Tribune Tower—One of Chicago’s Most Recognizable Buildings—Offers Luxury Living With a Side of History

The architecture is timeless, and the amenities top-notch

All photos courtesy of Tribune Tower Residences.

All photos courtesy of Tribune Tower Residences.

In the heart of Chicago, buyers now have the chance to live in a brand-new home while owning a slice of the city’s history at Tribune Tower Residences.

The neo-Gothic-style tower, one of the most recognizable buildings in the world and the former headquarters of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, is being expertly redesigned with 162 luxury homes and more than 55,000 square feet of amenities.

Located on Michigan Avenue, the project melds clean, modern design with the classic elements of the tower, plus views of the Magnificent Mile, Ogden Slip, the Chicago River and the beautiful city skyline.

“The timelessness of the architecture draws you back to the great architecture of Europe,” said Jeanne Martini, director of sales for Tribune Tower Residences. “But the modern setting is very intriguing to people.”

The unique nature of the building allowed for 56 different floor plans, which range from one- to four-bedroom residences. Prices start in the low $900,000's up to $7 million-plus. Move-ins are expected to begin in early 2021.

The Tribune Tower, once called the “most beautiful office building in the world,” was originally designed by New York architects John Mead Howells and Raymond M. Hood. It was completed in 1925 and was already an icon when it opened later that year.

Now, Michigan Avenue and the area around it are bustling with high-end shops and numerous culinary options. Another 47,500 square feet of retail space is being developed in conjunction with Tribune Tower Residences, which will include a makeover of Pioneer Court, a plaza along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile.

In addition to having access to myriad amenities in the buildings, owners at Tribune Tower Residences will be in the center of the vibrant neighborhood.

Golub & Co., a development and property management company headquartered just one block from the tower on Michigan Avenue, partnered with CIM Group, a Los Angeles-based real estate company, for the project. Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) is the architect of record, while the Chicago-based Gettys Group is behind the interior design, and the landscape was the work of Olin, based in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Modern Living

Homes at Tribune Tower Residences are spacious. A one-bedroom unit with a library measures from 1,106 to 3,155 square feet, and a four-bedroom, also with a library/family room, comes in at about 4,340 square feet. Ceilings are typically 10 feet in the main living areas, but some have ceilings that soar to nearly twice that height, according to Steve Hubbard, associate principal and senior designer in the Chicago offices of SCB.

Many units also have outdoor space, a crucial element as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to keep people close to home.

“People have changed their considerations a bit based on Covid,” according to Ms. Martini. “They want a place that’s a little bit bigger, where they could have a home office space. We have great floor plans, plenty of them with libraries, and many with private outdoor spaces.”

Indeed, 45 units have balconies and 19 have terraces, she said. The building has a host of common outdoor amenities, as well.

“The amenity space could be a really nice extension of their home,” Ms. Martini explained. Owners “can enjoy just staying closer to home...while enjoying the conveniences of the building’s 55,000 square feet of amenities.”

The jewel is the Crown Terrace on the 25th floor. People can lounge outside surrounded by the tower’s six-story flying buttresses and far-reaching views of the city skyline and water.

“The grandeur that you feel under the six-story flying buttresses when on the Crown Terrace is tremendous,” Ms. Martini noted. “It will be wonderful outdoor space with grilling, an herb garden and a fire pit, and inside the Crown Terrace lounge will have a chef’s kitchen.”

There’s also an outdoor courtyard in the middle of the tower, which is accessible from the third floor and acts as a private park for residents, Mr. Hubbard said. And there’s outdoor space on the seventh floor, which boasts outdoor grilling, a terrace and a sun deck.

The indoor pool, with views of the classic Chicago Tribune sign, is also on the seventh floor and allows for swimming all year round. Meanwhile, the fitness center, a luxury spa and an indoor golf simulator are on the second floor.

Amenities on the third floor include lounges, meeting rooms, event spaces with a bar and catering kitchen and entertainment areas with access to the outdoor private park. There are four floors of amenities in total.

Reimagining an Icon

Although the Tribune Tower is known to locals and architecture enthusiasts around the world, it’s really a series of four buildings that once made up the Tribune media empire, according to Mr. Hubbard.

“It’s really more of a Tribune complex,” he said. In addition to the Gothic Revival-style tower, there are buildings that used to house the printing press of the Chicago Tribune and the television and radio studios.

All four buildings are part of the reimagined project. Residences as well as the amenity spaces will be in all but the ground level, which is slated for retail.

“We were able to retain the character of all these subsequent additions and knit it all back together,” Mr. Hubbard continued. “The Tribune Tower really goes beyond just the tower itself. It’s really the tower and its connection to all these buildings that developed over time.”

For example, the architectural firm added four floors of residences onto the TV building, he said. “We worked to make sure that the architectural language of that addition was sympathetic to the overall appearance, but still carried a cleaner and more contemporary expression,” he said.

SCB collaborated with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development on the reuse, Mr. Hubbard explained.

And even though the famous Chicago Tribune sign was an addition in the 1960s, everyone working on the project knew it had to be part of the redesign.

“It was such an important landmark that, as we redesigned the top of the plant building to accommodate the amenities, we worked [the sign] back in,” Mr. Hubbard noted.

The team is also preserving and refurbishing the landmarked lobby in the tower on Michigan Avenue, as well as creating a new lobby on Illinois Street. A private entry and motor court will be off Lower North Water, and there are 250 parking places available for residents.

Another historic element that will remain is the “Stones of the World” collection, which is made up of 150 artifacts that are embedded in the facade, from a fragment of the Great Wall of China to a shard of metal from the World Trade Center.

Neighborhood Attractions

Beyond Tribune Tower Residences is a bustling neighborhood where shopping, entertainment and culture abounds.

“In a four-block radius, you can dine every night at different restaurants,” according to Ms. Martini. “And then there are specialty grocers, local and national shops, movie theaters and entertainment. It’s all right here.”

That also includes the theater district, which is about a 12-minute walk, Millennium Park—the nearly 25-acre green space that is home to the reflective, bean-shaped sculpture Cloud Gate by artist Anish Kapoor—and art museums. Another special feature of the area is the Riverwalk, a 1.25-mile walk that stretches from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street, Ms. Martini noted.

“The Riverwalk is extraordinary,” she said. “It’s become a place where you can walk along the river and frequent fun spots such as a brewhouse, wine garden, gelato stand, cafes and restaurants with outdoor dining. It is an extremely popular destination and a phenomenal area of the city right now.”

For more information, contact Tribune Tower Residences sales gallery at (312) 967-3700 or visit tribunetower.com.

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