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2023 Award Winners



Adaptive Reuse, Multifamily


Tribune Tower Conversion

Best in Region—Midwest

Chicago, Illinois

Architect/Designer | Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Builder | Walsh Group

Developer | Golub & Company

Landscape Architect/Designer | Site Design Group

Interior Designer | The Gettys Group

Photographer | Dave Burk Photography

The Tribune Tower is one of Chicago’s most treasured historic landmarks. Originally constructed in 1925, the tower was located adjacent to an existing printing plant. In 1935, the Radio Building was added to the site, followed by the Television Building in 1950. In 2018, the Chicago Tribune vacated the building. and the conversion of the landmark tower into 162 luxury condominium units began.

The tower’s historic facade was preserved and restored, ensuring its continued architectural stature. Historically sensitive enhancements to the Radio and TV buildings support flagship retail and provide a new entry for the residences. The original entry and lobby were preserved and remain open to the public. The retail frontage of the original printing plant was redeveloped, activating a reimagined Pioneer Court and public plaza.

Four additional floors were added to the northeast side, providing a modern, glass complement to the existing limestone facades. This addition frames a new elevated, landscaped courtyard. A unique luxury amenity program is dispersed throughout the building. A pool and terrace is nestled behind the original Chicago Tribune sign, while a lounge and a wraparound terrace at the Tower’s crown gives residents a one-of-a-kind experience beneath the iconic, gothic buttresses.

From the Judges
These opportunities are so few and far between. It’s so hard not to look at the scale of this project and not be blown away. The way they carved out the courtyard is impressive and makes the building more modern. The glass addition behind the historic sign is a great update as well. It pushes the needle and makes a statement on the evolution of downtowns, especially when our downtowns are suffering tremendously.

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