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Willis Tower commemorates 50 years

June 22, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; A general view of Willis Tower. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY NETWORK

Willis Tower is celebrating it’s golden anniversary. (We know what it’s really called…)

Today marks 50 years since the landmark’s original topping-out ceremony, where it stood as the world’s tallest building for 23 years and today remains one of the most popular destinations for tenants and visitors from around the globe.

“For many Chicagoans, Willis Tower is emblematic of the fabric of this proud city,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “An anchor visible from all our diverse 77 neighborhoods, Willis Tower has stood the test of time over the last 50 years.”

To commemorate the semicentennial, Willis Tower will be rolling out a series of community programs anchored in the Tower’s newly redeveloped spaces including:

A Chicago Story Temporary Art Installation

  • In partnership with Elevation Worldwide, Willis Tower will be hosting a temporary art installation curated by Gary Green featuring local artists. Titled “A Chicago Story” and running Wednesday, May 3 – Thursday, August 10, the installation is a tribute to Chicago’s storied skyline and Willis Tower’s place in it.

Open House and Summer Series Kick-Off

  • On Thursday, June 15, join Willis Tower for an open house with Catalog specials, Chicago-centric performances, live music, and more. The celebration will take place in Catalog and the 4th floor outdoor terrace from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The open house will also serve as a kick-off to Willis Tower’s Summer Concert Series, a bi-weekly event on Thursdays throughout the summer.

Antenna Lighting Social Media Contest

  • Between Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9, Willis Tower is inviting all to share their favorite memory or experience at the Tower on Instagram. The winning selection will have the opportunity to light the building antenna the color of their choice.

For more information about Willis Tower’s anniversary and to RSVP for events, visit http://www.willistower.com/fifty. Follow @WillisTowerChicago on Instagram and Facebook for special 50th anniversary content.