Yesterday, after months of delay, the Trump Tower spire was finally air-lifted in. Quite by chance, I happened to be on the Chicago el station platform at the moment they were finishing up.
As spires go, it’s not that impressive looking, but it was impressive watching the helicopter tethered to the building.
The figures clinging to the frame are construction workers, who climbed to the top of the 290-foot spire, bolting it together. Eventually the gridwork will disappear when the spire is covered by a fiberglass shell.
We watched them detach the cable and the helicopter flew away, leaving the Trump Tower, with the addition of the spire, the second highest building in North America. (Personally, I think including spires in height requirements for “tallest buildings” is lame, but there you have it.)