Rock around the world…

The Tribune Tower located at 435 North Michigan Avenue, is one of the landmarks of Chicago. The imposing 141 meters tall neo-gothic style building is an imposing edifice in itself, but what is more interesting is the many rocks or stones and fragments embedded into the lower facade of the tower. Not necessarily that all the pieces are rocks, but it’s interesting to walk around and touch the pieces embedded into the wall – almost as if you were there touching the rock in the real place.


There are pieces from the Great Pyramid, the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall amongst the famous edifices and also from other structures from all over the world.

How did the fragments or rocks get there? The story began way back in 1915 when the owner of the Chicago Tribune, Robert R. McCormick joined the troops fighting the war in Europe as a reporter, and decided to carry a piece of the war ‘literally’ back home. And then instructed all his reporters to bring back a rock while on the field reporting… and so the collection grew – to some 150 pieces today. There is even a piece of rock from the grotto where Jesus is believed to have been born – and that’s safe inside the building.


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