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Trump International Hotel and Tower

Trump Tower Chicago Dominates views on the Chicago River.
Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, topped out in 2009 and stands at 98 stories. At one point, the real estate developer planned to build the tallest building in the United States or perhaps the world at this site, but when terrorists took down the World Trade Towers in New York City, Trump decided he didn’t want his building to become a target. The Trump International Hotel and Tower shares something important with Chicago’s most iconic buildings, the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center. All three buildings and developers used the world famous Chicago firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merill. To the chagrin of many, Trump International Hotel and Tower passed up the Hancock Building in terms of Height. However, that needs to be explained. When comparing rooftop to rooftop, the Hancock is significantly taller than the Trump building. However, the spire on the Trump, because it has no satellite dishes and other electronic equipment gets to be measured in the over the height of the building. It should also be pointed out that when comparing rooftop to rooftop, the Sears Tower towers over One World Trade in New York City but because the One World has a clean spire, it’s considered the taller of the two buildings never mind that when comparing rooftop to rooftop the Willis/Sears is ten stories taller. Chicago officials and architects never fought the measurement in of One World in New York because of its symbolic importance, but there’s a little nonsecret that swirls through architecture offices, One World most certainly is not taller nor was it harder or gutsier to build than the Sears. Here’s to humility and the Second City. Trump is not a widely loved figure in Chicago, but he developed a world-class skyscraper. Keeping only the building in mind, it’s impressive and an important part of Chicago skyline.


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