Under the cloak of darkness, Berwyn's most famous pop icon was dismantled late Friday, skewering any hopes of saving the "Spindle."

Activists had been fighting to preserve the towering stack of eight cars, impaled on a silver spike, in Cermak Plaza, near Cermak Road and Harlem Avenue, where a Walgreens is to be built.

A last-ditch effort had placed the structure for sale on eBay two weeks ago for $50,000. But the rusty tower, featured in the 1992 movie "Wayne's World," garnered no bids.

"I regret that we didn't have some kind of warning," said Berwyn Ald. Michele Skryd (4th), who acknowledged the structure was on private property. "It just seems really a shame it was handled in this manner."

The "Spindle" has been a contentious issue within Berwyn, with some people passionately defending it and others despising it.

Skryd likened the dismantling to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's unannounced, infamous midnight raid in 2003 to demolish Meigs Field, the small lakefront airport.


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