Chicago Architecture Info

Trump International Hotel and Tower

Also known as
Trump Tower Chicago
401 North Wabash
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Basic Information
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Cost $847,000,000
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 92
Maximum height 1,362 feet/409 meters
Neighborhood: Near North Side
More Information
  • Height to roof: 1,125 feet.
  • Height to mechanical penthouse roof: 1,170 feet
  • Height to top of spire: 1,362 feet
  • Floor area: 2,600,000 square feet
  • Retail space: 80,000 square feet
  • Residences: 472
  • Hotel rooms:339
  • Parking spaces: 1,000
  • Land cost: $73,000,000
  • Concrete: 720,000,000 pounds
  • Concrete: 180,000 cubic yards
  • The tower was originally planned to have 461 condominiums and 227 combination hotel rooms and condominiums.
  • According to the Chicago Tribune, SOM built about 50 models of the building before getting the design they wanted.
  • According to the Chicago Tribune, Donald Trump bought the $28,000,000 14,000 square-foot 89th floor penthouse for his personal use.
  • The residents of this tower have their own private dog run.
  • At the time of its completion, this was the largest reinforced concrete building in North America.
  • This building is made of concrete instead of steel to reduce sway and maximize window space.
  • When this building was built, the freight railroad tracks that delivered newspaper rolls to the old Chicago Sun-Times building were preserved so the city might some day make a passenger rail link between Michigan Avenue and Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center in the West Loop.
  • The hotel uniforms were designed by Ivanka Trump.
  • December, 2001: The initial artists sketch of the Trump Tower Chicago is unveiled. People find it bland.
  • July, 2002: A revised plan is presented to the public. It receives better reviews.
  • 22 January, 2004: In a plan to adjust to changing economic realities, the design is changed so that floors 17 through 26 are converted from offices to condominiums and hotel rooms.
  • 15 October, 2004:- The last of the <i>Chicago Sun-Times</i> employees move out of the old Sun-Times building to make way for the new Trump Towe Chicago.
  • 15 October, 2004: Donald Trump purchases the last piece of the property he needs to move forward with the project. The total paid for the land is $73,000,000.
  • February, 2005: Mayor Daley convinces Donald Trump to put the spire back into plans for the tower.
  • February, 2005: WGN Television reports that the top floor condominium in the Trump International Hotel and Tower sold for $28 million.
  • 23 February, 2005: WGN Television reports that Donald Trump has decided to increase the height of the spire to make this the tallest skyscraper in North America. The <i>Chicago Tribune</i> carries a more complete story the next day, stating that the new Trump spire design could top 1,484 feet, taking the world's second-tallest title away from the Petronas Towers in Malaysia.
  • 17 March, 2005:- Construction officially begins on the Trump Tower.
  • 2 October, 2005: The concrete for the foundation mat arrives in what is called the "Big Pour." Dozens of truck work continuously for almost 24 hours to pour 5,000 cubic yards of wet concrete into an area 66 feet wide, 200 feet long, and 10 feet deep. This creates an underground anchor for the building. The concrete is mixed to withstand 10,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.
  • January 30, 2008 - The hotel portion of this building opened for business.
  • February 1, 2008: Construction reached the 60th floor.
  • April 28, 2008: The official opening ceremony was held.
  • August 16, 2008: This building is topped out.
  • September 23, 2008: Donald Trump and his immediate family participate in a topping out ceremony for this building.
  • December 13, 2008: After weeks of delays, a helicopter attempts to lift a piece of the building's spire into place. The operation is cancelled due to high winds.
  • January 3, 2009: The first pieces of the spire are successfully lifted into place.
  • April, 2009: Anticipated completion date.
  • May 5, 2009: The final piece of the building's spire is put in place.
  • June 23, 2010: The building's spire is illuminated for the first time.