New ownership for Chicago’s Willis Tower led to a new vision for the 110-story skyscraper. The foundational piece of a $500 million redevelopment project reimagined the building’s first four podium levels, wrapping and reshaping the space to include an estimated 300,000 square feet of retail. The project accommodates some 45 new retail and restaurant tenants, a 51,000-square-foot conference center, a 29,000-square-foot fresh food market and a new, 67,000-square foot anchor tenant.
Our client asked the DMA team to contribute to this complex retail tenant delivery effort, supporting high quality design standards, expediting and coordinating timely tenant openings, facilitating the start of rental income and amplifying the market impact.
The Willis Tower redevelopment dramatically transforms the building’s street presence and interior atmosphere. The design features new greenspace, natural light and an undulating glass atrium. DMA’s work, in close collaboration with ownership, tenants and other project team members, is expanding amenities for office tenants and tourists and bringing retail to a new position of prominence in this iconic building.