I’m living most weekdays in a corporate apartment in downtown Chicago right now, until my family joins me in a few weeks from Atlanta and we find a nice suburban spot for our little tikes. I love the dramatic, soaring, interesting architecture of Chicago, which with New York City has dominated the world of American skyscrapers. Of the top twenty-five tallest buildings in the U.S., eight are in Chicago and seven are in New York.
Today, on my walk to Union Station (to catch a train out to suburban points to look for the forementioned spot for my family) I walked by the tallest building in America, known to most non-Chicagoans as the Sears Tower, now called Willis Tower.
For most of building history, the tallest structure in the world have been in the U.S.; not so since 1998–but Willis Tower is the fifth tallest building in the world.
Having walked by it today, let me confirm that it is indeed very tall.