Wrigley Building, Chicago

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  • A closer view of the 14th floor walkway
    A closer view of the 14th floor walkway
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  • A view of the two towers from across the river
    A view of the two towers from across the...
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  • The Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower
    The Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower
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    The Wrigley Building

    by Bwana_Brown Updated May 13, 2008

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    South tower and partially shaded North tower
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    Practically across the street from the Tribune Tower is the impressive Wrigley Building, completed in 1921 to serve as the headquarters of the Wrigley Company which had been located in the city since 1891. After all the sticks of Juicy Fruit gum I've chewed on over the years, it was interesting to see this amazing building as well as a second tower that was added in 1924. Due to some arcane banking law requiring branch offices to be connected, an enclosed walkway had to be added at the 14th floor level in 1931 (2nd photo). It must have been an interesting view from up there as people crossed back and forth over the street below!

    Like the Tribune Tower, the architecture of these buildings was also influenced by European cathedral designs, with its shape based on the Giralda Tower of the cathedral in Seville, Spain. The ornamental design takes off in a different direction though, and is an American adaptation of the French Renaissance style. When all was said and done, the South Tower rises 30 storys and 425-ft to the top of its four sided clock (3rd photo) while the North Tower is a more modest 21 storys.

    I had a lot of ground to cover, so did not go over for a closer look at this building that started the era of skyscrapers in Chicago.

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    Wrigley Building

    by antistar Updated Feb 4, 2014

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    Wrigley Building from Wacker Drive
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    "Chicago is the Wrigley Building." - Frank Sinatra, My Kind of Town.

    This is one of the most famous buildings in America. Built as the headquarters for the mega-corporation of the Wrigley Company, and its upper floors were home to its founder, William Wrigley Jr. I spent most of my time in Chicago inside this wonderful building, right up on the 20th floor in the recording studio inside the famous clock tower. Each morning I would watch the sun come up over Lake Michigan from my office window, something that made the early starts a delight rather than a chore.

    One lunchtime the studio organised a special treat for us. They got permission from the patent lawyers in the floors above us to visit their offices and go right up inside the clock tower itself. Their plush offices afforded amazing views over the skyscrapers along the banks of the Chicago river, and it was impossible to resist lording it up in the luxurious chairs on the deep pile carpet, looking out over the Chicago skyline while reading a book from the library. The views from the clock tower were even more impressive.

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    Wrigley Building

    by Jefie Updated Nov 4, 2008

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    Wrigley Building on North Michigan Avenue
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    I guess the Wrigley Building deserves its very own tip as it is one of the most easily recognizable buildings in downtown Chicago. In fact, it was the first major office building to be constructed on the north shore of the Chicago River - when construction began, the Michigan Avenue Bridge hadn't even been completed! It was built to house the headquarters of the Wrigley Company, of Juicy Fruit fame (Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum was introduced at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and became an instant success). The Wrigley Building is actually made of two towers connected by three walkways located on the 1st, 3rd and 14th floors. The north tower, completed in 1924, has 21 floors while the south tower, completed in 1921, has 30 floors and is easy to recognize thanks to its 130 m tall clock tower. The model for the clock tower was the Cathedral of Seville's "Giralda" bell tower.

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    The Wrigley Building

    by riorich55 Updated Mar 31, 2008

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    The Wrigley Building Early in the Morning

    The following is from a viewoncities.com. The Wrigley building serves as the headquarters of the Wrigley (chewing gum) company and was built in 1920 by the company's founder, William Wrigley Jr.It was the first of a series of landmarks at the southern end of the Magnificent Mile: its famous neighbors are the Tribune Tower (1925), the 333 North Michigan Avenue (1928) and the London Guarantee Building (1923). The Wrigley building stands out with its sparkling white terra-cotta cladding, the well-proportioned architecture and the nighttime floodlighting.

