The age-old adage "it’s better to give than to receive" rings true at Willis Tower.

To show our abundant appreciation to the city that has given us so much, Willis Tower supports the community by hosting a variety of charitable programs.



Skyrise Chicago

Skyrise Chicago, the world’s tallest indoor stair climb, takes place within Willis Tower every November. Thousands of participants including more than 150 Willis Tower tenants sprint, jog or walk 103 floors to the Willis Tower Skydeck. Participants can also opt to crank their way to the sky using stationary hand cycles calibrated for resistance and time to match the 103-floor stair climbing experience. Skyrise benefits the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the nations #1 rehabilitation hospital.

In 2018 more than $1.1 million was raised for our non-profit partner, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (SRALAB), and will help fund their passionate and innovative research and rehabilitation work. 

Some fun and inspiring facts from Skyrise 2018:

  • 1,782 climbers (2,100 registrations) and 20 hand cyclists.
  • Participants ranged from 7 to 80 years old and came from 38 states and 7 countries.
  • The fastest climber, from Columbia, reached the Skydeck in 13 minutes and 8 seconds, 10 seconds off his record 2017 time.
  • Brody Roybal, a Paralympics gold medalist and SRALAB patient, finished the climb in 1 hour and 8 minutes – using only his powerful upper body.

 Click here to get a sneak peek into the event.


Greater Chicago Food Depository

Willis Tower is proud to partner with BOMA Chicago (Building Owners and Managers Association) for a fall food drive benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Every year, Willis Tower collects non-perishable food items that are donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and proteins to our 812,000 neighbors in Cook County in need.

Willis Tower also collects virtual donations and thanks to the Food Depository’s buying power $1 can help provide 3 meals!

In 2018 Willis Tower collected a total of 664 pounds of food which equates to 553 healthy meals for our neighbors in Cook County. In addition to that, Willis Tower collected $105.41 through the virtual food drive adding an additional 316 meals for a grand total of 869 meals.



Willis Tower partnered with UNITE in December 2018 to host a winter coat drive. Willis Tower and UNITE collected gently used coats, hats and gloves to warm the hearts and hands of families of the Lawndale Community Academy. More than 100 coats, hats, gloves and scarves were collected at Willis Tower. 


American Red Cross

In partnership with American Red Cross, Willis Tower has scheduled monthly blood drives throughout the year to help patients in approximately 2,600 hospitals cross the U.S.

Please note the following dates when you can donate blood at Willis Tower in 2019:

January 14, 2019

February 11, 2019

March 11, 2019

April 8, 2019

May 13, 2019

June 10, 2019

July 8, 2019

August 12, 2019

September 9, 2019

October 7, 2019

November 11, 2019

December 9, 2019

Click here to make an appointment or contact The Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)