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  • 2,000-foot TV tower may pierce skyline

    Imagine this addition to Chicago's fabled skyline: a futuristic, tweezer-shaped broadcast tower looming 2,000 feet over the lakefront as one of the world's tallest structures. The digital age may soon bring this sleek, scissors-like conversation piece to...
  • Name should be the Why Tower

    There have been lots of loony ideas floated for the Chicago skyline, but the proposed 2,000-foot-tall broadcast tower that two Chicago developers want to build along the lakefront, at least in its present form, appears to be among the looniest. Despite...
  • Beantown's fine brew of politics and the past

    The late Tip O'Neill, speaker of the House and Massachusetts political legend, used to say, "All politics is local." Here in Boston, politics also is everywhere. We see it in the blarney of tour guides on the sightseeing trolleys, in the Colonial...
  • The Four Seasons

    It wasn't my pickup truck's fault. Really, it wasn't. But that's when the problems started. Sure, I've been ignored before. But when I pulled to the curb at the Four Seasons Chicago and both doormen, each in turn, looked squarely at my dust-encrusted '91...
  • Chicago shuts down in wake of attacks

    Houses of worship holding prayer vigils for the nation were among the few buildings in Chicago actively welcoming people this afternoon, as shock waves from the devastating terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in...
  • Tallest tower to twist rivals

    It would twist into the sky over Chicago's lakefront like an oversized birthday candle, surpassing Sears Tower and the planned Freedom Tower in New York as the nation's tallest building. It might, or might not, be built. But it already is drawing fire...
  • How tall is too tall?

    More than a century ago, the modern skyscraper was born in Chicago. It was nine stories tall. Then human nature--and advancing technology--unleashed a century of competition, much of it between New York and Chicago, to build the world's tallest building....
  • 1st impressions of architecture not set in stone

    The cautious person scratches his chin, nods and says nothing for a moment. Then he or she says something vague yet wise, beginning with, "Yes, yes ... however--" and ending with a nod to time as the ultimate judge of whether, in this case, it's a good...
  • Profit doubts shadow tower

    Profit doubts shadow tower
    The proposed lakefront hotel/condominium skyscraper to be designed by Santiago Calatrava is confronting not only doubts about whether the 115-story tower can be built, but also a separate, but closely related, question. Can it be profitable? "There...
  • Scaling aesthetic heights

    Let's set aside, for a second, the hardheaded question of whether Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava's twisting 2,000-foot Chicago tower will ever get built. In a way, it doesn't matter. Last Wednesday's unveiling of the dazzling, but...
  • Save the gushing; it's time to fill in blanks on lakefront spire

    Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's seductive proposal for a twisting, 2,000-foot Chicago skyscraper, to be unveiled Wednesday, requires thinking, not swooning, if Chicagoans are to assess whether it's a good match for their vaunted skyline. Yet...