Heading to Chicago and looking for reasonably priced, yet interesting things to do? One highly recommended destination is the Chicago Tribune Building at 435 North Michigan Avenue. The building itself is impressive: it’s Gothic in design and was built in the 1930s. It is made of limestone and has gargoyles and various ornamentation. Its old-fashioned look is a nice contrast to many of the ultra-modern buildings surrounding it.
The real point of interest to us, however, were the 149 stones and rocks embedded in the exterior of the building. These were brought back by Tribune correspondents from locales they visited while on the job. Robert McCormick, an early owner of the Tribune, began the collection with a stone he got while in France from a cathedral damaged by World War II shelling.
It is amazing to see stones from various states and many nations. There are stones from the Great Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Petra, St. Peter’s, the Great Wall of China – you name it, you’ll probably find a stone from there. There is even a rock from the moon, but since NASA officially owns all of those, it is just on display rather than embedded in the wall.
Here’s a site where you can see photos of all the stones — fun!