Chicago Tribune Tower
435 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60611
John Howells and Raymond Hood
In 1922, the Chicago Tribune offered $100,000 in prize money for an international architectural competition to design the most beautiful office building in the world. With a lavish first prize of $50,000, there was a total of 263 entries. The winning entry was a neo-Gothic skyscraper design by architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. The irony of the competition was that these architects happened to be from New York, and in a time when New York City and Chicago were in an architectural face off this was no laughing matter. However, the winner could not be disputed as the competition winner was selected by a panel of blind judges. The Chicago Tribune has certainly become an icon of Chicago, with its intricate ornamentation and spider like tracery, though many critics originally scoffed at it for it's Gothic revivalist architecture.
The Chicago Tribune Tower is featured on the Chicago Underground Tour.