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Chicago Tribune, Freedom Center

RSVP required to visit this site.

Address

560 W. Grand Ave.

Neighborhood

West Town

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 16: Closed

Photography Permitted

Completed

1982

Description

All Freedom Center tours have reached capacity and RSVPs are now closed

Freedom Center is the massive plant where the Chicago Tribune—and many other newspapers—are printed and assembled. Until it opened in 1982, the newspaper was produced in the basement of Tribune Tower. The site was selected so paper could be delivered by barge, but the river proved to be too shallow. Enormous 1-ton rolls of paper are brought in by train and truck and stacked high in a cavernous warehouse. The rolls feed 10 enormous offset web printing presses, where rubber blankets put ink to paper at blazing speeds. Inserting machines are then used to assemble the finished newspaper—with hundreds of distinct pieces targeted to different customers—for delivery.

Behind the Scenes

Take a guided tour of the enormous plant where the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers are printed and assembled.

Due to space constraints and security concerns, all visitors to this site must register in advance and bring a valid photo ID.

Tours of Freedom Center will last approximately 45 minutes. Enter on Grand Avenue through the parking lot. Free parking is available. All visitors subject to security check. This site is not wheelchair accessible.