- Sat 7 Oct - 20:15
After the opening in 1985 it was immediately dubbed the Starship Chicago. The State of Illinois Centre by architect Helmut Jahn was over the top, controversial, exuberant and far too expensive. Even so, it was built and Chicago gradually got used to it. But cost-saving measures during construction are now taking their toll. The paintwork is peeling off, the marble is crumbling, and many people think it’s time for the wrecker’s ball. Will this be the fate of a fascinating building that broke with all traditions?