Why the Disintegration of Chicago's Most Iconic Media Brand Is Such a Big Blow to the Windy City

The end of local ownership of the Tribune means the loss of something more

For 95 years, 435 North Michigan Ave. has cast its imperious, 34-story shadow over the canyons of downtown Chicago. Designed by Raymond Hood and inspired by the Rouen Cathedral, the neo-Gothic skyscraper soars 463 feet into the clouds and wears a crown from the Middle Ages: pinnacles, grotesques, flying buttresses. It is one of those buildings that Chicagoans mention when boasting of the architecture of their city. But in those conversations, 435 North Michigan is rarely the name of the place. For locals—for everyone, actually—the skyscraper goes by its given name: the Tribune Tower.