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Tribune Tower, Chicago

(4.6/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
The Tribune Tower is a neo-Gothic building located at 435 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is the home of the Chicago Tribune, Tribune Media, and Tribune Publishing. WGN Radio (720 kHz) broadcasts from the building, while the ground level houses the large restaurant Howells & Hood (named for the building's architects), whose patio overlooks nearby Pioneer Court and Michigan Avenue. CNN's Chicago bureau is located in the building. It is listed as a Chicago Landmark and is a contributing property to the Michigan–Wacker Historic District. The original Tribune Tower was built in 1868, but was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.Design competitionIn 1922 the Chicago Tribune hosted an international design competition for its new headquarters, and offered $100,000 in prize money with a $50,000 1st prize for "the most beautiful and distinctive office building in the world". The competition worked brilliantly for months as a publicity stunt, and the resulting entries still reveal a unique turning point in American architectural history. More than 260 entries were received.
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  • Tribune Tower was very interesting to look at my granddaughter got a little tired but she got a break because we went in Dylan's Candy store which is right there in the building. What a beautiful buil...  more »
  • It is one of the most beautiful building found along the canal on Michigan Avenue. First of all, the architecture of this building is fantastic. Each floor of the front have different decoration and ornament details. What makes this building yet more interresting is history through the reporters are all over the world: the story goes that each international reporters, had to take a piece of a major building in the country in which they were posted. These pieces were then embedded in the façade of the building. So there are portions of the cited banned Beijing, from the Colosseum in Rome for example. For the french, there are pieces of the Arc de Triomphe or the Mont St Michel. This building is also of night.
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  • One of the most beautiful and distinctive office buildings in the world. The bottom of the exterior of the building incorporates rocks/blocks from all 50 states and other famous world sites such as No...  more »
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  • Beautiful iconic architecture. The history and collection displayed on the outer walls of the building is an awesome collection of pieces from all over the world. The lobby is exquisite and the garden/park areas nearby are gorgeous. Worth a visit if you're in Chicago!
  • An architectural masterpiece. Be sure to check out all the small inlays.
  • Iconic architecture. Beautifully decorated with fresh pine during the holiday season.
  • So cute, it was fun walking around and spotting the different landmark stones from some pretty cool places all around the globe (great pyramid of giza Egypt, Hans Christian Anderson's house, Edinburgh castle). Just such a shame about the restaurant that blocks a massive section of it with it's outdoor patio.
  • I work there I replace all the elevators there I used to build elevators & escalators for a living and it's a very beautiful building it's all Marvel and it's very very nice