The Chicago Spire is like the big mole on Aunt Margie’s chin with the hair growing out of it: Everyone knows all about it, but nobody will talk about it for fear of embarrassment.
While the plan to put up a 150-story, 2,000-foot-tall spire on Chicago’s lakefront failed and is only spoken of in hushed tones, a more modest spire has managed to silently climb into the River North Skyline.
It’s the spire at the new chapel for the Church of Latter Day Saints in at 822 North Clark Street in downtown Chicago, seen in the photograph above from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!. The building, designed by David Dixon of Dixon+Associates in Salt Lake City, and will have three levels of office and meeting space above four levels of parking. It will accommodate several local LDS congregations on Sundays, plus provide meeting and activity space during the week.
On the outside, the building could pass for a library or another stately institution. But the spire on the south end is the giveaway, especially if you’re familiar with the look of the majority of LDS buildings erected in the last couple of decades. The rest of the structure has been “Chicagofied” compared with the usual LDS outposts, according to one observer who notes that its verticality and brick facade fit in well with the neighborhood’s existing aesthetic.