Real Estate Advisors & Property Strategy Consultants

J Richard Hill

Willis Tower Observation Deck

Chicago, IL

Observation Deck, Guest Services, Shops

Rick Hill, working with Sears Management developed strategies to enhance the visitor experience of the observation deck for on the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower, now called Willis Tower, a 1,451-foot skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois.

At the time of its completion in 1973, Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center in New York, and it held this rank for nearly 25 years. The tower is the tallest building in the U.S. and the seventh-tallest freestanding structure in the world. The skyscraper is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago.  The observation deck, called the Skydeck, opened on June 22, 1974. Located on the 103rd floor of the tower, 1,353 feet above ground and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Chicago.  In 1998, Mr. Hill developed strategies focused on providing retail and dining services before and after visits to the Skydeck.

In March 2009, Willis Group Holdings leased a portion of the building, and obtained the building’s naming rights.

Willis Tower Observation Deck
Willis Tower (formerly Sears): 110 Stories
Skydeck Annual Visitors: 1.7 million
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