In 1973, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley commemorated the construction of what was then the tallest building in the world, the Sears Tower, now known as Willis Tower.

Richard J. Daley speech in front of the Sears Tower

Richard J. Daley giving a speech at an outdoor podium in front of the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower), ca. 1970s. RJD_04_01_0029_0008_010

As this medallion below indicates, the skyscraper has 110 floor and reaches more than 1,400 feet.

Medallion--Sears Tower, 1973 [back]. RJD_06_01_0041_0008_001b

Medallion–Sears Tower, 1973 [back]. RJD_06_01_0041_0008_001b

The medallion and the above photograph are only two of the hundreds of artifacts and thousands photographs to be found in the Richard J. Daley Collection.The collection is open to the public in the reading room at the Special Collections and University Archives in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Please ask a librarian for more information about seeing the collection.

Medallion--Sears Tower, 1973 [front]. RJD_06_01_0041_0008_001a

Medallion–Sears Tower, 1973 [front]. RJD_06_01_0041_0008_001a