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Trib Tower Rock Tally Right down to 149, As One Piece Strikes to the Suburbs






Eight years in the past, we obtained an e-mail from a instructor asking for an inventory of all the stones embedded within the facade of the Tribune Tower.  Neither she, nor we, had been capable of finding a full listing on the web, so we spent half a day wandering round what was then the house of the Chicago Tribune, jotting down the rocks. The resulting article, itemizing all 149 rocks, is now our fifth-most-read article, with over 13 million views.

Tribune Tower
Tribune Tower (file)

Just a few months later, somebody identified that there was really 150 rocks within the Tribune Tower.  Quantity 150 was within the foyer: a rock from the grotto beneath the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.  We didn’t rely that one as a result of it was embedded within the north wall of the foyer, and never particularly within the constructing’s facade.  However we up to date the article to 150 for completeness.

Tribune Tower Rock – Cave of the Nativity – Bethlehem

At the moment, that 149 rely is as soon as once more appropriate, because the pattern from Jesus’ grotto is now not within the Streeterville skyscraper.

In response to the January 10th concern of Catholic Chicago (Yeah, we’re a little bit behind on our newspaper studying), the rock, its star-shaped container, and the accompanying marble panel from the wall of Trib Tower’s foyer at the moment are in Morton Grove.

The fragment is presently on show in The Shine of All Saints at Saint Martha of Bethany Church, a brief stroll from the Morton Grove Metra station.

In 1949, the rock fragments had been donated to legendary Chicagoan Colonel Robert McCormick by the archbishop of Bethlehem.   In response to the newspaper article, they had been just lately donated to the suburban shrine by Dan Walsh and his Walsh Group, which is busy reworking the skyscraper from newspaper workplaces into 162 luxurious condominiums for CIM Group.

Catholic Chicago stories that the Morton Grove shrine has relics from greater than 3,000 saints and holy individuals.  So in the event you make the journey, you’ll want to pack a lunch.  

Fragments of Stone From The Cave of the Nativity within the Tribune Tower foyer.


Location: 8523 Georgiana Avenue, Morton Grove


Writer: Editor

Editor based the Chicago Structure Weblog in 2003, after a protracted profession in journalism. He could be reached at [email protected]

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