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Trump Says He'll Visit Chicago to See Tower Sign

Billionaire real estate mogul has deflected criticism from mayor and Chicagoans who say sign on Trump International Hotel & Tower is in poor taste

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The Donald goes on the offensive about the sign on his downtown building, while the architecture critic who's blamed for starting the flap defends himself. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Friday, Jun 13, 2014)

    Is he coming to see what all the fuss is about?

    After defending the 20-foot-tall letters that spell his name on Chicago's second-tallest building, billionaire Donald Trump said he'll visit Chicago in two weeks to see it for himself.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week called the sign "architecturally tasteless" and asked his staff to look for a way to undo the sign.

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    Chicago's skyline is about to change again. The signature sign on the Trump International Hotel & Tower is one letter away from completion, but not everyone sees the sign as a positive addition. NBC 5's Rob Elgas reports. (Published Friday, Jun 6, 2014)

    The real estate mogul said the building's ornament is "high-level" and that his staff has been inundated with calls, letters and social media posts in support. Trump has also said he'll fight any effort to remove the sign.

    "This is fully approved. Everybody knew about it. His administration knew about it. The previous administration approved it, and this has been approved for a long period of time," Trump told NBC NEWS' Matt Lauer last week on the "Today" program.

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    The five letters on the 92-story Trump International Hotel & Tower, at 401 N. Wabash Ave., began going up in May, five years after the building opened.