Chicago's Wrigley Building Gets Landmark Status

City Council unanimously approved the Wrigley Building's landmark status

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012  |  Updated 2:50 PM CDT
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Chicago’s Wrigley Building has reached landmark status.

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a recommendation to award the official designation to the iconic Michigan Avenue building.

"The Wrigley Building has long been considered one of our great architectural gems," said Ald. Brendan Reilly in a statement.  "I look forward to working with the new owners to assist in the renovation and repositioning of this iconic structure."

The 460,000 square-foot building was recently sold to a group of investors that includes Zeller Realty Group and Groupon co-founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell.

Zeller Reality Group is leading renovations, currently awaiting approval by the city, including extensive improvements to the building infrastructure, plaza gateway, vacant 410 Club and ground-floor retail in both buildings.

Construction is expected to begin in late June and continue into the summer of 2014, Senior Vice President with Zeller Realty Group Ari Glass said in a statement.

“We are excited to begin welcoming tenants as early as this fall to renovated space in this internationally renowned destination,” Glass said.

The Wrigley Company is set to move into a newer building on Goose Island, leaving one of Chicago’s most recognized buildings with more than 250,000 square feet up for lease.

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