The Tribune East Tower, the recently approved supertall expected to rise 1,422 feet, takes the number one spot in YIMBY’s countdown as Chicago’s tallest development. Poised to become Chicago’s second tallest building, Tribune East is part of the Tribune Tower redevelopment project, which includes the conversion of the original Tribune Tower into 162 condominium units. Developers CIM Group and Golub & Company are leading the development of the $700 million structure that will replace a surface parking lot originally used by Chicago Tribune employees.
Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the structure will comprise 102 floors and hold a 200-room hotel, 439 rental units, and 125 condominiums. A 687-vehicle parking garage and 14 loading docks will be located on site. The tower will feature a glass and metal façade along the entire height of the building.
The development will include upgrades on site for both Upper and Lower E Illinois Street for residents and hotel guests entering the building. The existing Pioneer Court Plaza along N Michigan Avenue will also be renovated to create additional green space and outdoor seating. A new path to Cityfront Plaza will also be included in the new plaza.
In its current state, the site, which was originally a parking lot, is now full of construction equipment and supplies including steel beams and decking. The lot is acting as a storage and staging ground for the adjacent Tribune Tower renovation and conversion. Additionally, the property is being used for contractor parking, the onsite field construction office, and to hold a mobile crane.
The lot is bound by E Illinois Street to the north, N St. Clair Street to the east, Pioneer Court to the south, and the Tribune Tower complex to the west. Multiple CTA bus routes are accessed within a two-minute walk from the site. The Grand CTA L station, serviced by the Red Line, is a seven-minute walk away.
Approved by the Chicago Plan Commission and Chicago City Council in May 2020, Tribune East Tower is fully greenlit. Construction is expected to begin in late 2021 or early 2022, with an estimated completion date of 2025.
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The World Trade Center in New York achieved its final height of 1,776 feet by adding a 408 foot spire. I know that historically Chicago hasn’t embraced spires. It’s time to get out of that rut. This new development should be topped with a 410 foot spire, bringing the East Tower to a final height of 1,832 feet.
How ironic, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture are behind the design of the tallest towers currently under construction in NYC and Chicago. This is definitely the more handsome of the two. It’s also fascinating that there was a surface parking lot on such prime real estate all these years.
Looking forward to watching this tower rise!
This building doesn’t qualify as “iconic.” It is a clone of KK100 in Shenzehn. Tribune East has arguably a better façade if they are really going to utilize brass but KK100 has a way better base and street level design with more detailing.
Chicago should have pushed for something truly unique and innovative here. Not to mention purposely designing the height to not surpass Sears is ridiculous. Pride and ego should motivate the developers to want to build the city’s new tallest after so many decades. This probably won’t break ground anymore anyway. I see a lengthy redesign and scale-back to modest proportions below super-tall status in the future.
We sacrifice having amazing base floors to utilitarian storage of cars. Until that changes and we drop our fetish of having millions of cars moving through our dense neighborhoods, what you said about building bases will continue to be true.
Any updates to this project. Is there an expected construction start date?
Any updates on this? Is this cancelled?
Hi WhatisHappening, unfortunately this one appears to be cancelled for all intents and purposes. There was a firsthand account of someone who attended a PR event with the following intel:
“I have some bad news with regards to Tribune Tower East. I went to a networking event at the Tribune Tower last night. It included a tour of the new residences and amenity spaces (unbelievably cool btw). The tour was led by Lee Golub himself. He leads Golub’s US division and Golub is part of the development team for both phases of the Tribune Tower. He was telling a bunch of stories and eventually started talking about the 1422′ Phase 2 Tower. According to him the tower is definitely not happening and they never considered it a serious proposal in the first place. They just wanted something to show as part of the proposal for phase 1. He considered the tower way too tall and grand and that it never made economic sense. Something will happen there someday but it won’t be nearly so tall.”