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Old Posted Jan 5, 2015, 8:29 PM
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^Agreed. It makes a good sibling to the Sears Tower.

Back on topic; can anyone confirm that the remaining exposed portion of the east antenna will be clad eventually? It's been a few years and I've been patient long enough!
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This, and Hancock, are the reason why I want to visit Chicago. This building is monumental in size and scope, it really amazes me. One of the greatest buildings of the 20th century, no doubt. Chicago bound in the next 5 years years (I hope)!
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Old Posted Mar 4, 2015, 3:59 PM
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Sears/Willis Tower for sale, has likely buyer

http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...303-story.html
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Blackstone might reportedly buy it for 1.5 Billion.
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Willis Tower sold for $1.3 billion to Blackstone Group
By Melissa Harris
Chicago Tribune

Blackstone Group, a private equity real estate investor with about $81 billion under management, has reached an agreement to buy Chicago's iconic Willis Tower, the company announced Monday.

The purchase price is $1.3 billion, according to a source.

The deal for the formerly named Sears Tower, said to have been reached over the weekend, would be the highest price ever paid for a U.S. office tower outside of New York. It would also shatter the Chicago record, $850 million, set by last year's sale of 300 N. LaSalle.

"We are bullish on Chicago as companies expand within and move into the city and look for first-class office space," Jacob Werner, a managing director in Blackstone's real estate group, said in a statement. "Moreover, we see great potential in further improving both the building's retail operations and the tourist experience for one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Chicago."
full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...315-story.html
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I know it would be confusing/annoying to rename the iconic tower again, but "Blackstone Tower" is a pretty awesome name and pretty fitting IMO.
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full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...315-story.html
It is a record and it isn't a record. Sears Tower (I use the proper name) has more than 3x's the rentable square footage and is 36 years older than 300 N. LaSalle.

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I know it would be confusing/annoying to rename the iconic tower again, but "Blackstone Tower" is a pretty awesome name and pretty fitting IMO.
Willis has a longterm lease on the naming right so it's highly unlikely that the name will change. Real Chicagoans don't even recognize that the name was changed in the first place.
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Willis has a longterm lease on the naming right so it's highly unlikely that the name will change. Real Chicagoans don't even recognize that the name was changed in the first place.
Not to derail this conversation, and this may have been brought up before, but Sears fled to the suburbs, what, just over a decade after building this tower?

I am happy to call it whatever the owner and/or occupant wants it to be called. If they are in the city (not unlike like a "real" Chicagoan) and providing jobs here, then I'm good with new names.
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Sears fled to the suburbs, what, just over a decade after building this tower?
roughly 2 decades after, not one.

the tower was completed in '73.

sears fled to the hoffman estates campus over the course of several years, from '92-'94.
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So what. The Chrysler Building is still the Chrysler Building -- the name sort of anchors it in its time and has become synonymous with high deco. The Sears for me has always been synonymous with big shoulders, post-war grit & power. And the name is pure Chicago.
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one thing ive seen a ton of, people LOVE to leave out the willis tower when they do tower comparison diagrams.
i guess the floor height built in 1974 being higher than their highest livable floor looks bad.
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one thing ive seen a ton of, people LOVE to leave out the willis tower when they do tower comparison diagrams.
i guess the floor height built in 1974 being higher than their highest livable floor looks bad.
That or I've occasionally seen it drawn as 442 meters to the pinnacles (same with ESB) and make it look smaller than it really is. *facepalm*

For a building built in 1974 it still dwarfs so many big buildings around the world. I've seen Sears in person and it is ridiculously imposing.
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one thing ive seen a ton of, people LOVE to leave out the willis tower when they do tower comparison diagrams.
i guess the floor height built in 1974 being higher than their highest livable floor looks bad.
It's still the widest tower at its base of I think any skyscraper in the world too, despite being 40 years old. That's pretty impressive!

As I said in the other thread though, its too bad that after Sears Tower Chicago lost out on three reasonable new tallest buildings in a row over four decades. However the Sears continues to remain one of the most remarkable skyscrapers ever. I'm still enthralled by it every time I go to Chicago. The observation deck is insane!

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Has anyone else noticed that the East Antenna's top portion has been removed? I work downtown a couple days out of the week, and last week it was there, and it looks like it was just removed this past week. What's very odd is that this is the portion of the antenna that was just installed in 2012 for Channel 7. Does anyone know why this was suddenly removed? I know some have complained about the appearance of the antenna when it was retrofitted in 2012, so I am hoping that maybe this is work to install a more permanent looking fixture on top.
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Has anyone else noticed that the East Antenna's top portion has been removed? I work downtown a couple days out of the week, and last week it was there, and it looks like it was just removed this past week. What's very odd is that this is the portion of the antenna that was just installed in 2012 for Channel 7. Does anyone know why this was suddenly removed? I know some have complained about the appearance of the antenna when it was retrofitted in 2012, so I am hoping that maybe this is work to install a more permanent looking fixture on top.
I saw a helecopter up there removing it last weekend. They are probably just replacing parts as they do every so often.
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SOME OF MY PICS OF SEARS TOWER FROM MY TRIP TO CHICAGO THIS YEAR (June 2016):

http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Chicago_skyline2.html

Sears Tower 31 by Nightsky, on Flickr


Sears Tower 05 - entrance by Nightsky, on Flickr


Sears Tower 35 - band plaing outside by Nightsky, on Flickr
Band playing outside.

Sears Tower 41 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Entrance hall

Sears Tower 17 by Nightsky, on Flickr

Sears Tower 18 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Model

Sears Tower 20 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Elevators
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VIEWS FROM SEARS TOWER (also my photos):

Views from Sears Tower 01 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Looking South: no skyscrapers outside downtown, very concentrated!

Views from Sears Tower 02 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Highway

Views from Sears Tower 04 by Nightsky, on Flickr
South

Views from Sears Tower 08 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Sears Tower’s neighbor.
Views from Sears Tower 09 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Chicago Hilton

Views from Sears Tower 11 by Nightsky, on Flickr
The classic view: Downtown and Lake Michigan!

Views from Sears Tower 12 by Nightsky, on Flickr

Grant Park

Views from Sears Tower 13 by Nightsky, on Flickr

Views from Sears Tower 15 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Aon Center and others.

Views from Sears Tower 16 by Nightsky, on Flickr

Views from Sears Tower 17 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Lake Shore Drive.

Views from Sears Tower 19 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Buckingham Fountain.
Views from Sears Tower 20 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
Views from Sears Tower 22 by Nightsky, on Flickr
John Hancock Center and Trump Tower.
Views from Sears Tower 23 by Nightsky, on Flickr
The Loop.
Views from Sears Tower 24 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Aon Center
Views from Sears Tower 25 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Millennium Park
Views from Sears Tower 26 by Nightsky, on Flickr

Views from Sears Tower 27 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Museum of Industry and Science and marina

Views from Sears Tower 28 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Chase Tower
Views from Sears Tower 29 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Trump Tower
Views from Sears Tower 30 by Nightsky, on Flickr
John Hancock Center

Views from Sears Tower 32 by Nightsky, on Flickr

Views from Sears Tower 35 by Nightsky, on Flickr

Views from Sears Tower 36 by Nightsky, on Flickr

Views from Sears Tower 37 by Nightsky, on Flickr
North: Lincoln Park and more
Views from Sears Tower 41 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Highway
Views from Sears Tower 44 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Chicago Temple

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