Chicago's Spire In Trouble

Major construction on the iconic tower has stopped, as architect Santiago Calatrava seeks $11.3 million from the Irish developer

Santiago Calatrava's planned Chicago Spire has earned its share of nicknames, among them "The Drill Bit" and "The Twizzler." Now it has a new one: "The Lien-ing Tower of Chicago." Crain's Chicago Business coined that phrase after Calatrava in October filed a lien against the Irish developer of the 2,000-foot condominium tower seeking $11.3 million in payment. While major construction on the tower has stopped, the liens keep coming.

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