Chicago Spire

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Chicago Spire
Chicago spire shape.svg
Computer rendering of the building.
General information
StatusNever built
Location400 N Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois
GroundbreakingJune 25, 2007[2]
Estimated completion2012 (est.)[1]
Opening2012 (est.)[1]
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 is a very large skyscraper that was being built in Chicago, Illinois. Because of financial problems, the project has not been finished.[2][4]

As of May 2013, however, interest in the Chicago Spire site has risen, drawing in at least a half-dozen offers for the property. The developer is also considering a bid to take back control of the property, reigniting hope that the 2,000 ft. skyscraper may actually be built.[5] In 2014, a Chicago court ruled in favor of not building the skyscraper thus abandoning plans of it being constructed.

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.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Shelbourne Development. (2008, April 06). The Chicago Spire Achieves 30 Percent Sales. Retrieved June 14, 2008 from
  2. 2.0 2.1 NewcitySkyline. (2007, August 1). The Chicago Spire is officially under construction. Retrieved August 03, 2007, from
  3. Repeat. (2006). Calatrava's Latest Twist from Spire to Licorice Stick Retrieved December 11, 2006, from
  4. "Chicago Spire". Retrieved 2007-08-03.
  5. "Condo Sit Lives Again". The Wall Street Journal. 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  6. "Gensler Devises a Megatall Replacement for the Chicago Spire Site". June 6, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2016.