A big chill is about to hit the city of big shoulders.
In the wake of the global credit crisis, Chicago's once-superheated skyline--radically transformed during the last 10 years by one of the greatest building booms in the city's history--is on the verge of being frozen in place.
With future projects on hold, the construction cranes that symbolize the city's vitality gradually will disappear. There will be less outlandish architecture for the city's boosters to crow about. Chicago, which prides itself on skyscrapers that combine the soaring artistry of the architect and the cunning ambition of the developer, will lose some of its swagger.