The Wrigley Building – In the name of chewing gum!

Wrigley Building

A typical conversation regarding the above noted building goes something like this:

“What’s that building called?”

“Oh, it’s the Wrigley Building.”

“Wrigley? As in the ‘gum’ company?”

“Yes, they are one in the same.”

“Quite a fancy building for gum, isn’t it?”

“Yes, it surely is just that.”

The Wrigley Building was built in 1921 for chewing gum king William Wrigley Jr.  Perhaps yet another in a long line of seeming juxtapositions found in Chicago, this grand and stately structure had its architectural influence based upon the “Giralda”, or “Bell Tower” of the Seville Cathedral in Spain.  This idea was joined by French Renaissance particulars.  Now, you might be thinking these two architectural styles compose my juxtaposition reference; actually, no.

I was thinking more along the lines of, “This grandiose structure was once the mammoth office building for a company that manufactures chewing gum.  Ah, chewing gum.  Not necessarily the first thing one might think about when bearing witness to such an impressive building, wouldn’t you say?  Be that as it may, the Wrigley Building is located in downtown Chicago, north of the Chicago River and the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

A ‘cool’ piece of trivia about the Wrigley Building:  it was the first office building in Chicago to obtain air conditioning!

At 30 stories high with a notable clock tower on the 25th floor, it is a beautiful structure that truly sets the stage for Chicago’s plethora of architectural styles and building appearances.

Here is a piece of trivia you might find utterly useless beyond repair, or at the very least, slightly worthy of a small nod of acknowledgement.  Did you know the Wrigley Building is home to the planet’s only chewing gum wrapper museum?  Oh, it gets even better:  it is not open to the public.  *insert cricket noises to connote the proverbial sound of silence void of any human voices.*

Moving right along, the Wrigley Building has set the stage for a number of movies, including the 1957 science fiction film, “Beginning of the End“.  Apparently mammoth grasshoppers ascended one side of the building; looking for gum, perhaps? Other movie appearances by the gum edifice include:  Backdraft, The Breakup, The Fugitive, and Mercury Rising.

The Wrigley Building was sold in 2011 to a group of investors who will no doubt ensure no gum wrappers are haphazardly strewn about the premises.  After all, there is a museum for such a thing, didn’t you know?

Wrigleys Gum Wrapper

– photo courtesy of http://img0.etsystatic.com/

I could not find the year this gum wrapper first appeared; however, I must say there is a lot going on with this label, don’t you think?  Do you see the note, “This Wrapper is a United profit-sharing coupon as stated on back.  Save this complete wrapper.”  My goodness, there must be even more business listed on the back of the wrapper!  Save the wrapper for profit-sharing?  Could this be the beginning of the gum wrapper museum collection that is not accessible to the public?  Ah Mr. Wrigley, clearly you had a flavor for the dramatic!

  40 comments for “The Wrigley Building – In the name of chewing gum!

  1. April 28, 2015 at 9:04 am

    ~Tries to blow a bubble chew chew chew~ wondered what happened to my favorite brand 🙂

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    • April 28, 2015 at 9:05 am

      *LOL* Is Wrigley your favorite brand??

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      • April 28, 2015 at 9:14 am

        Chewed it for more than half my life! it’s the only brand I actually trusted 🙂

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      • April 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

        Can’t you get it anymore, Andy? I think they still have it here!

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      • April 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

        I haven’t seen it much lately, thought they went out of business or something :O

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      • April 28, 2015 at 9:25 am

        They are still in business, believe it or not! If you want some, I can send you some! Just say the word! Cher xo

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      • April 28, 2015 at 9:38 am

        I’ll settle for ice cream in truckloads then! 😄😄 thankee!

