Renovation & Sustainability of The Wrigley Building
A comprehensive renovation has preserved The Wrigley Building’s heritage while creating a prominent destination for corporate powerhouses and boutique businesses. The renovation has modernized the building infrastructure, redesigned the public areas, upgraded finishes in the office suites, and introduced new amenities for tenants. The city-owned plaza structure between the two towers was fully rehabilitated, including structural replacement, granite pavers and elegant lighting, which highlights the intricate terra cotta design at the connecting third-floor bridge and building columns. A new, historically detailed, bronze storefront was installed along the plaza, and the “modern” glass covers at the former 410 Club were restored with new terra cotta. Most dramatically, the owners removed a non-historic screen wall installed under the connecting bridge at Michigan Avenue, effectively extending the street activity into the plaza and enhancing the pedestrian connection between Michigan and Wabash Avenues. The building’s expansive plaza has been transformed into a multi-level dining and shopping destination. Retail leases include outdoor seating, which will further energize the plaza. Walgreens a 32,000-square-foot, three-level flagship store in June 2014. Peet’s Coffee and Tea, an upscale coffee shop, opened in January 2015 and Ghirardelli, an ice cream and chocolate shop, opened in June 2015. The updates to The Wrigley Building have started a wave of commercial success for Chicago; the preservation of its history and creation of new retail shops and public areas on Michigan Avenue are a few examples of the impact of the redesigned Wrigley Building.