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    Default What'chyou Talkin'bout Sears...?

    Sears Tower is history. As of Thursday, the iconic Chicago, Illinois, skyscraper is now named Willis Tower.

    At least that's what the owners of the 110-story skyscraper now call it after its new main tenant, the London, England-based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings. However, there are plenty of people who refuse to call it that.

    More than 90,000 people have joined the group "People Against the Sears Tower Name Change," on the social networking Web site Facebook.

    "This name change is absurd," one member wrote. "Would Paris change the name of the Eiffel Tower? Or London change Buckingham Palace? Or New York, the Statue of Liberty? I believe the Illinois Congress needs to proclaim the Sears Tower a recognizable landmark that is known all over the world by people who have traveled to Chicago."

    The group has gathered more than 34,000 signatures on an online petition against the name change. The name change seemed to be a fait accompli, though.

    A renaming ceremony was scheduled for Thursday with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. The skyscraper's Web site also features the new name. Watch sky-high perspective of tower »

    "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," Willis CEO and Chairman Joseph J. Plumeri said in a news release.

    The landmark opened in 1973 with its original occupant, Sears Roebuck & Co. The retailing giant has since moved its headquarters to suburban Chicago.


    That doesn't matter to those against the name change.

    "I asked a cabdriver to take me to the Willis tower. He said, 'Where the hell is that?'" a member of the Facebook group wrote. "That pretty much sums it up. No one will start calling it the Willis Tower."
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    ...protesters are expected to attend a rally at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday...

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    It's BS, it will always be the Sears Tower to me.
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    Yeah, renaming the sears tower seems a bit absurd. It's a historical monument as far as most people are concerned.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    ...protesters are expected to attend a rally at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday...
    Signature not currently available. You aren't missing much.

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    It's always going to be Sears Tower as far as I'm concerned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    ...protesters are expected to attend a rally at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday...
    LOL are you fkn serious? Our country's goin into the shitter before our very eyes and people are protesting the name of a building.

    Sears doesn't even reside in that building anymore.



    That doesn't matter to those against the name change.

    "I asked a cabdriver to take me to the Willis tower. He said, 'Where the hell is that?'" a member of the Facebook group wrote. "That pretty much sums it up. No one will start calling it the Willis Tower."
    I'm sure the cabbies will catch on before too long lady.
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    I'm visiting Chicago in October, and all the way on the other side of the world, I know it as Sears Tower. It seems odd to rename a world-famous landmark - you wouldn't rename the Empire State building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    ...protesters are expected to attend a rally at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday...
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    LOL are you fkn serious? Our country's goin into the shitter before our very eyes and people are protesting the name of a building.
    That was a joke! Maybe only jetguy got it, or maybe he was the only one who found it funny...

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    No I got it after. And it was funny.

    After reading that "The group has gathered more than 34,000 signatures on an online petition against the name change" I thought they were making an event of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charvel2 View Post
    you wouldn't rename the Empire State building.
    That depends on how the owner feels about it, and how much money they could get for it.

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    It'll always be the Sears Tower, just like it will always be Comiskey Park to me.

    Fuck Coroporate naming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoBandit View Post
    It'll always be the Sears Tower, just like it will always be Comiskey Park to me.

    Fuck Coroporate naming.
    Well, the irony is, Comiskey was not a corporate name - it was named in honour of the one-time owner of the team. That burns my butt more when they take someone's name off a building - Joe Robbie, Jack Kent Cooke, Jack Murphy, Chuck Comiskey, etc. and sell it to the highest bidder. It would be one thing if it was the Richard Daley Tower, but Sears was a corporate name - they owned the building (well, I don't even know if they owned it - the article just calls them the original occupant!). Now this other company owns it and wants to name it after themselves. While it would be kind of weird to see the name change, I guess they kind of have the right.


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