Sears Tower name change has few Chicago fans

There are 20 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 12, 2009, titled Sears Tower name change has few Chicago fans. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Changing the name of Sears Tower to Willis Tower is a no-brainer, especially if you're Willis Group Holdings .

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Patryk

United States

#2 Mar 12, 2009
We don't want no name nobody sent.
bmcafferty

Chicago, IL

#5 Mar 12, 2009
Let me be the first to coin it "The Big Willy"
begone all ye idiots

United States

#6 Mar 12, 2009
Think of all the money that could be made if Daley sold the naming rights to the City!
begone all ye idiots

United States

#7 Mar 12, 2009
bmcafferty wrote:
Let me be the first to coin it "The Big Willy"
I prefer the "Whacha talkin''bout Willis Tower".
Mike

Midlothian, VA

#8 Mar 13, 2009
Why can't Americans own their own buildings anymore? I'm sick of them selling off our landmarks to outsiders who could care less.
Gen Z

Chicago, IL

#9 Mar 13, 2009
Joseph Plumeri, Willis Group's chairman and CEO ... just successfully alienated himself and his corporation from the people of Chicago.

Congratulations, you have single-handedly re-affirmed the stereotype that business people believe that money automatically results in affirmation and appreciation. "I'm giving you people money. You should be grateful that I'm around to show you the way."

Thanks, Mr. Joseph Plumeri, Willis Group's chairman and CEO. Your confidence and understanding of Chicagoans is overwhelming
Rob

Chicago, IL

#10 Mar 13, 2009
In a few years none of you will care. There's more important things to worry about. Remember all the people protesting Macy's taking over Marshall Fields. They seem pretty silly now don't they? Someday, people will look at the ruins of that building like we now look at ancient pyramids.
begone all ye idiots

United States

#11 Mar 13, 2009
Mike wrote:
Why can't Americans own their own buildings anymore? I'm sick of them selling off our landmarks to outsiders who could care less.
The ST owners sold (or threw in for free, depending upon whom you believe) the NAMING rights, not the building itself.
Reaper

Chicago, IL

#14 Mar 13, 2009
Rob wrote:
In a few years none of you will care. There's more important things to worry about. Remember all the people protesting Macy's taking over Marshall Fields. They seem pretty silly now don't they? Someday, people will look at the ruins of that building like we now look at ancient pyramids.
You are definitely not a Chicagoan. Just another holier than thou transplant. BTW-we make fun of you people all that time.
jay

Reno, NV

#15 Mar 13, 2009
It will always be SEARS TOWER to me. Naming it after a movie actor just won't fly.
Alex

Arlington Heights, IL

#16 Mar 13, 2009
There's an online petition at http://www.ItsTheSearsTower.com that will be delivered to Willis Group holdings. It probably won't help, but it can't hurt.
Patrick Herek

Oak Park, IL

#17 Mar 13, 2009
Hey Joseph Plumeri,

Detroit needs faith from its businesses, not Chicago. Chicago doesn't need you. You're fortunate to get such a space. Do all of Chicago a favor and ram the mast of the Sear's Tower up your butt tomorrow morning.
Augie

Saint Charles, IL

#18 Mar 13, 2009
Willis Tower, located at 233 South Wanker Drive.

Its bad enough New York tries to send their names to Chicago, now we got the bloody Brits thinking they can gain our approval by renaming a landmark?
Randall E Krause

Fairport, NY

#19 Mar 13, 2009
I like how Joseph Plumeri validates his firm's motives for renaming the signature tower: "Would you rather have an iconic building with nobody in it, which doesn't say a lot about Chicago, or someone with enough faith to take the space?" How does this statement justify the blatant disregard for Chicago's architectural heritage? He fails to even address the concern at hand. It's a circuitous response like a multiple choice question "We can either not move into the building and it will sit vacant or we can move into the building and rename it regardless of public opinon." What happened to option "C" -- don't be so hasty to rename the building? I think it says a lot more about Chicagoans that they don't want a London-based corporation using a world-renowned American landmark as a billboard for its own ego.
Sears Tower, like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, is more than just the namesake for its developer; the Tower has become a veritable civic tradition quite literally etched in granite. To sellout such deeply held standards in the name of progress is a sign of cultural apathy.
Perhaps it is time to rename the City of Chicago itself to "Chicagone". History will show that it's already been bought out multiple times throughout the Daley administration.
Hal

Hudsonville, MI

#20 Mar 13, 2009
Mr. Plumeri's arrogance certainly won't help Chicago embrace his company, new jobs and business notwithstanding, when Willis Group Holdings moves into the building formerly known as The Sears Tower.

I wonder how he'd feel if U.S. Cellular suddenly bought the naming rights to Big Ben and started calling it "The Big Cell?"

Oh, wait, we already know how that feels.
Ray

Klaus, Germany

#21 Mar 13, 2009
Why should it be called the sears tower? Didn't Sears abandon it just a few years into its existence for Hoffman Estates? Good riddance to companies that abandon the city--should have happened a long time ago.
ChiHawksSox

United States

#23 Mar 13, 2009
Rob wrote:
In a few years none of you will care. There's more important things to worry about. Remember all the people protesting Macy's taking over Marshall Fields. They seem pretty silly now don't they? Someday, people will look at the ruins of that building like we now look at ancient pyramids.
Hey Rob they still are protesting and not shopping at Macys and macyas is losing a fortune because of it.
ChiHawksSox

United States

#24 Mar 13, 2009
Dumb Chicagoans wrote:
Who cares. Your building has been surpassed all over the world with buildings which are taller, nicer, and better designed. You should just be glad they and Macy's are bothering to invest money and put jobs in your overrated city.
Frankly I wonder about the business acumen of this company, choosing to relocate to a place with ridiculous taxes, a culture of corruption, frightening crime, and public transit which is shameful even by American standards.
Sur it has. The difference?? We are the home to the skyscraper! The Sears Tower has been aroiund for over 35 years, It took over 30 years for someone to build something larger. The Sears tower is still better know than those fakes. Finally, in alot of Circles the Sears tower si still largest floor to ceiling. Now bug off would ya??
Big Willy works for me

Fort Wayne, IN

#25 Mar 13, 2009
Dear Joseph Plumeri (Chairman and CEO of the Willis Group)-

You may want to do a conference call with Terry Lundgren (CEO, Chairman of the Board, President of Macy's). He can fill you in on Chicagoans and their sensibilites, values, civic pride, and attitudes toward arrogant interlopers.

- Love,
A Chicagoan
begone all ye idiots

United States

#26 Mar 13, 2009
ChiHawksSox wrote:
Finally, in alot of Circles the Sears tower si still largest floor to ceiling. Now bug off would ya??
Which is really the pt. Who cares if someone builds an edifice taller than the Sears if there are no offices/residences in the top half?

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