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About Chicago Tribune Freedom Center

Freedom Center is the massive plant where the Chicago Tribune—and many other newspapers—are printed. Until it opened in 1981, the newspaper was produced in the Tribune Tower basement. Enormous 1-ton rolls of paper are brought in by train and truck and stacked high in a cavernous warehouse. The rolls feed 10 large offset web printing presses, where cylinders with aluminum press plates and rubber blankets transfer ink to paper at blazing speeds. Inserting machines are then used to place millions of targeted advertising flyers into the newspaper for delivery.

Please note: there is no late entry for this site. You may register for yourself and up to one additional guest. Visitors will need to provide their guest's name by replying to their confirmation email.

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Tour will be approximately 40-45 minutes

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Guests must be 10+ with valid ID.

Chicago Tribune Freedom Center

560 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654

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