After weeks of delays, it finally happened -- on January 3, 2009 the spire was finally assembled at the top of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago. Doing so raises the building's height to 1,326 feet, making it the second-tallest building in the city, and the third-tallest in North America (if, of course, you count spires but not antennae).
The spire isn't quite done yet. With the exception of three sections, it remains unsheathed. And it remains to be seen how it will be lit. Right now there's just a steady red beacon on top. It would be nice if it got the white illumination and a white strobe to match the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center.
The video posted here is a smaller, but better quality version of the video that we posted on YouTube late last week.
The largest and best version on the net is over at the Artefaqs Corporation gallery.
If you like time-lapse city movies, see our other ones on our YouTube page.