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Willis Tower owner seeks thousands of new visitors per day, as $500 million expansion takes shape

Willis Tower owner seeks thousands of new visitors per day, as $500 million expansion takes shape

Chicago’s tallest skyscraper also could be known for its sprawling base by late 2019, when Willis Tower’s owner completes a 300,000-square-foot expansion designed to lure thousands of additional visitors each day.

About 200 trades workers are on the job six days a week to complete an unusual five-level addition starting inside the south edge of the 110-story tower, which has been cut away, as part of owner Blackstone Group’s $500 million expansion.

New York-based Blackstone is adding a food hall, meeting and events space, restaurants, entertainment, a rooftop park and a soaring skylight — offering straight-up views of the south side of Willis Tower — that will be supported...

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