Last Chance to Dance, Before Chicago Gets a New 102-Story Skyscraper

Are you tied of being cooped up for the last 18 months?  Before we all get locked down again because certain of our chain-smoking co-workers won’t get vaccinated, “because I care about what I put inside my body. Can I borrow a cigarette?”, now is your last chance to cut a rug at the future site of Tribune Tower East.

The space behind Tribune Tower in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Mike.)
The space behind Tribune Tower in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Mike.)

Streeterville Spy Mike sent in these pictures of what is sometimes improbably called 421 North Michigan Avenue.  Right now it’s a construction staging area for the condo conversion of the old Tribune Tower.  But all that flatness sure is tempting if you’re the sort who’s gotta cut loose.  Footloose.  Kick off your Sunday shoes.

The buttoning up of that residential rehab that you can see in the background has led to completely uninformed random speculation that we could see Los Angeles’ CIM Group waving the green flag on some environmental remediation for Tribune Tower East soon.

November 2019 rendering of Tribune Tower East (via CIM Group)
November 2019 rendering of Tribune Tower East (via CIM Group)

For those of you who have been in a coma since participating in a Tide Pods eating challenge after voting for Bernie Sanders, Tribune Tower East is planned to be a 1,422-foot-tall residential and hotel tower in what used to be the Chicago Tribune’s employee parking lot.  

Sure, environmental remediation is the digging before the real digging, but we’d dig seeing any digging here at all.   Dig?

The space behind Tribune Tower in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Mike.)
The space behind Tribune Tower in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Mike.)

Author: Editor

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

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