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      • April 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

        Where am I going to find a LARGE spoon??? Cher xo

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      • April 28, 2015 at 2:29 pm

        It’s Chicago, you’re bound to find it! 😄😄

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      • April 28, 2015 at 2:37 pm

        You know, I was thinking you might say that! *QUADRUPLE CLINK* ;-P

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      • April 28, 2015 at 2:47 pm

        😄😁😁

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  2. April 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I was going to say something about “The Beginning of the End,” one of my favorite bad movies. The scene is question was shot using grasshoppers walking on a picture of the Wrigley Building, so some of ‘hoppers are standing half-off into thin air. Back then, the effects weren’t always so special. 🙂

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    • April 28, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Oh isn’t that funny! I am going to have to look that up! And I have your requests for, “Requesting Requests” so I’ll be doing a post soon on a few movie spots! I’ll be heading to Union Station very soon and getting some shots that are seen in the Kevin Costner movie, “The Untouchables”. Do you remember the baby carriage scene on the stairs? Cher xo

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      • April 28, 2015 at 9:43 am

        I’ve actually taken friends to that spot to show them where it was shot. Also, don’t forget the scene on LaSalle where they walk across the street to bust up the booze warehouse. The Board of Trade is in the background, and the door they enter, if I remember correctly, was a maintenance entrance to the Fed Reserve Bank. Also, closer to the Board, is the building exterior of the toy store from “Home Alone 2”. I passed there when they were setting up the shot and got a shout-out to Joe Pessi–and a reply.

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      • April 28, 2015 at 2:26 pm

        Oh yes! Right you are! I will write those down, too! Thank you!!! Cher xo

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    • April 29, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      It is a very cheap, very silly shot. But at least until the grasshoppers actually set foot on the air the effect basically works. I mean, it’s not a swooping 3-D computer-animated pan of a giant grasshopper rampage, but it gets the idea across well enough.

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      • April 30, 2015 at 7:16 am

        I’ll have to look for it, Joseph! I guess for 1957 it was quite ‘advanced’! *LOL* Cher xo

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  3. April 28, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Great post about a fantastic building, the gum isn’t bad either!

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    • April 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you, Mary! Yes, I quite like Wrigley’s gum, too! Cher xo

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  4. April 28, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Reblogged this on William Chasterson.

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  5. RMW
    April 28, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Visited both Seville and Chicago and admired the Wrigley building and the Giralda but never knew about the connection…. thanks for the info!

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    • April 28, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      You are most welcome indeed! Oh did you? I have never been to Spain; yes, rather an unusual connection, isn’t it? Cher xo

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  6. Amy
    April 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Great shot! Interesting historical information. 🙂

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    • April 28, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Awh, bless! Thank you so much, Amy! Cher xo

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  7. April 28, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Loved reading this Cher.. and I got through a few packets of Wrigley’s Gum way back in my day 🙂

    Have a wonderful week

    Hugs Sue

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    • April 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Sue! Thank you so much! *LOL* Oh yes, I most certainly did as well! In fact, I think I might have chewed more than one stick of Wrigley’s spearmint gum at once when I was a child! No reason for it except it seemed quite fun at the time!!! And to you as well, Sue; thank you! Cher xo

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  8. Don
    April 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    It truly is a magnificent building. It’s so good on the eye.

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    • April 28, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      It is a grand building, isn’t it, Don? And to think it started with gum!! *grin* Cher xo

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  9. April 28, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    This has given me a lot to chew on, Cher… 😉
    Delightful, as always. 🙂

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  10. April 28, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Wonderful photo and great information! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  11. April 30, 2015 at 7:57 am

    The wrapper is a profit sharing document? Like a piece of company stock?

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    • April 30, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Well that is exactly what I was wondering, Phil! *LOL*

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      • April 30, 2015 at 8:09 am

        You should contact the company or maybe an auction house!

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      • April 30, 2015 at 8:13 am

        Good idea, Phil1 It would be interesting to see what they say! In fact, perhaps I will contact Wrigleys since they are right here! *LOL* Thanks for the great suggestions! Cher xo

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  12. May 13, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    When I think of Wrigley, I think of Wrigley’s spearmint gum in a white wrapper. My grandmother ALWAYS chewed Wrigley’s spearmint gum. When I was small, she’d remove a piece from her purse, tear it in half and give me one half while popping the other half into her mouth. 😀 On the rare occasions when I now chew gum, it is still my favorite. Childhood memories run deep!

    Thanks for a great piece on this venerable old building!

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    • May 13, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Ah Kate, that is an absolutely wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! And the Wrigley Building is where it began! Cher xo

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