United Airlines parent mulls HQ move to Willis Tower
March 7, 2012
By: Ryan Ori

The parent company of United Airlines is considering leaving its headquarters building on the Chicago River and moving its corporate offices to the Willis Tower, home of a huge operations center the airline plans to open this spring.

United Continental Holdings Inc. is seeking tenants to fill the 250,000 square feet it leases at the United Building, a 51-story tower at 77 W. Wacker Drive, sources say. ...

... Because United's floors are on the lower half of the building, some view-seeking tenants such as law firms could be less enthusiastic about the space, says Rick Schuham, a Chicago tenant rep for New York-based Studley Inc. But the tower could benefit from a lack of large chunks of Class A space.

“The floor plates are a little small and it's a little darker on the lower portion of the building,” Mr. Schuham says. “But there's not a lot of large blocks of space out there. It's a Class A building. Based on the migration of tenants, it's a solid location.” ...

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