Status Update: Renovating Wrigley
Aug20

Status Update: Renovating Wrigley

Our Gold Coast Spy e-mailed today with a photograph of the ongoing renovation of the magnificent and historic Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue) on the Near North Side. In 2010 the plaza between the main building and its annex was renovated, removing the low, obstructionist planters and making it an open space, but it was never attractive either way. Now as construction marches on, the gallery running between the two...

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Three New Landmarks in Downtown Chicago
May22

Three New Landmarks in Downtown Chicago

Two well-known Chicago buildings, and one not-so-well-known building have been named City of Chicago landmarks. The venerable Wrigley building (400 North Michigan Avenue), a favorite of architects, academics, locals, and tourists gets the nod. The Wacker Tower (68 East Wacker Place), formerly known as the Chicago Motor Club Building. 227 East Walton Place. When it was proposed for landmark status earlier this year, a lot of people...

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Slice of Life: Michigan Avenue Watercolors
May08

Slice of Life: Michigan Avenue Watercolors

Our Gold Coast spy was a little out of her zone when she took this photo and sent it to us.  It shows a man on East Upper Wacker Drive, painting the Michigan Avenue bridge, the Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue), and its neighbors. Hopefully he’s using oils and not watercolors, because at the time this photo was taken, it was pouring...

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The Tops: Wrigley Building
Mar07

The Tops: Wrigley Building

Today we begin a new series called “The Tops.”   Every year, millions of people admire Chicago’s architecture.  Most people only get to see the city’s skyscrapers and landmarks from street level.  This series answers the question, “What’s up there?” for tourists and locals alike. We begin with one of Chicago’s oldest buildings that is also one of its newest landmarks, The Wrigley...

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Briefly: Bridges, Blurbs, Beerville
Feb03

Briefly: Bridges, Blurbs, Beerville

The Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue) has been named a Chicago Landmark.  See Alderman Reilly’s announcement below. Not a new web site, but it’s new to us.  Check out Chicago Loop Bridges for lots of interesting information and pictures of… Chicago Loop bridges. Here’s your Grant Park history lesson of the day, from the Chicago Tribune. ENR Midwest has neighbor news: Milwaukee has the green light to...

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

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....

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