Those of you who havenâ€™t seen Transformers: Dark of the Moonmay not know that our fair city was recently the site of a Robot Apocalypse of pretty epic proportions.
In this latest installment of director Michael Bayâ€™s Transformers
saga, the evil Decepticons duke it out with the not-so-evil Autobots,
and Chicago is torn apart in the process.
robots seem to favor the busy boulevards of the Loop and the Near
North, and they can be found stomping around Wacker Drive, Michigan
Avenue, The Financial District, and Streeterville for most of the movie.
They rarely seem to venture further afield than downtown Chicago, where
the Windy Cityâ€™s skyscrapers and elevated subway lines provide
excellent fodder for high-budget destruction.
In the span of a two hour period, the robots manage to wreak havoc on
real estate heavy hitters like the Aon Center and the Amoco Building.
Several coffee shops and corner stores are also burned to the ground in
the climactic battle scene, and many of the cityâ€™s swankiest hotels are
blown to bits.
The Willis Tower was, however, left curiously unharmed, and large
swathes of River North seemed to be unaffected by the wonton
So, how might this imagined Robot Apocalypse have affected the Chicago real estate market?
Experts estimate that, if the Transformers had, indeed, managed to
bring this many buildings to the ground, Chicago would have lost roughly
30% of its real estate market. And the Loop as we know it would have
become nearly unrecognizable.
Fortunately, Michael Bayâ€™s CGI skills and big-budget special effects left the Chicago skyline as beautiful as ever.
For more information about the Chicago real estate marketâ€”the real Chicago real estate marketâ€”check out articles like this one on our CondoDomain blog!