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Chicago’s “Loop” skyline above 520″

Chicago’s skyline in the loop is dominated by two buildings, Trump Tower and Willis Tower (formerly the Sear’s Tower). The design of the Sear’s Tower remains relevant, strong and continues to serve as a benchmark for highrise construction. Keeping all politics aside (please) will the Trump Tower remain relevant 35 years from now? Certainly, glass and steel is a common design in large American cities, but is Trump distinctive enough to pass the test of time or will it seem dated in a few decades. From my eyes, it’s a stunning beauty right now and helps anchor the Chicago skyline.

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Bookends, how two men framed a city

Bookends, how two men framed a city

Architectural engineer Fazlur Khan and architect Bruce Graham of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, designed the John Hancock Building to the right (North) and soon thereafter designed the Sears Tower to the left (South). I don’t believe the buildings were located by accident as the Chicago skyline falls between the two.

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All that glitters

All that glitters

Not my favorite building in Chicago, but the Trump Tower provides a dramatic light show throughout the day, but none better than at sunset, as seen here from the John Hancock Building. Prior to 911, Donald Trump planned to build the tallest skyscraper in the world at this site.

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