The Sears Tower (as I will always call it) was officially renamed in 2009 as the Willis Tower. Although Sears’ naming rights expired in 2003, the building continued to be called Sears Tower for several years. In March 2009 London-based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings, Ltd., agreed to lease a portion of the building and obtained the building’s naming rights. On July 16, 2009, the building was officially renamed Willis Tower.
Here is a photo of the Willis Tower that was taken from the River North Neighborhood of the building nestled in with the skyline. This is just one of the many shots I hope to capture of this amazing building.
Designed by the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed May 3, 1973, Willis Tower rises to a height to 1,450 feet and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Chicago skyline and in the world. The building held the record for the world’s tallest building for 25 years until the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia were built in 1998.
In 1982, the antennas added to the building increased its total height to 1,704 feet. In 2000, one of the building’s antennas was extended to 1,729 feet, making it the world’s tallest building to the tip of its antenna. The building held this title until early 2009 when Burj Dubai topped out at over 2,600 feet, making it the tallest man-made structure ever built.