Inside the Sears Tower

The Sears Tower has seen its share of good times in Chicago, and now that the building is set to get a name change, it's as good of a time as any to celebrate the building's history.

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It was announced on March 12, 2009 that Chicago's beloved icon the Sears Tower will be officially going by a different name by the end of the year.
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London-based Willis Holdings Group will be taking over the naming rights shortly and will be calling the building the Willis Tower.
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The Tower itself has had quite a history in Chicago and to many Chicagoans, it is as much of a city icon as the Chicago River or the lakefront.
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The 110 story structure reaches a height of 1,725 feet (if measured to the tops of the antennas).
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It was completed on May 3, 1973 and was named originally for Sears, Roebuck & Company.
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The Sears Tower was the tallest building in world for more than 25 years.
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Since 1998, other buildings have held the record for certain "tallest" categories but the Sears Tower still holds the building record for "tallest to the tips of the antennas" according to its Web site.
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Those antennas have a feature that allows them to light up the sky with different colors like blue, pink and green for various holidays throughout the year.
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The Sears Tower is also known for its famous sky deck.
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The Skydeck offers some views of the city that aren't easy to come by in other locations.
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The Tower's Web site boasts that along with being one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Skydeck was also featured in the 1986 film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
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Although the building has held Sears'namesake since it was built, the retailer hasn't occupied the location since the early 90's.
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Willis Holdings Group plans to move around 500 employees into the building.
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The Sears Tower Skydeck is open to the public every day of the year. For more information please visit the Sears Tower's Web site.
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