It's Chicago's second tallest building, designed by one of the country's most prominent architects and built by one of the world's biggest egos: River North's Trump International Hotel & Tower. The building features some of the priciest units in Chicago and is home to many of the city's rich and famous, including the Bulls' Derrick Rose, the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane and United CEO Jeff Smisek. And while the luxury hotel and condo tower is known for its amazing skyline views, high-end finishes, swanky amenities and its new flashy sign, according to one resident, life at the Trump Tower is not all gravy (or wine and cheese if you prefer). Ajay Goel, founder of the email marketing tool JangoMail and resident at the Trump Tower, recently aired some of his grievances on Medium, warning future tenants of some of the hardships they will have to endure if they decide to take an address at 401 N Wabash Ave.
According to Goel, some of the downsides of living at the Trump Tower involve minor inconveniences, like a dishwasher that won't stop beeping to being shocked by static electricity due to the ultra plush carpeting in the hallways to the fact that the gym is not actually open 24 hours a day. However, he also goes on to paint a portrait that sounds something like living in a fortress, where everything is monitored and security is incredibly tight. "My first night in my unit I ordered a pizza and was surprised when after the doorman called me to inform me of my food's arrival," Goel writes, "a Trump security team member then escorted the pizza delivery man up to my unit." When you've got big names and big money living in the building, it's probably safe to figure that everything will be on lockdown at all times.
And while Goel seemingly sweats some small things, the staff at the tower don't seem to make moving in and out of the building any easier. From excessive fees to having to deal with an operations fiasco with the building's loading dock, Goel hints that it could cost one over $2,000 just in fees alone when moving in. According to Goel, when he checked in about the fees, all that he got in response was, "It's the lease processing fee. So it's to process the lease." There are also fees for moving out, of course.
While it may read like something from White Whine, it sounds like there are certainly some things about living at the Trump Tower that may not be entirely ideal. However, it's still hard to not find these gripes amusing.