WBEZ | Trump Tower http://www.wbez.org/tags/trump-tower Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Woman who loses to Trump: No regrets http://www.wbez.org/news/woman-who-loses-trump-no-regrets-107326 <p><p>An 87-year-old woman who lost her civil case against Donald Trump says she&#39;s glad she took the &quot;Apprentice&quot; star to court even though a jury in Chicago ended up deciding against her.</p><p>The federal jury returned with a finding Thursday against Jacqueline Goldberg. The Evanston woman told reporters later she hoped her lawsuit &quot;exposed Trump for what he is&quot; and dissuades others from investing with him.</p><p>Goldberg claimed Trump offered her a profit-sharing plan at Chicago&#39;s Trump International Hotel &amp; Tower if she bought condos there. She says he reneged after committing to buy.</p><p>Trump&#39;s attorneys argued Goldberg signed a contract allowing Trump to change the terms.</p><p>Asked what advice she&#39;d give others who do decide to invest with Trump, she responded, &quot;Read the contract carefully.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 10:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/woman-who-loses-trump-no-regrets-107326 Baby, there's a shark near the water: The blade-edged Swissotel still looks sharp after 20+ years http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-03-15/baby-theres-shark-near-water-blade-edged-swissotel-still-looks-sharp-after-2 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-16/swissotel_leebey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="380" width="258" title="" alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-16/untitled shoot-050.jpg" /></p><p>Forgive me for paraphrasing that <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPQlxHWsemI&amp;feature=related">great&nbsp; VV&nbsp;Brown tune</a> in the above headline. I was strolling around Wacker east of Michigan yesterday when I admired again the sublime, blade-like coolness of the Swissotel; a silvery architectural dorsal fin right at the edge of the Chicago River.</p><p>Completed in 1989, the silvery 45-story hotel is the work of the late, great Chicago architectural icon Harry Weese. The hotel--much like Weese skyscraper jail, the slit-windowed Metropolitan Correctional Center at Clark and Van Buren--is a three-sided building, rather than a four-sided box.&nbsp; Located 323 E. Wacker Drive, the Swissotel was a late addition to the predominantly 1970s-era Illinois Center complex. But looking at it now, the building is a transition between the old Miesian boxes next door and the sleek new generation of buildings that were to come to the area, such as the neighboring Aqua Tower, and nearby Blue Cross/Blue Shield building at Columbus and Randolph.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="380" width="342" title="" alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-16/untitled shoot-055.jpg" /></p><p>The building is skinned in opaque and reflective glass that nicely mirror the city around it. You can see the Wrigley Building, the modernist 401 N. Michigan Ave., and Trump Tower reflected in this portion of the hotel's base.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="380" width="307" title="" alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-16/untitled shoot-071.jpg" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="380" width="248" title="" alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-16/untitled shoot-069.jpg" /></p><p>If somebody out there is compiling a roster of the city's future architectural landmarks, here's hoping they add this one to the list.</p></p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 04:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-03-15/baby-theres-shark-near-water-blade-edged-swissotel-still-looks-sharp-after-2 Inside looking out: A view of downtown architecture from Trump Tower http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/inside-looking-out-view-downtown-architecture-trump-tower <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Lee-Bey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="461" width="400" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-19/P1011077.jpg" /></p><p>What does Chicago look like from inside Trump Tower?</p><p>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&nbsp;I'm showing you some images of the city I&nbsp;took from inside Trump.</p><p>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. That tall building to the far right is Aqua Tower.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="565" width="400" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-19/P1011048.jpg" /></p><p>The photo above is Wacker Drive as it wraps around Michigan Avenue and goes east. I like the pairing of Mather Tower, the slender, vertical, telescoping building in the middle of the front row next to the late 1950s-cool Hotel 71 with its horizontal bands just to the right. It works. My how the city has grown since the Mather was built, however; when it the building opened it was the tallest in Chicago until it got bumped aside by the taller Chicago Board of Trade Building in 1930.</p><p>Below is a view looking northwest. Here you see how the height and density of the skyline quickly falls away within a few blocks. But look closer and you can see newer buildings are vastly taller than the older ones. Height will win out once the market picks up. Whenever that will be:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="472" width="400" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-19/P1011053.jpg" /></p><p>In this southwest view, you can feel the heft of the Mies van der Rohe-designed 330 N. Michigan as it faces off against the buildings on the other side of the river at Wabash.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="559" width="400" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-19/P1011032.jpg" /></p><p>During the visit, I couldn't help but think about the Chicago Sun-Times building that once sat on this site, and where I worked for almost a decade. The highest spot in the building was a room on the top floor that was used for special occasions. Doors led out to an outdoor deck with impressive views of the river. It was eight stories high. That would be about where the parking garage of Trump Tower is today.</p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 03:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/inside-looking-out-view-downtown-architecture-trump-tower