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Base of the Tribune Tower
The base of the Tribune Tower contains fragments and bricks from over 130 historically significant landmarks all over the world, including:
Taj Mahal (India)
Bunker Hill (Boston)
Great Wall of China
There is also a moon rock located here. The picture is of a fragment from the Great Pyramid in Egypt. It is interesting to spend some time walking around the building to see what famous parts of the world are included here.
The Tribune Tower, headquarters for the Tribune Company, was finished in 1925. It is modeled after the Cathedral of Rouen, France. The design was actually part of a worldwide competition for the most beautiful office building in the world.
The building stands 463 feet, and includes flying buttresses and spires. The entrance is of Gothic style and is very elaborate. The base of the building contains fragments of important buildings and sites from all over the world. WGN Radio also has a studio here on the 1st floor, with a window to watch live broadcasts.
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The Tribune Tower
Across Michigan Ave from the equally renowned Wrigley Building. The "gothic design" building was completed in 1925. We are hoping that the planned "Trump Tower" to replace the Sun-Times building will not destroy this part of our skyline.
The master of oral history and a living, walking, breathing, talking institution! Studs has interviewed just about everybody, the famous and ordinary alike. A stalwart on the Chicago media scene since the '50s, the 90 year old shows no sign of slowing down. I was fortunate to meet him this year, what a thrill!!!
All his books are great and his most recent, 2001's Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith, is unbelievably powerful. Reading Studs Terkel will increase your knowledge and understanding of USA and its people immensely.
Just walking around looking at the buildings is enough to satisfy me!! There is some great Architecture in Chicago!!
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