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Willis Tower Is No Longer One Of The 10 Tallest Buildings In The World

By Kate Shepherd in News on Jan 8, 2016 6:27PM

The Willis Tower has lost some major bragging rights. It's no longer one of the world's ten tallest skyscrapers.

The Shanghai Tower, which is second tallest building on the globe, has knocked the former Sears Tower out of the top ten. It's the first time Chicago's iconic tower has not been amongst the tallest since it was completed in 1974, according to NBC5.

For nearly 25 years, Chicago's tallest building (standing at 1,451 feet) was the tallest building on Earth. It eventually lost its title as the world's tallest to a building in Dubai.

The Willis Tower is still super tall for North America-—it's the second tallest building on the continent, next to New York City's One World Trade Center.

Development in Asia and the Middle East means that it might not even stay in the top 20 for long.

"Given the rapid development of urban centers in these regions [Asia and the Middle East] and the new heights that are being realized by contemporary tall buildings, CTBUH data projects that it will be less than five years before Willis Tower also falls out of the Top 20 Tallest Buildings," the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said.