The Chicago Spire 

Watch the Spire rise above the Chicago lakefront



Wikipedia entry

The developer's web site


Archived Photographs:

September 2007 - site preparation has commenced
Full View
Closeup of Construction Site

Summer 2004 - a year or so before the announcement of the intention to build the Spire
Prior to the Spire

About me:

When not staring out the window at the Spire while being "wintered in" at the cold windy port of Chicago, I coauthor a blog and maintain a website about cruising around the Great Lakes in our boat.  To someone like me, the Chicago Spire is just one of many interesting sites found in the towns and harbors of the Great Lakes.


What is the Chicago Spire? 

The Chicago Spire is a 2000 foot tall residential high rise designed by Santiago Calatrava. To be located at the mouth of the Chicago River, the Spire is shaping up to be an artistic and architectural gem.  Construction crews began site work in 2007.

Although the  Chicago Spire opened a sales center in January 2008, buyers aren't expected to move in until 2012. 

What will it look like?

Here's an artist's rendering from USA Today


OK that's nice, but what does the spire look like now

Here 'ya go . . . my latest photos of the Chicago Spire construction site.:

January 27, 2008



January 20, 2008