In 2007, the city of Chicago broke ground on an ambitious project to build the largest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere: the Chicago Spire. Designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, the Spire was to stand 2,000-feet tall and house 1,193 luxury condominiums on 150 floors. But the plan went awry in 2008 after the recession hit, and all that remains of Chicago's dream tower is a gaping eyesore of a hole in the middle of a construction site, 110 feet across and 76 feet deep.
Now the owner of the property, Related Midwest, has hired workers to block the hole from view with a pile of dirt. In order to prevent the arrival of workers from sparking excitement that the skyscraper project was back on, Related Midwest Vice President Nick Anderson wrote a letter to neighbors that announced a landscaped dirt berm and planted trees would provide "a natural visual screen at their front doors opening to our parcel," according to the . In the letter, Anderson only referred to the hole as the "existing condition."
The dirt barrier will not block views of the hole from nearby high-rise buildings, where residents can peer down into the chasm that was supposed to be the crowning jewel of Chicago. Related Midwest has not announced any long-term plans for the property. They are not filling the hole, which could optimistically be seen as plans to resume the project one day, but for now they are simply sweeping it under the rug.