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Chicago - April 9

Wednesday, 09.04.2014 / 10:35 AM
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2013-14 On the Road Blog
Chicago - April 9

When you’ve celebrated a league record 24 Stanley Cups, seen 55 members of the organization inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and spent over a century excelling in your given field, you tend to relish history a little more than most. That passion extends beyond the ice for us, as we were stopped in our tracks by the Tribune Tower while walking along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The ultimate crowd-sourcing project, the tower was erected following a contest in 1922 offering a $50,000 cash prize to whichever architect submitted “The most beautiful and distinctive office building in the world”. Among the 260 entries, John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood came up with the neo-gothic building that now houses the Chicago Tribune newspaper, WGN Radio (the voice of the Blackhawks), and CNN’s Chicago bureau. What really makes the tower unique, though, is that history literally oozes out of its pores. Nearly 150 artifacts from historically-significant sites around the world – from the Taj Mahal in India and the Parthenon in Greece to pieces of steel from World Trade Center Tower 1 and even a stone from the Seminaire de Quebec in Quebec City – line the façade of the Tribune Tower. We’re not exactly sure how Trib correspondents managed to finagle getting things like an actual piece of the Great Wall of China or an authentic Moon rock into their suitcases over the years, but we assume with those kinds of details, it’s better not to ask questions…



After getting a little verklempt at seeing our home province represented in the stones of the Tribune Tower, we wanted to continue sharing our Quebec culture with as many Chicagoans as possible. In the ultimate photo bomb experiment, we walked to Millennium Park with a Habs logo in hand to see how many unsuspecting tourists’ selfies we could sneak the CH into in front of, below and around the iconic Cloud Gate (aka the giant mirrored bean). It may be like the most difficult game of Where’s Waldo ever created, but see if you can spot the tiny bleu-blanc-rouge logo for yourself below.