transportation systems.
- The reception of the building is not really fancy.
- They have a few spots for you to sit down and relax.
- Personal working there is no very friendly, but they were not rude either.
- Not a good place for kids.
- It’s free.
- You have a nice view of the whole DFW area
- The elevators are super fast, around 25 seconds to go from level 0 to floor 40.