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The Tower of Babel, Chicago-Style

It may only be 34 stories - not a tall building, by modern standards - but the Tribune Tower exudes power. Commissioned by newspaper publisher Col. Robert R. McCormick, the design is inspired by the Button Tower at the Rouen Cathedral in France. Featuring flying buttresses and spires, the building was completed in 1925 and embodies the concept of the office building as a quasi-sacred space.

The imagery doesn't end there. The building incorporates 120 stones from historic buildings from around the world, including the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Greek Parthenon, Egyptian pyramids and even the Alamo. Visit the lobby to see a relief map of the United States made from shredded money (not over the top at all, there, Colonel...) and inscriptions on the freedom of the press. The studios of WGN Radio are housed on the first floor; visitors can watch broadcasting in progress through viewing windows.

Utrip Tips

*This is also where WGN Radio broadcasts from.

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