The renowned Wrigley Structure– one of the most famous in the world– is now in the hands of Chicago billionaire Joe Mansueto, whose new realty investment company Mansueto Characteristics purchased the historical two-building landmark for $255 million recently.
Perched at the corner of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River at 400 and 410 N. Michigan, the structure, clad in white terra-cotta, is amongst the most identifiable in the city and on Chicago’s premier commercial district, the storied Spectacular Mile.
As the first high-rise building on Michigan Opportunity, the Wrigley Structure and its signature bell tower, styled after the Giralda Tower of the cathedral in Seville, Spain, poses as a gateway between the Gold Coast, the Loop and River North. Mansueto, the founder and executive chairman of Morningstar, the investment research firm, paid a 672 percent premium to the $33 million it last sold for in 2011.
“Located at the new center along the Chicago River, the Wrigley Structure stands high as a clear symbol of our city’s rich history,” Mansueto said in a statement. “We are dedicated to maintaining the tradition of this building and guaranteeing that it remains an essential part of Chicago’s development well into the future.”
Legend has it that chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley, Jr., called “Beau,” was so wide-eyed by the renowned White City of the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893 when he was a kid, that he desired his namesake headquarters to show that aura. The glazed terra cotta has six different tones of white that ended up being brighter as the building increases. The façade, whose white stone and gold information are cleaned frequently, is lighted during the night, producing a glow of the spacious plaza just steps from the river. Graham, Anderson, Probst & & White designed the structure, which sits across Michigan from another historic terra-cotta landmark, The Tribune Tower.
Considering that 2011, the Wrigley Building has undergone a $91 million remodelling by the sellers, a financial investment group led by BDT Capital Partners that also included Zeller Realty Group and Groupon founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell. They bought the residential or commercial property from Mars Inc., which obtained it in its purchase of the William Wrigley, Jr. Co. in 2008.
The renovation of the 2 towers, which are connected by enclosed bridges at the 3rd and 14th levels, was sweeping, with a redesign of the general public areas, including must-have amenities for today’s office space that consist of a cafe, health club and occupant lounge, in addition to comprehensive facilities improvements.
The structure, which has approximately 311,000 square feet of rentable area, is nearly 95 percent leased – a considerable improvement from the 19 percent tenancy it had prior to the remodellings started. The Perkins + Will architecture firm is the largest tenant, at nearly 69,000 square feet in a lease that extends until 2026, inning accordance with CoStar research study.
The offer is stated to have been done in between Mansueto and Byron.
For additional information on the deal, please see CoStar Comp # 4343923.