Trib Condos Creep Closer to Completion
May16

Trib Condos Creep Closer to Completion

The effort to transform the Tribune Tower into a passel of fancy-schmancy condominiums continues on the edge of Streeterville. And form outward appearances, things seem to be drawing to a close. One thing you learn from observing urban construction for 40 years is that a project’s completion status can often be divined by perceiving how tidy the construction site is. The Trib Tower’s construction site has gotten notably...

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Trib Tower Condo Progress Fuels Speculation
Mar08

Trib Tower Condo Progress Fuels Speculation

It’s been 18 months since we last showed you the back side of Tribune Tower.  Back then, the venerable skyscraper was being gutted by skid steers, and a tailings pile of bricks and sorrow was growing in the parking lot facing North Cityfront Plaza. Tribune Tower under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Jody.) Today, we see a very different scene, according to these photos that Streeterville Spy Jody...

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Trib Tower Rock Tally Down to 149, As One Piece Moves to the Suburbs
Feb21

Trib Tower Rock Tally Down to 149, As One Piece Moves to the Suburbs

Eight years ago, we received an e-mail from a teacher asking for a list of all of the stones embedded in the facade of the Tribune Tower.  Neither she, nor we, were able to find a full list on the internet, so we spent half a day wandering around what was then the home of the Chicago Tribune, jotting down the rocks. The resulting article, listing all 149 rocks, is now our fifth-most-read article, with over 13 million views. Tribune...

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Chicago’s New Second-Tallest Building Gets Plan Commission Approval
May11

Chicago’s New Second-Tallest Building Gets Plan Commission Approval

The biggest thing to hit Michigan Avenue since Cap Streeter’s 35-ton steamboat has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission. Tribune Tower East is now passed the hardest parts of its approval process, and will soon be legally permitted to climb 1,442-feet into the Chicago skyline. November 2019 rendering of Tribune Tower East (via CIM Group) In spite of numerous tweaks over the last year, up top the CIM Group and Golub...

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Virus Not Slowing Down 113-Story Michigan Avenue Tower
Apr20

Virus Not Slowing Down 113-Story Michigan Avenue Tower

If you’ve had ants in your pants for the last few days, it may not be a build-up of nervous anxiety from being locked in your home by the COVID-19 outbreak.  It might be your spidey sense telling you that something big is afoot at 421 North Michigan Avenue. That’s where CIM Group is trying to put up a 113-story skyscraper in what used to be the Chicago Tribune’s parking lot.  The plan for the 1,442-foot-tall...

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Plan For 113-Story Magnificent Mile Skyscraper Hits City Hall
Jan16

Plan For 113-Story Magnificent Mile Skyscraper Hits City Hall

A new 1,400-foot-tall skyscraper slated for the Magnificent Mile has taken a big step forward on the shiny glass road from fantasy to fantastic. Plans for Tribune Tower East have officially been filled with the city.  January 2020 diagram of Tribune Tower East November 2019 rendering of Tribune Tower East (via CIM Group) The building will have 113 floors of hotel rooms, apartments, and condos; and climb 1,442 feet into the sky.  This...

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113-Story Michigan Avenue Tower Refined, Not Chopped
Nov19

113-Story Michigan Avenue Tower Refined, Not Chopped

If you were worried that the new super tall skyscraper planned for Chicago’s Magnificent Mile was going to be shortened — or worse, cancelled — you can unclench your buttcheeks; everything is fine. At a public meeting tonight, Los Angeles developer CIM Group and Streeterville’s Golub showed an anxious crowd a revised vision for Tribune Tower East, which they want to put up in what used to be a parking lot behind the...

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1,400-Foot-Tall Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Plan “Significantly Revised”
Nov11

1,400-Foot-Tall Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Plan “Significantly Revised”

The immense new residential skyscraper planned for the former parking lot behind the building that used to house the Chicago Tribune has been updated. The plan for Tribune Tower East has been “significantly revised” according to 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s recent e-mail to his constituents.  Now he’s scheduled a public meeting to go over what changes have been made. April 2018 rendering of the proposed...

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Restoration of the Village Theater Facade in Old Town Looks Pretty Spiffy
Sep17

Restoration of the Village Theater Facade in Old Town Looks Pretty Spiffy

It’s been a very long time since Old Town’s Village Theater stopped entertaining people and became a hulking presence lurking a Starbucks’ throw from the lovely and historic Germania Club next door.  Now we’re getting a look at the results of a project to restore that facade to its former splendor. September 2019 construction of Fifteen Fifty on the Park (provided) In the photograph above you can see that...

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A Close Look at the Demolition of the Tribune Tower
Sep04

A Close Look at the Demolition of the Tribune Tower

We really don’t know how to feel about this. Streeterville Spy Joel sent in the photographs on this page showing the demolition happening at the once and future Tribune Tower. September 2019 Tribune Tower renovation (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel.) You can see all kinds of work being done.  Walls are being torn down, balconies are being put up, and there’s a tailings pile from some presumably tracked machine...

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