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Built by the founder of arguably the most famous chewing gum company in the world, the Wrigley Building is one of the most famous edifices in the windy city of Chicago. Seeing the improvements in infrastructure with the expansion of Michigan Avenue and the construction of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, William Wrigley Jr. decided that this is the perfect place for the headquarters of his business. Upon its completion, it was the first air-conditioned building in Chicago.

The area where Wrigley Building stands in now more popularly known as Magnificent Mile, touted as Chicago?s own version of Champs-Elysees. It is the first notable skyscraper built north of Chicago River and its architecture was patterned after the Giralda Tower in one of Seville?s cathedrals fused with French renaissance elements. The Wrigley Building has two main components: the 425-foot, 30-storey south building which was finished first in 1921 and the 21-storey north building. These two sections are connected by three open walkways located at the ground level, the 3rd floor and the 14th floor.

The Wrigley Building is surrounded by other famous Chicago skyscrapers including the London Guarantee Building, the Tribune Tower and the 333 North Michigan Avenue. Despite this, the Wrigley Building still manages to standout with its balanced architectural aesthetics and its seemingly gleaming appearance owing to its white glazed terracotta cladding. In fact, to preserve this lustrous exterior, it is sometimes hand washed. It is also the first skyscraper in Chicago to use floodlighting which made it an instant attraction in the windy city. There is a clock tower on the south building with four humongous dials measuring 5.97 meters in diameter each. There is also private park facing the Chicago River called the Wrigley Plaza.

Three General-Consulates are housed in the Wrigley Building including that of the United Kingdom, Austria and Ireland.
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