Wind Strikes The Donald Again But Don't Worry, His Hair Is Ok
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Donald Trump's worst enemy--the wind--has struck again, but this time it had nothing to do with his hair. A helicopter was supposed to install the spire (antenna) on the top of the 92-story Trump International Hotel and Tower over the weekend, but because of 50 miles per hour wind gusts on Saturday and 40 miles per hour gusts on Sunday, the topping off had to be called off.
For now, there's no definite reschedule date because the installation requires the coordination of the Coast Guard, FAA and also calls for all the streets around the building to be completely closed. In addition, the topping off requires a specialized helicopter and skilled pilot who is apparently in great demand. Trump may try it again this weekend, but otherwise it will have to wait until 2009.
Once installed, the spire will rise over 240 feet from the top of the building and make the tower the tallest in America since the Sears Tower was built in 1974.
Between the economic downturn, problems with banks, and construction delays the Trump Chicago seems like it has been one of The Donald's most difficult projects yet, although, we're sure he would say the exact opposite.
At least the hotel is open to guests. Rates this weekend are starting at $345 a night. If you end up staying there this weekend, maybe you'll catch the final piece of the tower being installed.
[Photo: John H. White/Sun-Times]