Improving on History at the Wrigley Building
September 22, 2017 | By Jessica Bates
The Chicago skyline looked very different when construction of the Wrigley Building began in 1920. In fact, there were no major office buildings north of the Chicago River when chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. chose the site for his company headquarters. Today, it still stands out, even among the many skyscrapers that since have sprung up around it. The two towers of the building are covered in shining white-glazed terra cotta and one tower features massive clock faces on each of its four sides. “Because the building is so iconic, most people assumed it was already a landmark when we took over management in 2011,” says Bradley Borowiec, general manager at the Zeller Realty Group, which oversees the nearly 100-year-old structure. Instead, the property team immediately got to work getting the building on the historic registry—while, at the same time, bringing the interior of the property into the modern area.