Wayback Wednesday: The Trump Sump

This Wednesday, we hit rewind on the reel-to-reel of time and find ourselves 15 years in the past, at March 4, 2005.

The Trump International Hotel and Tower under construction in March 2005 (file)
The Trump International Hotel and Tower under construction in March 2005 (file)

In the photograph above, we see construction on what would be the Trump International Hotel and Tower at 401 North Wabash Avenue.

Previously this was the location of the Chicago Sun-Times building; a structure we still don’t miss. This property has been the scene of several interesting developments over the years. At one point during construction, the Chicago River started leaking into the site. In 2014, in a fit of both selective amnesia and mass hysteria, Chicago lost its mind when the giant TRUMP sign was added to the side of the building. And even today, a vast swath of what should be the hottest retail space in Chicago remains populated mostly by spiders and despair.

Location: 401 North Wabash Avenue, Near North Side

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