Tribute to Tribune Tower

I remember the first time I saw this magnificent building because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing in downtown Chicago of all places! It reminded me of a castle or a very stately building from another era. This is, “Tribune Tower”.

Built in 1925, this Neo-Gothic style structure originally came about by somewhat of a publicity stunt.  The newspaper, “The Chicago Tribune” was celebrating its 75th anniversary in 1922, and wanted to have a brand new headquarters to commemorate the stellar occasion. With what could perhaps be considered as a genius marketing campaign, an architectural  contest was held to see who could come up with, “the most beautiful and distinctive office building in the world.”

For the time period, a whopping $50,000 prize was offered to the winning architectural group.  That honor was awarded to New York architects John Howells and Raymond Hood.  The building is 464 feet tall, and you will love this:  to pay homage to the winning architectural group, there are carved statues of Robin Hood (for Raymond Hood) and a howling dog (for John Howells) at the entrance of the building.  I don’t think I could have made that up if I tried!


  36 comments for “Tribute to Tribune Tower

  1. September 30, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Very impressing building, Cher 🙂

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    • September 30, 2017 at 9:39 am

      I agree, Irene! It’s such a delightful addition to downtown Chicago! Thank you! Cher xo

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  2. September 30, 2017 at 10:05 am

    A most impressive building, I’ve walked passed it many times when I am visiting Chicago

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    • September 30, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Isn’t it just, William? Oh have you? I think it fits in quite well with the downtown ‘scheme’! Thank you! Cher xo

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  3. September 30, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Whar an imposing building. Very special and beautiful.

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    • September 30, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Oh yes, I think so too my dear! Thank you! Cher xo


  4. September 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    What a great way to celebrate a birthday! It truly looks like some kind of a castle!

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  5. September 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    One of my favorite buildings in the whole world. 🙂

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    • September 30, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Merci monseiur!! 💖 Cher xo


  6. September 30, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    The Tribune is moving out of there, from what I’ve read, and they plan on selling the building. Who knows, in a couple of years it could be Guaranteed Rate Tower or something…
    Not that I’m rooting for something like that to happen. I don’t live in Chicago anymore, but the Sears Tower will always be that to me, and Marshall Field’s will always sit on State Street between Randolph and Washington, the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower will always be across the street from each other.

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    • September 30, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      I hadn’t heard about that, John. Yes I do know about the “names” of some buildings, despite the fact the names have changed. It certainly seems to be a very Chicago thing to do and I really get it! LOL Why even this Canadian refers to the Willis as Sears Tower! Cher xo


  7. September 30, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    We lived in Chicago and area until retiring to Door County, WI. Chicago holds many memories for us. Thanks for reminding us of the beautiful Tribune Tower!

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    • September 30, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Oh did you? Ah, well that is lovely to hear! I do post a lot of photos in and around the Chicago area. Please let me know if there is a building you’d like to see! Cher xo


  8. September 30, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    The Tribune Tower is so striking!! And when I visited they had a banner with the Hawks playing the Jets, and my Winnipeg life was MADE! Such a cool point in the skyline 😍

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    • October 1, 2017 at 10:52 am

      Ah, that is soooo cool! I sure bet that was an amazing experience!!! Thank you!! Cher xo


  9. September 30, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    As always, the clarity is magnicant! xo

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    • October 1, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Ah, bless! Why thank you, kind sir! Cher xo


  10. October 1, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Wow! I like this beautiful building and so glad it is still standing, Cher. I like the idea of the unique carvings, too. 🙂

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    • October 1, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Me too, Robin! In fact, another interesting tidbit about this building: there are pieces of ‘stone’ from well-known structures all over the world that are implanted into Tribune Tower. I believe they are marked (as they are at ‘street-view’ on the front of the building). I know that there is a piece from the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, just to name a couple! Must get some photos to post! Thank you, Robin! Cher xo

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      • October 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm

        Oh, my! This really is an amazing and memorable building, Cher! I had not heard of any other buildings doing this, especially so long ago. Just imagine the time it took to send these bits of stone via packages. It makes you wonder, did they mail by plane or by ship? This is a fascinating tidbit! Wow! You’re welcome. xo 💐

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      • October 1, 2017 at 2:10 pm

        Yes, there are small sections of stones from some incredible places around the world. I think the stones were sent ‘back’ to Chicago from Chicago Tribune (newspaper) correspondents around the turn of the century. When the tower was built, they incorporated these stones into the building. You are right, Robin; it’s fascinating! Cher xo


  11. October 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    This is awesome Cher. Somehow I lost my way here…Glad I have found you again.

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    • October 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Well my dear, it is wonderful to see you again! I am so glad you are back! Thank you and a huge ‘welcome’!! Cher xo

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      • October 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

        xo…thank you , your blog never disappoints, it is amazing.

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      • October 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm

        Ah, bless! Thank you so much! That means a lot to me! Cher xo

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  12. October 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    What a beautiful building!

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