Donald Trump and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are butting heads over a big sign on the city’s second tallest building, the Trump International Hotel and Tower.
The mayor says it’s tacky and tasteless and it’s a blight on the city’s skyline. Trump insists people will grow to love it, just as they did with the Hollywood sign.
Emanuel says he’s looking into what they city can do to get it taken down.
Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin tells WGN the Trump sign could set a dangerous precedent for other building owners to put massive signs up along Chicago’s river walk — a favorite public works project of Mayor Emanuel that he is now extending all the way from State Street to Lake Street.
Zoning administrators and 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly signed off on the sign. It is within the realm of possibility that Trump could take the city to court — and city lawyers could find themselves in front of a judge, explaining how they approved the sign but now want it removed.
Trump fueled the feud further Thursday when he tweeted “I bought the site, the Sun Times had the biggest, ugliest sign Chicago has ever seen. Mine is magnificent and popular.”
Another tweet stated: “Dopey @chicagotribune critic fails to mention the ugly Sun Times sign.”
Before I bought the site, the Sun Times had the biggest, ugliest sign Chicago has ever seen. Mine is magnificent and popular.—
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2014