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October 26, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Tribune Tower – More Rocks from History

Moon Rock Window, sans Moon Rock

Moon Rock Window, sans Moon Rock

This is the second in a series of posts on the Tribune Tower on the Miraculous Mile in downtown Chicago. The moon rock is supposed to be in this front window facing Michigan Avenue. It is always here, wired to an elaborate security system. But the Friday I happened to be in Chicago, the moon window was filled with promo stuff about the Tribune newspaper “new look.” Unhappily for me, the moon rock was safely ensconsed in the building’s vault, and was not available for public viewing. Agghhh!

But it does give you an example of how the numerous historical stones are placed in the exterior of the building. Some 140 rocks, bricks, and even pieces of coral and metal, are embedded in this architectural wonder.

Coral from Fortress at Cartegena Colombia

Coral from Fortress at Cartegena Colombia

This piece of coral is from the walled city of Cartegena, Colombia – one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere. It was founded in 1533. Its walls, built in the 17th Century, are 50-60 feet thick and 40 feet high.

Twisted Metal from World Trade Center

Twisted Metal from World Trade Center

Part of a steel beam from the Twin Tower site, this was added to the building as a permamnent tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001 tragedy and their families.


  1. Debi / Oct 26 2008 8:42 am

    If I ever make it back to Chicago this building is first on my list of things to see. Although I’ve visited there and remember this building, I’m seeing it differently through your eyes, your lens, your thoughts and know now just how much I missed the first time. Thanks mucho.

  2. Marcie / Oct 27 2008 6:22 am

    Looks like such an interesting collection of rocks and other pieces of history. Love the textures and detail. Am enjoying seeing it thru your eyes.

  3. Laurie / Oct 27 2008 7:30 am

    That really is a fascinating building. Interesting artifacts.

  4. Gandalf / Oct 27 2008 8:02 am

    The Tribune Tower is indeed an interesting subject. I love to stop by & take a look each time I’m in Chicago. In addition, there is a great place for a burger across the street and on lower level Michigan Ave – The Billy Goat. Bo next time you go, give the Billy Goat a try.

  5. Robin / Oct 27 2008 1:45 pm

    It’s sad (to me) that I lived in the Chicago area for 4 years and never knew this about the Tribune Tower. I’d like to go back and have a look some day.

    Thanks for this. I’m enjoying it. 🙂

  6. rosemary / Oct 27 2008 5:54 pm

    your photos are wonderful

  7. Amelia / Oct 31 2008 3:10 pm

    This is a building I’d like to see. Chicago sounds like it has a lot of great things to do.

  8. Chicago Computer Training / Nov 10 2008 12:31 pm

    Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s the little things like this that really make it.

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