Chicago Self-Supporter Would Be 1,500 Feet

Developer says it would be the world's tallest of its kind
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The Northwest Herald carried a story this week on a proposed 1,500-foot tower in a Chicago suburb in northeastern Illinois. The developer says this would be the world's tallest self-supporting tower.

The 1,500-foot height gives me pause; I've not personally worked around towers of that scope. By comparison, San Francisco's famous Sutro Tower, one of the most recognizable self-supporters, stands 977 feet.

The newspaper reported BMB Communications Management wants to build the broadcast tower on 3.6 acres in the southeast corner of McHenry County College's main campus and that the tower could house "five broadcast slots."

"If built, it would be the tallest tower of its kind in the world," the paper quoted John Maguire, co-owner of BMB Communications Management, as saying.

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