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LV / November 2, 2009 12:32 AM

Trump's sun-blocking monstrosity.

R / November 2, 2009 1:28 AM

Where does Richard M. Daley live?

Lisa Katzenberger / November 2, 2009 8:50 AM

Not that I'd like to see anything blow up, but can't you just picture the shiny curvy pieces of The Bean blasting into the air in some sort of glorious arc?

Tracie / November 2, 2009 9:00 AM

I submitted the question because I just saw a preview for "2012", and I saw "Independence Day on cable the other day, and it made me think: how come Chicago never gets destroyed in a movie? It's always New York, LA, or DC. How many times can you watch the head of the Statue of Liberty sitting in the middle of the street? I mean, surely an asteroid could hit Lake Michigan? I for one, would love to see that Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier get washed away. I'd also love the special effects it would take to bring down the Willis Tower.

Eric / November 2, 2009 9:26 AM

I think it should include the spaceship currently sitting inside Soldier Field lifting off, then plowing through the Loop.

Cheryl / November 2, 2009 9:54 AM

There is some made for tv movie from a few years ago in which a hurricane and a blizzard converge on Chicago. It was cheesy fun, but I don't remember the name of it. There's also the classic B movie "The Beginning of the End."

Cheryl / November 2, 2009 9:57 AM

Here it is: "Catagory 6-Day of Destruction".

Godzilla / November 2, 2009 10:28 AM

I'd like to use the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier as a frisbee.

mary / November 2, 2009 10:46 AM

i second soldier field becoming a spaceship.

otherwise, the bean or the spitting faces @ millenium park.

Guy Smiley / November 2, 2009 12:12 PM

Cheryl...good call. I remember seeing "The Beginning of the End" and actually being kind of excited that Chicago was being attacked by giant grasshoppers

Here's a link to the trailer on YouTube. You can see quick glimpses of the Museum of Science and Industry and the Wrigley Building.

Beginning of The End

Guy Smiley / November 2, 2009 12:15 PM

Oh, and Daley finally bursting out of his human flesh, exposing the alien reptilian beast within and completing the job he's been doing of destroying the city would be apropos.

JV / November 2, 2009 4:56 PM

I don't know about on screen, but I'd like to see everything on Navy Pier be wiped out in some unceremonious fashion, for real.

PMan / November 2, 2009 11:59 PM

I've always thought that the John Hancock projects quite a bit of strength and could give a marauding mega monster a good deal of resistance. I'd love to see the monster attacking the John Hancock with the uprooted Trump tower, unsuccessfully, ala the kitchen cabinet scene in American Movie.

Shattering the old McCormick Place into a million glittering pieces slowly falling into the lake would look pretty cool.

JV, I'm no big fan of Navy Pier, but it is incredibly successful at sucking cash from out of towners. What would we do without it?

John / November 3, 2009 12:02 AM

That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and.....

but let's go with the earthquake uprooting the Museum of Science & Industry, carrying the U505 out into the lake. The intense scieche causes all sorts of things to go haywire in the sub, with old torpedoes suddenly being fired, destroying Soldier Field. The lake water and the El cause intense electrical shortings, explosions with L trains flying off at Addison into Wrigley Field, where all but the ivy hallowed walls are destroyed. In the end the massive implosion of the lake into the city causes the U505 to topple the Sears, and the final shot shows the new Sweetness statue bobbing alone in the massive new midwesst ocean.

Dennis Fritz / November 3, 2009 1:28 PM

Two things: the Thompson Center and the Willis (aka "Sears") Tower. In a city full of beautiful architecture, these two famous landmarks stand out as eye-sores.

Mothra / November 3, 2009 6:26 PM

If the ferris wheel is gone from Navy Pier, how will the fairies and I arrive?

Spook / November 3, 2009 6:39 PM

hummmm let me think about that, but in the meantime can I have tickets to R and Guy Smiley's movie? Maybe it's a double feature!

$ / November 3, 2009 6:54 PM


Steven / November 4, 2009 3:51 AM

Chicago IS a disaster, but not like in the movies. It's a disaster like a slow motion train wreck but it doesn't destroy monuments, it destroys lives and eats souls. It moves slowly, a tax increase here, a fee there, a student murdered, a bus route eliminated, it creeps up on you until you're either a fat, alcoholic loser stuck with a job you can't stand and an underwater mortgage or you scream "fuck this shit", pack a carry-on and move to Santa Fe, NM with nothing but a new attitude.

Guy Smiley / November 4, 2009 10:20 AM

So Steven, you're suggesting a Blob-like movie? Or going back to the old slow-zombie type of attack?

Mike Krumlauf / November 14, 2009 5:10 PM

I'd love to see Chicago get attacked by zombies. Can you just see thousands of zombies walking down wacker drive by the river?! EPIC!

Jake Andrews / May 18, 2013 11:14 PM

The John Hancock Center, I can imagine the X beams crashing downwards as the spires fall...

Or maybe Wrigley Field with the ivy on fire, which burns the scoreboard...

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