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The Wrigley Building, Chicago

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The Wrigley Building is a skyscraper located directly across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower on the Magnificent Mile. It was built to house the corporate headquarters of the Wrigley Company.HistoryWhen ground was broken for the Wrigley Building in 1920, there were no major office buildings north of the Chicago River and the Michigan Avenue Bridge, which spans the river just south of the building, was still under construction. The land was selected by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. for the headquarters of his company. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White using the shape of the Giralda tower of Seville's Cathedral combined with French Renaissance details. The 425ft south tower was completed in April 1921 and the north tower in May 1924. Walkways between the towers were added at the ground level and the third floor. In 1931, another walkway was added at the fourteenth floor to connect to offices of a bank in accordance with a Chicago statute concerning bank branch offices. The two towers, not including the levels below Michigan Avenue, have a combined area of 453433sqft.The two towers are of differing heights, with the south tower rising to 30 stories and the north tower to 21 stories. On the south tower is a clock with faces pointing in all directions. Each face is 19ft in diameter. The building is clad in glazed terra-cotta, which provides its gleaming white fa├žade. On occasion, the entire building is hand washed to preserve the terra cotta. At night, the building is brightly lit with floodlights.
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  • I love the story of how Wrigley came to Chicago and made his money! This building is certainly testament to the fact that he had plenty of it! Check out the art deco bridge between the two parts of th...  more »
  • This is a fascinating structure, with stones and bricks from many different sources embedded in the outer walls. Worth taking some time to look at them.  more »
  • Love looking at this building from all views..river or land! It is a must see for history buffs and others! Great architecture tour  more »
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  • There are three business's located there. Walgreens, Peets Coffee, and an Ice cream shop that begins with the letter G
  • Here for a work site walk so get to see things the public misses. Cool historical spot
  • This is my favorite building in Chicago. It's stark white, a stretched in a way that makes it look like an optical illusion. Very cool!
  • The Wrigley Building is one of the most famous buildings in the world. It is located on Michigan Avenue on the Chicago River at the DuSable Bridge. Take a few minutes to soak it in. Don't miss seeing it at night. It is really two buildings that you can walk between. Check out the clock on top. From here, you can go north on Michigan Avenue for the next 13 blocks to shop the Magnificent mile. Eat at Eataly just north of here or any of the dozens of great restaurants in the area. The Wrigley Building looks completely different from the different angles and night and day. Don't miss this true Chicago original. Check out the different photos.
  • Walgreens is here and its really pretty at night