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How the Thompson Center and Tribune Tower Stack Up

The two iconic buildings are both on the market

Thompson Center (left) and Tribune Tower   Photos: (Thompson center) Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune; (Tribune Tower) Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune
  Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St.
Tribune Tower
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Size 17 stories
945,000 square feet
36 stories
737,000 square feet
Resembles A UFO. From the ’70s. A Gothic cathedral on steroids
Chances you could live there Slim. The place will likely get torn down. (Plus, why would you want to?) High (if you’ve got deep pockets). The smart money is on redevelopment as condos, hotel rooms, and shops.
Reuse ideas Medical marijuana farm. It’s essentially a giant greenhouse already—some employees use umbrellas to shield their desks from the sun. Museum of journalism. Like the Newseum in Washington, D.C., it would teach people about print journalism’s glory days.


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