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Originally called the Sears Tower, the 110-story Willis Tower was the world's tallest building at 1,450 feet (442 meters) until it was surpassed by the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. It held the title of the world's tallest building for 24 years. Designed by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, construction on the Willis Tower began in 1971 and was completed in 1974. The building contains 4,500,000 square feet (418,100 square meters) of floor space.

In 2009, the London-based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings leased a substantial amount of office space in the building and acquired its naming rights. The building's name was officially changed to the Willis Tower, but it will always be known as the Sears Tower to the general public.

More than 10,000 people work in offices in the Willis Tower. And the building is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chicago, drawing over 1,500,000 visitors per year. Visitors take one of the world's fastest elevators to the Skydeck on the 103rd floor for views over the Chicagoland area and four states. (See my tip on the Skydeck for more information).

Directions: The Willis Tower is located at 233 South Wacker Drive, in downtown Chicago.

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  • Updated Sep 24, 2012
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