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Slowly, the eerie clouds wrap around Santiago Calatrava's twisting phantom tower. The clock strikes twelve. The shrieking birds scatter. The dream dies. The vision melts into air, into thin air.
reported Friday that developer Garrett Kelleher has finally conceded that he won't be able to raise the cash to bring the doomed Chicago Spire project out of bankruptcy. If he doesn't pony up the $22 million by end of day, the site - intended to be a 2,000-foot-high skyscraper but never getting beyond being anything more than a massive hole in the ground - will become the property of Related Midwest, which recently opened another rescued project, the 59-story 111 West Wacker.
This is the end, beautiful friend
This is the end, my only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes, again
Relive the Whole Amazing Story . . .
The Epic Fable of Santiago Calatrava's Chicago Spire