Willis Tower in the fog

It’s now called the Willis Tower, but Chicagoans mostly know it by its former name: The Sears Tower. It was once the world’s tallest building. Yesterday, when the rain rolled in, our highest building poked proudly above the fog:


  1. Liz
    Posted May 4, 2018 at 9:29 am | Permalink


  2. yazikus
    Posted May 4, 2018 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Reminds me of one of my favorite Bradbury shorts: The Foghorn. Great pic.

    • busterggi
      Posted May 4, 2018 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      for your listening pleasure

      [audio src="https://archive.org/details/Mindwebs_230/Mindwebs-770715_FogHorn.mp3" /]

  3. Posted May 4, 2018 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    The Sears Tower, I saw it built. How are the mighty fallen. Perhaps The Amazon Tower if Chicago gets lucky.

    • Posted May 4, 2018 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      I went up to the top floor while it was under construction and found a way to sneak out to the edge with nothing between me and the ground. It seemed dizzyingly high!

      I bet security is higher around construction sites of such buildings now.

      • Mark R.
        Posted May 4, 2018 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

        Check out the documentary “Man on a Wire” in which a group of high-wire pros in the 70’s sneak up top the Two Towers while under construction to walk the span. Amazing.

  4. busterggi
    Posted May 4, 2018 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Lucky for you Kong doesn’t like to get out of sight of the ocean.

  5. Posted May 4, 2018 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Something about the foreground is giving me “I’ve been there” impressions, and I’d love to know why. (I have only been to O’Hare, never into the city proper, so …)

  6. Simon Hayward
    Posted May 4, 2018 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I walked outside in Evanston at lunchtime yesterday and it felt like the west side of San Francisco in July, with wet mist coming off the lake and a damp chill in the air (not the arctic blast we had here up until ten days ago). Now your picture reminds me of the top of the golden gate bridge towers peering out from the fog, as we used to see it from the top of the parnassus campus on the summer days when you could actually see that far.

  7. Dave
    Posted May 4, 2018 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    It looks like the pinnacle of Sauron’s dark tower poking through the smoke of Mount Doom, surrounded by the wastes of Mordor. You’ve even captured one of the Nazgul circling it!

    • kelskye
      Posted May 5, 2018 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      That was my first thought. All it was missing was the omnipresent eye.

  8. Posted May 4, 2018 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    The bird in the picture looks interesting. ?Peregrine?

  9. Christopher Bonds
    Posted May 4, 2018 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Nice picture!

  10. DTaylor
    Posted May 5, 2018 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Great “I remember when . . .” photo.

  11. Andrea Kenner
    Posted May 7, 2018 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    What a cool photo!

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