What does Chicago look like from inside Trump Tower?
I found out a few days ago while visiting condominium units on the tower's 39th floor as prep for a private event WBEZ is hosting there tonight. And though most of you (ok, pretty much none of you) were invited, your favorite architecture critic and flaneur did not forget about you. So today I'm showing you some images of the city I took from inside Trump.
We'll start with the photo above: a look straight east down the Main Branch of the river. Look at old, midcentury and new Chicago all pulling up to the water's edge. The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and, to the right, 360 N. Michigan Avenue and the Deco 333 N. Michigan cover the first three decades of the 20th century. Then the Equitable Building shows up next to the Tribune Tower in 1965; then the circa 1970 Illinois Center is built on the south bank of the river, followed by the Cityfront Center in the late 1980s and early 1990s just beyond the Equitable Building. This century produced Lakeshore East to the right of the Main Branch in this photo.