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Trump Tower Residents Are Embarrassed by Building's Association with Trump

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The Trump International Hotel & Tower is home to some of the city's wealthiest residents and is often listed as one of the greatest towers in Chicago, but many of the tower's residents are growing tired of the antics of the person who developed the supertall structure. Donald Trump's presidential campaign has had no problems with getting media coverage, but the developer turned reality TV star turned GOP front runner's tirades against Mexicans, Chinese and now Muslims has earned the billionaire the ire of many throughout the country and around the world. Trump's most recent controversy — a call to bar Muslims from entering the country — has sparked a national discussion about constitutional rights and racism, and some Trump Tower residents are fed up with The Donald's brash rhetoric. Several Trump Tower residents interviewed by Tribune reporter Kim Janssen admit to omitting Trump's name when they are discussing where they live.

One resident told the Tribune that she's concerned about the building being targeted by a terrorist attack and wishes that the flamboyant candidate would just "shut up." Another tells acquaintances that he simply lives "on the river." Some residents just give the buildings address, 401 North Wabash, when people ask where they live.

While Trump has no ownership stake in the tower's residences, his company still owns and operates the building's 5-star hotel. The Adrian Smith-designed tower has earned numerous accolades and its restaurant is among the rare establishments in Chicago with two Michelin stars. However, despite the high praises the tower earns, its developer and namesake can't seem to avoid controversy. Trump Tower residents may be able to play coy when asked where they live, but they can't hide from the glowing, 20-foot tall letters that spell out T-R-U-M-P.

·For Trump Tower residents, association with Trump is 'embarrassing' [Tribune]
·All previous Trump Tower coverage [Curbed Chicago]