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Theurer-Wrigley House in Lincoln Park Up for Sale

A STRANGE BREW: Suggested once as a residence for Chicago’s mayors, the home is on the market for $9.5 million

The Theurer-Wrigley House in Lincoln Park


The palatial Theurer-Wrigley House is now for sale on the open market after a few months as a pocket listing. Built in 1896 for Joseph Theurer, president of the Schoenhofen Brewing Company, it was bought in 1911 by William Wrigley Jr., the founder of the chewing-gum company. In 1984, after the mansion had sat vacant for decades—and a plan to make it the official Chicago mayoral residence collapsed—the Wrigley family sold the house to the developer and art publisher Nicholas G. Jannes, who gave it a lavish four-year restoration.

In 2004, the Chicago attorney Ted Tetzlaff and his wife, Sarah, bought the house for $9 million, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. Late this summer, Mary Bennett of Koenig & Strey Real Living started marketing the home quietly to a high-end clientele; she was planning to list it at Midwest Real Estate Data, the multiple listing service, in mid-October.

The four-level mansion has an ornate brick and terra cotta exterior; its 15,000-square-foot interior includes a grand foyer and staircase, eight bedrooms, a top-floor ballroom, a circular conservatory, mosaic tile floors, and a forest’s worth of millwork. In addition to an iron-bracketed porte-cochère, there is parking for four cars in the freestanding coach house (a former stable), with two apartments on its upper floors. To view more photos of the mansion, see the gallery below.

Send tips about home sales to dennis@rodkin.com.


Photograph: Todd Urban

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