ABOUT WILLIS TOWER

About Willis Tower
Willis Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago, offering more than 4.5 million square feet of office and retail space. Located in Chicago's West Loop at 233 S. Wacker Drive, the skyscraper is easily accessible from the commuter rail stations, highways and all forms of public transportation. Standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall, Willis Tower is an integral part of Chicago’s culture. Originally opened in September 1973, it is home to more than 100 different companies, including prominent financial services firms, law firms and insurance companies. Willis Tower boasts spectacular vistas of Chicago, with views that can reach nearly 50 miles on a clear day. Willis Tower also boasts a tremendous infrastructure system, which includes enormous telecommunications capacity and unsurpassed electrical capacity and reliability. Skydeck Chicago on the Willis Tower’s 103rd floor attracts more than 1.5 million visitors per year. Learn more at www.willistower.com

About U.S. Equities Asset Management, LLC
U.S. Equities Asset Management, LLC, is a leading full-service commercial real estate firm headquartered in Chicago, with operations in Detroit, Philadelphia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Colombia. The company serves as a strategic real estate advisor to clients throughout the United States and Latin America, providing development, program management, build-to-suit and construction oversight services; asset management and leasing; tenant representation, consulting and advisory services; and acquisition, disposition and financing of real estate assets. The asset management services group provides asset oversight, property and facility management, marketing and leasing and strategic planning to a diverse group of clients. Currently, the portfolio includes more than 400 properties totaling over 24 million square feet of office, retail, institutional, dormitory, facility and residential management services for approximately 50 clients, including 2.5 million square feet of management assignments along Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue.

Willis Tower Facts

  • Willis Tower is located at 233 S. Wacker Drive in the heart of Chicago’s financial district.
  • The building houses some of the city’s largest corporations covering the financial services, legal and insurance industries.
  • The Willis Tower’s 4.56 million gross square feet would cover 105 acres if spread across one level, roughly the equivalent of 16 city blocks in Chicago.
  • Within the building, there are 25 miles of plumbing, 1,500 miles of electric wiring, 80 miles of elevator cable and 145,000 light fixtures.
  • The tower weighs more than 222,500 tons and cost more than $175 million to construct.
  • The structural framing consists of steel columns and beams in a “mega-module” system consisting of nine modules.
  • The building features a high-speed 104-car elevator system divided into three zones for efficient transportation.
  • Every year, more than 1.5 million visitors enjoy aerial views of Chicago from Skydeck Chicago, 103 floors up the Willis Tower.
  • The Ledge, four glass-bottomed, enclosed balconies that extend 4.3 feet to the west, providing unobstructed views—1,353 feet straight down—over Wacker Drive and the Chicago River.
  • On a clear day, Willis Tower’s highest office views reach nearly 50 miles.
  • Willis Tower contains approximately 3.8 million rentable square feet (“RSF”) including approximately 159,000 RSF of retail space.
  • In addition to a 160-car executive parking garage accessible from Franklin Street, other building amenities include a world-class broadcast platform, a full-service U.S. Post Office, a variety of restaurants, a full-service conference center and state-of-the-art fitness facility.
  • On July 16, 2009, the building was renamed Willis Tower when global insurance broker Willis Group Holdings made it their new Midwest headquarters.

SkyRise Chicago Fun Facts

How many stairs are there?
2,109 steps

How many flights to the top?
103 flights to the Skydeck

How long does the competition take to complete?
Top climbers finish in as little as 13 minutes, while the average participant takes from 30 to 45 minutes to finish.

What is the record time?
13:09 minutes, set in 2009.

Learn more about SkyDeck Chicago at www.theskydeck.com.

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