Chicago Spire

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Chicago , USA
400 N Lake Shore Dr
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The 2000ft Chicago Spire, designed by uberarchitect Santiago Calatrava, was supposed to become the nation’s tallest building back in 2007. Excitement was high (pun!), and nicknames for the twisting design abounded – The Twizzler, The Drill Bit, The Vibrator among them. But construction screeched to a halt in 2008 when the economy went limp and funds dried up. Now there’s a dormant 76ft-deep, 110ft-wide hole in the ground at downtown’s pricey edge.

You can see it from high rises, but not easily at street level as a landscaped berm hides it.