    This pictures was taken one early morning from my hotel room while attending a business meeting in downtown

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    Wrigley Building

    by Muya Written Apr 29, 2005

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    Wrigley Building from the boat

    Also known as the Jewel of the Mile, the beautiful Wrigley Building is one of America’s most famous office towers located on the north bank of the Chicago River, at the southern most point of Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Wrigley Building consists in two sections connected by an open walkway at street level and two enclosed walkways. The north section of the building contains 21 stories while the south section, the one with the clock tower, counts 30 stories. The clock hands were originally made of redwood, but have recently been more durably renovated, with aircraft-grade aluminium.The building’s cornerstone was laid in 1920, and by 1924 it was totally completed and connected with the walkways.The site chosen by William Wrigley Junior for the intenational headquarters of his company is quite unique because of its triangular shape.The architect combined two concepts, he patterned the architectural shape after Seville’s Cathedral and chose an American adaptation of French Renaissance style for the ornamental design. The building houses today investment management companies, advertising agencies, marketing firms, a full-service bank, and foreign consulates. Over 1,300 people come to work in the building sparkling white terra-cotta cladding…
    At night, the Wrigley Building and its lighting display also offers an unforgettable sight !

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    Wrigley Building

    by tim07 Updated Apr 4, 2010

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    This impressive triangular shaped building was built in the 1920's as the headquarters of the Wrigley chewing gum company. The south tower with its giant clock face stands at a height of 425 feet. The shape of the building is patterned after the Giralda Tower in Seville. Its design though is based on an American adaptation of French Renaissance style. The building is clad in approximately 250,000 individual glazed terra-cotta tiles. Each tile is entered in a computer database to help with maintenance of the exterior.

    Today the building is also home to many companies & advertising firms. The building is floodlit at night, making it stand out 24 hours a day.

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    Wrigley Building

    by traveloturc Written Aug 6, 2007
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    Wrigley Building was build in 1919 - 1924 with the height of 121m and 30 floors is one of the most famous Chicago landmarks.Consists of 2 structures, one of 11000 sq ft, the other of 21000 sq ft.Wrigley Building.The Wrigley building serves as the headquarters of the Wrigley (chewing gum) company and was built in 1919 by the company's founder, William Wrigley Jr.
    It was the first of a series of landmarks at the southern end of the Magnificent Mile: its famous neighbors are the Tribune Tower (1925), the 333 North Michigan Avenue (1928) and the London Guarantee Building (1923). The Wrigley building stands out with its sparkling white terra-cotta cladding, the well-proportioned architecture and the nighttime floodlighting.

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    Wrigley Building

    by traveloturc Written Aug 6, 2007

    Wrigley Building was build in 1919 - 1924 with the height of 121m and 30 floors is one of the most famous Chicago landmarks.Consists of 2 structures, one of 11000 sq ft, the other of 21000 sq ft.Wrigley Building.The Wrigley building serves as the headquarters of the Wrigley (chewing gum) company and was built in 1919 by the company's founder, William Wrigley Jr.
    It was the first of a series of landmarks at the southern end of the Magnificent Mile: its famous neighbors are the Tribune Tower (1925), the 333 North Michigan Avenue (1928) and the London Guarantee Building (1923). The Wrigley building stands out with its sparkling white terra-cotta cladding, the well-proportioned architecture and the nighttime floodlighting.

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    Wrigley Building

    by SnoopySue Written Dec 12, 2004

    I have tried bussines with chewing gum to get rich but I failed. Mr Wrigley apparently knew how to make fortune and raise magnificent buildings. Wrigley building on North Michigan Avenue is proud for every Chicagoan and one of the most popular tourist spots.

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    Wrigley Building

    by dircelo Written Jan 26, 2006

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    from State street.
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    An amasing building which is married to Chicago's skyline. Admired from all ankles and in day and nighttime.

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    The Wrigley building from a unique perspective ...

    by shrimp56 Updated Dec 31, 2005

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    From the pedestrian bridge connecting Northbridge Shopping Center and Le Meredien Hotel, now the Conrad Hotel, at about the 7th floor!

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