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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Awkward Crane Yoga Behind Trib Tower
Apr12

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. 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!...

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A Look at the Plans for the Tribune Tower Redevelopment
Apr23

A Look at the Plans for the Tribune Tower Redevelopment

In a matter of weeks, the Tribune Tower will become just another chapter in the  Chicago Tribune’s proud 171 year history, as parent company Tronc uproots Chicagoland’s paper of record from its home of nearly a century. With the Trib decamps for Prudential Plaza across the river, Los Angelino developer CIM Group can begin work turning the beloved landmark into 163 swishy condominiums for Chicagoans with thicker wallets...

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Gasp-Worthy Proposal Unveiled for Chicago’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper
Apr16

Gasp-Worthy Proposal Unveiled for Chicago’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper

As the kids say these days: “Oh. My. God.” That was the reaction — positive and negative — to the proposed new skyscraper unveiled tonight at a public meeting at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Development duo CIM Group and Golub & Co. pulled the sheet off of a stunning new skyscraper proposal that, at 1,422 feet, would be the second-tallest building in Chicago.  It’s planned for the surface parking lot behind the...

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We’ll Soon See Michigan Avenue’s Huge New Skyscraper
Apr09

We’ll Soon See Michigan Avenue’s Huge New Skyscraper

Remember a few months ago when Alderman Reilly knocked over a pot of beans about the new skyscraper coming to Michigan Avenue?  Back then, all we knew was that the planned building could be as much as 1,388 feet tall, making it the third-tallest in Chicago.  And at the time, we put together a graphic illustrating what a skyscraper that tall might look like rising out of the Tribune Tower’s parking lot: We also predicted that the...

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Tribune’s Love-Hate Relationship With Itself Lands Trib Tower In Court
Apr09

Tribune’s Love-Hate Relationship With Itself Lands Trib Tower In Court

One of the truisms of life is that wherever there is a real estate developer, there’s a lawyer.  Lawyers and real estate go together like Han Solo and Chewbacca.  Like peanut butter and kids with peanut allergies.  Like politicians and sacks of money with dollar signs written on them. If you thought the sale of Tribune Tower (435 North Michigan Avenue) to CIM Group was going to go through without drama, then you don’t know...

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Massive New Michigan Ave Tower Uncovered and What It Might Look Like
Jan25

Massive New Michigan Ave Tower Uncovered and What It Might Look Like

We’ve known for a long time that CIM Group has big plans for the surface parking lot behind the Tribune Tower. But we didn’t know they were this big. The Los Angeles developer which bought the Trib building in 2016 with plans to convert the gothic skyscraper into residences so exclusive the internet hasn’t come up with a word for it yet, wants to put up Chicago’s third-tallest building, right at the foot of the...

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With Trib Tower Tucked, Focus Fixes on Freedom’s Future
Oct03

With Trib Tower Tucked, Focus Fixes on Freedom’s Future

It’s not exactly a secret that the people at the helm of the smoldering remains of the Tribune empire are interested in a more structured future for the company’s Freedom Center out at 777 West Chicago Avenue. Just last year we published a rendering of the property completely redeveloped with shops, apartment blocks and office towers. But now that the Tribune Tower has been officially offloaded onto CIM Group, it’s...

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While Trib Tower Redevelopers Salivate, Alderman Urges Caution
Sep06

While Trib Tower Redevelopers Salivate, Alderman Urges Caution

In any city as old and complex as Chicago, there are bound to be quirks of history that affect modern day development. The protected cattle path through the heart of the Loop is one example we’ve told you about over the years. Another is the view corridor in Streeterville. We last reviewed this municipal oddity in June of 2015 when we were explaining to you why the new skyscraper coming to 465 North Park Drive is situated where...

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Tribune Tower Sold to L.A.’s CIM Group
Aug30

Tribune Tower Sold to L.A.’s CIM Group

For half a decade, locals and industry insiders have been watching the formerly mighty Tribune media empire crack, collapse, and dissolve away like the Antarctic ice shelf.  Today a massive glacier calved off the Tribune Tower in downtown Chicago, floating it over to CIM Group for $240 million in cash money. So, what becomes of the Tribune Tower?  Lots.  CIM isn’t one of those companies that buys a property if it doesn’t...

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