Willis Tower Waves Ellen Flag

"I want my flag on the tallest building in Chicago," said Ellen. "How tall is Oprah's house?"

By Matt Bartosik
|  Thursday, Jan 28, 2010  |  Updated 2:25 PM CDT
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"I want my flag on the tallest building in Chicago," said Ellen. "How tall is Oprah's house?"

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Ellen DeGeneres is claiming her territory: Chicago. Take that, Oprah!

The talk show host, on her self-proclaimed "quest for world domination," wanted to get her flag on top of a really tall building.

Last week, DeGeneres contacted officials in Dubai in an attempt to get her flag on top of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Unfortunately, she was unsuccessful, and hours after she called, the Burj Khalifa was struck by lightning.

Draw your own conclusions.

Not missing a beat, Randy Stancik, the general manager at Willis Tower, took a proactive approach and e-mailed Ellen, inviting her to place her flag on Willis Tower's Skydeck.

On Friday's show, DeGeneres gave Stancik a call to take him up on his offer.

"I love Chicago," she said, "so it's a wonderful opportunity."

Determined to beat out friendly rival Oprah, DeGeneres told Stancik, "I want my flag on the tallest building in Chicago. How tall is Oprah's house?"

Stancik told her that, at 1353 feet, the "Ledge" (the glass boxes that extend away from the building) is "slightly higher than Oprah's house."

DeGeneres' flag, which includes her face and the words "laugh.dance.conquer," was put on display on the Ledge on Wednesday and will remain there for about a week.

Since the flag's installation, there have been no reports of lightning strikes at Willis Tower.

 

 

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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