Crews Install Spire on Top of Trump Tower in Chicago

Sat January 24, 2009 - Midwest Edition

CHICAGO (AP) Donald Trump now has a spire atop his Chicago luxury high-rise building due to helicopter and construction crews.

A helicopter flew the spire to the top of the building in downtown Chicago on Jan. 3 and ironworkers bolted the steel pieces in place. The Trump International Hotel and Tower stands at 1,361 ft. (416.7 m) tall. That’s approximately 90 ft. (27 m) shorter than Chicago’s famous Sears Tower.

Pedestrians on Michigan Avenue looked on from below.

In all it took four hours and fifteen minutes for the spire to be erected. The successful operation was one of several tries to install the spire. High winds foiled the other attempts.