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Berwyn Spindle Dismantled Last Night

By Tim State in News on May 3, 2008 1:25PM

R.I.P., Berwyn “Spindle.” Photo by Paul Goyette.

Grassroots activism lost to corporate America last night when the 50-foot Berwyn “Spindle,” an eight-car kobob, was dismantled under the cover of darkness. Cermak Plaza’s pop icon was taken down with a crane to make room for a proposed Walgreens.

The “Spindle” was listed on eBay two weeks ago for $50,000, but no bids were placed, and activists were unable to raise the $300,000 estimated to restore and save the tower.

The Trib reported thoughts from Berwyn Alderman Michele Skyrd:

Skryd likened the dismantling to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's unannounced, infamous midnight raid in 2003 to demolish Meigs Field, the small lakefront airport.


The two top cars have been placed in storage in case money is raised to restore them and create a new “Spindle.”