Chicago Architecture Info
Tribune Tower
Also known as
Cathedral of Commerce
435 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Basic Information
Designed by Raymond Hood, and John Mead Howells
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 34
Maximum height 463 feet/139 meters
Neighborhood: Streeterville
More Information
  • 1 February, 1989: Tribune Tower was named an official Chicago Landmark.
  • 11 October, 2004: The McCormick Tribune Foundation announced that Tribune Tower will be the new home of an as-yet-unnamed museum about American freedom with a concentration on the First Amendment.
  • 1 December, 2004: The competition to name the new museum at Tribune Tower ended.
  • 1 April, 2005: Groundbreaking for the Freedom Museum at Tribune Tower.
  • April, 2006: The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum opened in the space formerly occupied by a Hammacher Schlemmer store. Officially, the space is the WGN-TV Building, though the television station is no longer located there. The museum cost $10 million to build.
  • May 17, 2006: Stones from the Sydney Opera House were added to the facade. They were presented by Janette Howard, the wife of Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
  • January 30, 2009: The McCormick Freedom Museum announced it is leaving this building to become a mobile museum.
  • September, 2010: This building was named #21 on Chicago Magazine's list of the Top 40 Buildings in Chicago.