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Old March 18th, 2007, 04:34 AM   #681
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I have a question here... Will this building have an observation deck? I really hope it will have one. I'd love to go back to Chicago and go up that building to see the entire city of Chicago one day.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 05:03 AM   #682
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I have a question here... Will this building have an observation deck? I really hope it will have one. I'd love to go back to Chicago and go up that building to see the entire city of Chicago one day.
No. It's a residential tower. Imagine if you lived there and your house was basically a tourist attraction. Big turnoff for buyers.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 05:25 AM   #683
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WOW this building is massive. You can actually see the frame of the building now and the base is just beautifull. I wonder if the building would be white.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 05:52 AM   #684
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Chicago Spire - March 15, 2007 Presented to Friends of the Parks


This sketch by Chicago Spire Designer Santiago Calatrava proposes three pedestrian approaches to the DuSable Park Site from the west: River Walkway, Pedestrian Gateway in line with Water Street, and the Ogden Slip Pedestrian Walkway. The proposed bike/pedestrian bridge is at the same level as Lower Lake Shore Drive to minimize the view obstruction from DuSable Park. The developer plans to start building in May, 2007 if approved by the Chicago Plan Commission and the Chicago City Council in April. The developer's representatives indicated their willingness to rebuild the DuSable seawall in conjunction with their own grading and 40-month construction schedule.









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Old March 18th, 2007, 05:55 AM   #685
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No. It's a residential tower. Imagine if you lived there and your house was basically a tourist attraction. Big turnoff for buyers.
That's stupid!
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Old March 18th, 2007, 06:40 AM   #686
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>>>You can actually see the frame of the building now and the base is just beautifull. >>>

Excuse my ignorance, but has this actually broken ground?
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Old March 18th, 2007, 06:42 AM   #687
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That's stupid!
Its not going to offer a better view than Sears/JHC anyway.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 06:48 AM   #688
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And, having lived in the Chicagoland area, can I once again offer my opinion that the Hancock has the better view over Sears, despite the lower elevation. Observation decks are great, and can be good money-makers (what with the souviner shops, etc.), but I agree a residential building is not a good place for one.

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Old March 18th, 2007, 06:56 AM   #689
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>>>You can actually see the frame of the building now and the base is just beautifull. >>>

Excuse my ignorance, but has this actually broken ground?
No. It hasn't even been approved yet.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 07:14 AM   #690
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Old March 18th, 2007, 07:28 AM   #691
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Thanks, hydrogen...I thought that was the case, but an earlier post sounded like it had started...I guess he was talking about renderings.

I really wonder if this thing will be built. Besides the possibility it could become a terrorist target, (didn't Trump lower his height because of this?), it really is a bit odd for the "stately" Chicago skyline. Just an opinion.

BTW, the terrorism threat I think is bogus and stupid.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 07:35 AM   #692
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it really is a bit odd for the "stately" Chicago skyline.
Every skyline must evolve. It can't allow its past to determine its future. When the John Hancock Center was built, it was an anomaly--too tall and in the wrong place. Now, all these years later, most would be hardpressed to imagine the Chicago skyline without it. I believe the same will be the case with Chicago Spire.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 07:46 AM   #693
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Good point. I agree, skylines must evolve. But the sheer height of this building will forever change the Chicago skyline, probably more than Big John ever did. (BTW, I love the Hancock...one of, if not THE best buildings in Chi-town.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 07:51 AM   #694
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Good point. I agree, skylines must evolve. But the sheer height of this building will forever change the Chicago skyline, probably more than Big John ever did. (BTW, I love the Hancock...one of, if not THE best buildings in Chi-town.
You say "but" as if it's a bad thing. Why do you feel that way?
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Old March 18th, 2007, 08:24 AM   #695
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Did not mean it as a "bad" thing. Just trying to get a feel for what this will do for the Chicago skyline. On one hand, I think the U.S. needs to make a statement that we can compete in this area, on the other hand, what will this building accomplish from an aesthetic and practical standpoint? You are in Chicago and probably have a vested interest in this building. I used to live there, and it is still my favorite U.S. city. One of the things that is attractive about the city is it thinks big and makes bold moves. (You know, that whole "broad shoulders" thing). Nothing wrong with that!

Hey, I'm not totally against it, just raising some questions...
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Old March 18th, 2007, 08:47 AM   #696
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Did not mean it as a "bad" thing. Just trying to get a feel for what this will do for the Chicago skyline. On one hand, I think the U.S. needs to make a statement that we can compete in this area, on the other hand, what will this building accomplish from an aesthetic and practical standpoint? You are in Chicago and probably have a vested interest in this building. I used to live there, and it is still my favorite U.S. city. One of the things that is attractive about the city is it thinks big and makes bold moves. (You know, that whole "broad shoulders" thing). Nothing wrong with that!

Hey, I'm not totally against it, just raising some questions...
Agreed and point taken.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 08:56 AM   #697
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There won't be an observation deck.

I saw a video interview with Daley I think. The reporter asked him if there would be an observation deck and he said he very much doubted it.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 09:18 AM   #698
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There won't be an observation deck.

I saw a video interview with Daley I think. The reporter asked him if there would be an observation deck and he said he very much doubted it.
No, there won't be one. It's a certainty.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 09:52 AM   #699
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I see... I have to befriend with any resident who will live in that building so I can take advantage of great view of Chicago and take pictures of it then buy any resident who would let me, a nice dinner for Thank you
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Old March 18th, 2007, 05:29 PM   #700
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Excellent. Now you can see the base and the ouside skin of the building. WOW! Knowing some of Calatrava structures allready, if this building turns out to look like some if his other creations is going to be amazing.
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