Thursday, March 12, 2009

Um.... NO

I missed last weeks' Feisty Friday so I don't mind making it a day early this week.

First we lose Comiskey Field when US Cellular buys naming rights to the White Sox stadium.

Then we lose a major Chicago icon when Macy's buys Marshall Fields. Yes, the store is still there, but a new name was more than just a new name.

NOW we have this little tidbit from Crain's:

Sears Tower to be renamed for new tenant

Sears Tower will become Willis Tower.

The insurance broker announced Thursday morning that it will move to the Sears Tower and that the building will be renamed Willis Tower.

London-based Willis Group Holdings said it will consolidate five local offices into more than 140,000 square feet in the 110-story building at 233 S. Wacker Drive. Almost 500 employees will move into the building, Willis said.

Willis said the space is costing the company $14.50 a square foot and that it is not paying extra for the naming rights.

“Having our name associated with Chicago’s most iconic structure underscores our commitment to this great city, and recognizes Chicago’s importance as a major financial hub and international business center,” Joseph J. Plumeri, chairman and CEO of Willis Group Holdings, said in a release. “We are delighted to be making this bold move and firmly establishing our leading presence in one of the nation’s biggest insurance markets, and it will be wonderful for all our associates to work under one roof.”

Willis currently has about 91,000 square feet in three downtown locations, according to real estate research firm CoStar Group Inc. The largest amount is about 42,000 square feet at 10 S. LaSalle St.

Offices in west suburban Oak Brook and Lombard also will be consolidated into the Sears Tower, Willis said. Willis expects to complete the move by late summer.

Two words for you Willis...


I may not be a Chicago native, and I've only lived here for coming up on nine years. But in my eyes, mind and heart I'll only be talking about:
Comiskey Field
Marshall Fields
and I once worked for a client in the SEARS tower. Thank you very f'ing much!


Peter Mavrik said...

*jaw-drop* Not another one.

I still call things by their old names. The Rosemont Horizon. The New World Music Center. Comiskey Park.

So sad.

Max's Dad said...

Whatchoo talkin about, Willis?

dbb said...

I still refer to steam works as the Unicorn, ahh memories.

cb said...

I just can't wait until Wrigley Field becomes "Toyota Stadium" or something.