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.
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…
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.