Awkward Crane Yoga Behind Trib Tower

The transformation of the treasured, historic, landmark Tribune Tower from the offices of a once-mighty media empire into 163 luxury condominiums continues in Streeterville.

Construction crane behind Tribune Tower (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)
Some of the world’s most influential writers once parked here. Or at least their bosses did. (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

The most visible sign of this recently showed up in the parking lot ’round back. That’s where Joe Zekas of YoChicago! took the photograph above showing a big honkin’ crane being assembled in full downward-facing-dog position.

Don’t get too excited, though. This isn’t for the proposed 1,400-foot-tall oh-my-God-scraper that CIM Group and Golub & Company unveiled three days short of exactly one year ago. This crane is for the demolishing the elevators inside the current Tribune building.

An awkward reach requires an awkward crane, and this one is a beaut. Let’s take another moment to admire its form…

Drink it in…

As lovers of Chicago history, the transformation of Tribune Tower into something less than it once was is saddening. But as former Tribune Company employees, we’re not surprised at all that the once brilliant star collapsed into a smoldering red dwarf of ink stains and angst. Don’t blame the newspaper-ignoring millennials for this one. This plane was flying straight into a mountain long before the first avocado met toast.

Location: 201 East Illinois Street, Streeterville

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at

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