Sears Tower, the tallest building in the U.S. and abandoned stronghold of the once-powerful Sears, Roebuck & Co., is no more. Its name will be changed to Willis Tower later this year as part of a big leasing agreement with London-based insurer Willis Group Holdings, Ltd. The Chicago Tribune notes that although everyone still calls it Sears Tower, Sears actually moved out in 1992.
If the building’s current owners go through with their plan to paint it silver, we think Chicagoans should start calling it the Silver Willy.
“Sears Tower being renamed” [Chicago Breaking News]
“Sears Tower in silver? A green idea that isn’t as good as gold” [Chicago Tribune]
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