Chicago Spire

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Chicago Spire
Computer rendering of the building.
General information
StatusNever built
Location400 N Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois
GroundbreakingJune 25, 2007[1]
Estimated completion2012 (est.)[2]
Opening2012 (est.)[2]
Roof2,000 feet (609.6 m)
Technical details
Floor count150
Floor area3,000,000 square feet
(278,709 sq. m)[3]
Design and construction
ArchitectSantiago Calatrava
Perkins and Will
DeveloperShelbourne Development
EngineerThornton Tomasetti
Main contractorCase Foundation

The Chicago Spire was a skyscraper project that was being built in Chicago, Illinois, however, because of financial problems, the project was never finished.[1][4]

It would have stood 2,000 feet (610 m) high with 150 floors and been the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.[5] When originally proposed as the Fordham Spire in July 2005, the design had 116 stories, included a hotel and condominiums, and was topped with a broadcast antenna mast.[5]

However, interest in the Chicago Spire site has risen, drawing in at least a half-dozen offers for the property. The developer was considering a bid to take back control of the property, reigniting hope that the 2,000 ft. skyscraper may actually be built.[6] In 2014, a Chicago court ruled in favor of not building the skyscraper thus abandoning plans of it being constructed.

On 4 November 2016, ownership of the property the tower was being built on was given to Related Midwest. In 2018, it was revealed that Related Midwest will build two skyscrapers at the site of the Spire. The Gateway Tower, a proposed 2,000 feet (610 m) tall condo, is proposed to be built on the site of where the Spire would have been built.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "NewcitySkyline - The Chicago Spire is officially under construction". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2022-06-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Shelbourne Development. (2008, April 06). The Chicago Spire Achieves 30 Percent Sales. Retrieved June 14, 2008 from Archived 2008-12-16 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Repeat. (2006). Calatrava's Latest Twist from Spire to Licorice Stick Retrieved December 11, 2006, from
  4. "Chicago Spire, Chicago -". Retrieved 2022-06-15.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Corfman, Thomas; Kamin, Blair (2005-07-26). "Tallest tower to twist rivals". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  6. Sadovi, Maura Webber (2013-05-14). "Condo Site Lives Again". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2022-06-15.
  7. "Gensler Devises a Megatall Replacement for the Chicago Spire Site". June 6, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2016.