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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 façade. 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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  • Very beautiful and not have as you don't notice. In December had a wreath and a beautiful Christmas tree and very large.
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  • This is one of the notable buildings of this magnificent city. Is part of the splendid architectural jewels of the complex looping region. Blank and divided into 2 parts and attached by a walkway, has an aesthetic harmony that lives up to your fame. And to improve even more, from 2015 has a Ghirardelli well at the entrance.
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  • Revolving door entry is impressive by itself. Great area out front to stop and visit while watching the boat tours and traffic on Michigan Ave.  more »
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  • It was fun going to the Christmas party's until my brother got canned.
  • Nice piece of architecture in a nice Chicago downtown location. Nothing to see inside, but wonderful outside
  • An absolutely iconic Chicago structure, definitely worth a look if you've never seen it. White glazed terra cotta on steel frame, beautiful classically inspired decorations, and impossibly gorgeous when lit up at night. This is a building you need to stop and take in the beauty of at least once in your life.
  • Gorgeous Chicago landmark! You can get one of the best views from the Chicago's First Lady Riverwalk docks.
  • There are three business's located there. Walgreens, Peets Coffee, and an Ice cream shop that begins with the letter G there are also offices there

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