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Tribune Tower, Chicago

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
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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  • Beautiful tower, building and architectural landmark in downtown Chicago. A must see when in Chicago.  more »
  • Didn't go inside, but the outside and surrounding area is quite nice. Part of the Mag Mile and Downtown. Great access to the area to get great candid shots.  more »
  • the building has history of its own - and has added history from around the world to it - brilliant! There is a bar in the way of some of the bricks, but I just walked straight through (!), even on a ...  more »
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  • Lovely architecture and stunning views from the tower. Home of the Chicago Tribune, recently purchased by developers who will convert it into apartments, hotel and offices. This iconic neogotihic building is part of Chicago's history. I highly recommend you visit this building.
  • This building is very historic. Sadly, you can only walk into the lobby without a reason. However, you can learn a lot about the building just from the outside. This is one of the most historic architecture buildings in the city, yet most people walk right past it each day not even thinking about it.
  • AMAZING 150 fragments from around the world of architecturely significant structures from around the 🌎
  • 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!
  • Beautiful, historic building right on Michigan Avenue on the Magnificent Mile. Check out the 150 historic rocks set into the walls. See the WGN Radio 720 studio in the first floor windows.