It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 12)

Wrigley Building

The top of the Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue) is all lit up in red and green an anticipation of Christmas.  But notice how the windows just below, and the clock face, aren’t illuminated.  At one time I read a magazine article showing it as one of Chicago’s great secret residences.  However, there was a Chicago Tribune article a few years ago that indicated that a law firm occupies those levels.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember which one was more recent, and presumably more up to date.

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  1. The tenant’s name you are looking for is The Law Offices of Stadheim and Grear. The firm has been in the Wrigley Building for 20 years.

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    • Editor

      Thanks so much for the information. Maybe I was thinking of another building that has an apartment hidden in its rafters.

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    • Editor

      I finally figured out what residence I was thinking about. It’s in the tower portion of the Smith Tower in Seattle. It looks a little like the clock tower of the Wrigley Building, but has a woman living in it. Don’t know how I mixed those two up. *Duh!*

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