Trump Tower Chicago, Remarkable Architecture

The Trump Tower Chicago makes great use of its available space while creating another icon in the city’s skyline. Also important, its setbacks pay homage to the Art Deco-era skyscrapers that made Chicago a living architectural museum. And it manages to reach for the stars without stepping on the feet of other buildings in the area. To its neighbors, it appears as an equal. That’s because the first setback is at the same height as the cornice on the Wrigley Building, the second is the same height as Marina City, and the third is at the top of the former IBM Building across the street. Copy provided by Chicago Architecture. 

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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.

The Trump Tower – Chicago

The Trump Towers

Although not one of my favorite skyscrapers in the city, the glass structure provides drama 24 hours a day with light. Interesting shape captures light bouncing it twice and sometimes three times. Architect Adrian Smith of legacy agency Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, designed the building which is the second tallest in the United States surpassed in height only by the Sears — now — Willis Tower. It was Trump’s intention to build the tallest building in the world at this site, but scaled back after 9/11.

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