Willis Tower

Standing at 1,729 feet tall, including its antennae, the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) is now the tallest building in the western hemisphere. It is not only its sheer height that amazes us, but also its glimmering glass. The style of the building is described as a combination of the art forms cubism and futurism. Cubism uses square shapes to create a picture, while futurism combines straight lines with large reflective surfaces, such as mirrors and windows.

Did you know?

  • Designed by the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill for Sears, Roebuck, and Company, the building was completed in 1973.
  • The Observation Deck, known as the “skydeck,” is one of the most popular Chicago attractions. The most spectacular part of the skydeck is “the ledge,” a glass balcony located 1,353 feet above ground extending out 4.3 feet where observers can look straight down.


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Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.