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
  • The 24th floor was the office of legendry Tribune publisher Colonel Robert R. McCormick. He had a hidden staricase installed that would allow him to escape to a secret hideaway in the event the building was stormed.
  • In the lobby of this building is a giant relief map of the United States made out of shredded money.
  • The main lobby of the Tribune Tower is known as the Hall of Inscriptions. It is lined with famous quotations about the free press.
  • The sculpture of Nathan Hale outside this building's main entrance is identical to another sculpture of Hale at the headquarters of the C.I.A. in Virginia. Hale was the first American spy who was caught by an enemy.
  • 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.