Chicago Tribune moves to New Eastside

By Jon Cohn | Community Contributor

This June, the Chicago Tribune staff will be making the trek up Randolph Street to their new digs at the Prudential Plaza.

New Eastside residents, keep your eyes out for some familiar faces wandering around—you might see the person whose column you read in the morning. The team behind the newspaper will now be in New Eastside—reporters, columnists, editors, copy editors, marketing reps, office personnel, advertising folks and of course, my favorite person, the one in charge of
the obituary page.

Keep in mind, this is not just your standard, location-based move. This one is dramatic for the Tribune’s employees, some of whom might feel sad that executives from the paper’s parent company Tronc, Inc., sold the paper’s namesake office building, the Tribune Tower at 435 N. Michigan Ave., which had been the newspaper’s home since 1935.

The tower was recently sold for a cool $205 million. With renovations and major changes planned, Tronc Inc. had to make a move. After an extensive search of a variety of locations, the company settled on the New Eastside building, One Prudential Plaza.

The Tribune will occupy the second through fourth floors, but if you want to mingle with the head honchos of Tronc, you will have to go a little bit higher. The corporate offices will be on the top two floors of the 41-story building.

As we welcome employees of Chicago Tribune to New Eastside this month, it doesn’t matter that it’s a 171-year-old newspaper—they are still the new kids moving into the neighborhood. Remember what we were told in our childhood days? “Make sure you are nice to the new kids.”

They may feel a little bit shy or a touch unsure while still getting used to
their new surroundings.

New kids, we understand it’s tough to move after being in one location for so long—83 years—but we think you will find our neck of the woods quite welcoming.

Cohn-Fuscious thought for the month: “Whoever said nothing is impossible never tried slamming a revolving door.”

Published June 5, 2018

Coach’s Corner

“You Gotta Ring Them Bells and meet your neighbors”

By John Cohn |Community Contributor

Much like Apollo Creed staring down Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, the long cold dark
days of winter stare us straight in the face. Relentless. Unforgiving. But no worries folks, we’ve been through this before, and we can do it again.

The key to Chicago winter blues survival is a little personal contact with actual people. You know… that of the non-iPhone variety. That’s right, this is the time of year to meet and greet any chance you get.

A great example of this can be found in the song “Ring Them Bells,” written by Bob
Dylan and popularized by Liza Minelli. It’s about a woman looking to meet the man of
her dreams and fall in love.

She has no luck in her building, at work, in her home city or even traveling the entire
country. Finally, and desperately she travels abroad to various foreign countries still looking for that elusive love connection.

At long last, in one of those faraway places she finally meets that special someone. She asks him where he is from, and amazingly, he is not only from the same city in the United States as she is, but she also discovers he lives in the exact same building as her and even more surprisingly, in the apartment next door. She had travelled across the world to meet the guy next door when all she needed to do was ring his doorbell and say hi.

So even on those days when you don’t feel like socializing, go for it. Be they strangers, mild acquaintances, neighbors or work partners—or maybe someone in the elevator, shopping center or restaurant—go ahead and make the effort and say “Hello” to get a conversation started.

I can’t quite promise the new love of your life, but a few friendly greetings might help you get through the cold, wind and darkness of the coming days.

Cohn-fucious thought of the month: “The tree that bends is rarely the one that breaks.”

Coach’s Corner

New Eastside entering tween years

By John Cohn | Community Contributor

In an interesting and uplifting gathering, the staff of New Eastside News got together for an annual staff-wide meeting. It was a refreshing mix of both young and old. Actually, truth be told, mostly young—I think I was a party of one representing “the old.” Nevertheless, it is great to see so many new and enthusiastic young reporters jumping on board for our newspaper. During the meeting, we discussed anything and everything in regards to our neighborhood and the many potential stories and creative ideas.

I found it interesting that the overriding factor is one I hear and even “feel” all the time here in New Eastside—how lucky we are to be living in such a unique neighborhood of the city.

Many Chicagoans are only just discovering our area and some are not even aware it exists, but that is okay. We don’t mind growing up at a normal pace without all the mad rush. That, I am sure, will come soon enough.

Speaking of growing up, this got me thinking about where our neighborhood is in its current stage of development. Construction on the Lakeshore East part of the neighborhood started in 2004, so, could you say our neighborhood is at the preteen stage, waiting for the onset of the dreaded teenage years? With new buildings going up, and infrastructure changes, we might be in for a full course of upheaval, angst and uncomfortable disturbances.

But have faith. We will survive that teenage period, as all people do, and then sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor, as the neighborhood enters young adulthood, and later, blissful middle age.

Oh, and one final note to all those young whippersnapper reporters joining our staff—back off. This old guy here plans on sticking around for a while and is not planning on giving up this “Coach’s Corner” anytime soon.

Cohn-Fucius thought for the month: Someday is not a day of the week.

Cars and makeshift structures currently fill the site where the new IJKL towers will be built in New Eastside. Photo by B. David Zarley.