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History of The Wrigley Building

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When chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. started scouting locations for his company headquarters, he wanted to make a strong impression. He found just the spot on a triangular piece of land at the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River.

It was a bold move. In January 1920, as excavation began, the Michigan Avenue Bridge was still under construction, and Michigan Avenue north of the river was known as Pine Street. The Wrigley Building pioneered development of the north Michigan Avenue business district and continues to anchor it today.

By the time the South Tower reached completion in April 1921, that portion of the property was already entirely rented – which is not surprising, as the building was the first in Chicago to offer air conditioning. In May 1924, the North Tower was added, along with connector walkways at the street and third-floor levels.

For more than 90 years, The Wrigley Building has been recognized as a true Chicago original. In 2012 the City of Chicago named it a landmark, a crowning achievement for an iconic building.