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Willis Tower

Address

233 S. Wacker Dr.
Visitors may enter from Wacker, Franklin or Jackson Streets.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 12pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect/Year

Original: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, 1973. Reposition: Blackstone and EQ Office, 2017. Architectural partner of record for repositioning: Gensler, with SkB Architects leading the design for street level experience and new base façade.

Website

willistower.com

Don't Miss

A live band will be playing on the 3rd floor rooftop deck on Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm-3pm.

Description

In 2017, the Blackstone and EQ Office began a massive street-to-sky transformation of the Willis Tower, once the world’s tallest building and still the apex of the Chicago skyline. Five years and $500 million later, a new-and-improved Willis Tower is ready for its close-up. Architecture firm Gensler has repositioned the iconic supertall structure to reinforce an active neighborhood-scaled experience at street level while also modernizing the commercial office spaces above. Named “Catalog”—an homage to the building’s original tenant, the Sears Roebuck Company and its revolutionary mail order catalog—the five-level extension features new retail, dining and entertainment spaces, including an outdoor terrace and new public art installations by Olafur Eliasson and Jacob Hashimoto. 

Visitor Experience

Visitors are invited to explore Catalog at Willis Tower, including the outdoor terrace at level four.