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Nichols Tower at Homan Square

Original Sears Tower

Address

906 S. Homan Ave.

Neighborhood

North Lawndale

Hours

Sat, Oct 13: 11am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: Closed

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Nimmons & Fellows, 1906

Description

When you think of the “Sears Tower,” rarely does this 14-story structure in North Lawndale come to mind. The Neo-Classical warehouse tower was part of the sprawling Sears, Roebuck & Co. complex. It was once attached to the 3.3-million-square-foot Merchandise Building, which no longer stands. The tower famously broadcasted WLS-AM (World’s Largest Store) radio from its 11th floor. The Foundation for Homan Square's recent renovation and restoration, completed in 2016, transformed it into a community center and event space with amazing views.

Behind the Scenes

Step inside the restored and renovated original Sears Tower. It has been transformed into a community center and event space for Homan Square. Multiple floors will be open, including the home of Free Spirit Media, which provides teens and young adults in communities of color on Chicago’s West and South sides with a comprehensive foundation in media literacy and hands-on media production experience, and the offices of Neighborhood Housing Services, which will feature an exhibit about the Contract Buyers League.