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Trump International Hotel and Tower

by Matt B on February 4th, 2008

trump international hotel tower Despite all of Chicago's architectural successes, it's been a long time since we've had a new tower of incredible height to crane our necks at. After all, both the Sears Tower and the Aon Center were built in the '70s. So in 2000, when Donald Trump announced his plans to build the world's tallest tower along the Chicago River, many Chicagoans were excited. (After the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, the plans were scaled down a few hundred feet.) However, when the first few sketches came out, they were duds, and no one particularly cared for them. After several revisions, a beautiful and stunning structure emerged, creating another icon for Chicago's skyline. The Trump International Hotel and Tower complements its neighbors, rather than overpowering them, with architectural recessions at the same heights as the Wrigley Building, Marina City, and the IBM Building.

The tower is set to be completed in 2009, and it will be the second-tallest building in Chicago. Residential units on the 89th floor will break a 37-year world record held by the John Hancock Center for the world's highest homes off ground level. The tower is expected to be 1,362 feet tall (415 m) and contain 92 floors.

However, the hotel portion is now officially open to guests. On Wednesday, January 30, 125 of 339 rooms were made available to the public, and more will open as demand picks up. Finishing touches are being put on the 16th-floor restaurant. Suites range from 1,000 to 2,300 square feet (93 to 214 m2) and nightly room rates will range from $600 to $2,600.

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Photo credit: ChicagoArchitecture.info, Ricardo Phillips (1, 2), nino63004 (1, 2)

Trump International Hotel and Tower: 401 N Wabash Ave
Public trans: Bus # 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 144, 146
Brown/Purple/Green/Pink/Orange Line train (State)
Red Line train (Lake)

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