April 27, 2011

Wrigley Field (ville) Renewal

Cause Whatever Happens to Wrigley Field...
via Glen Miller Original Chicago-Facebook
Wrigley Field is the economic and cultural engine of Wrigleyville. When the ballpark does well so does the surrounding community within Lake View. This community is not for everyone - there is a lot of visitors from the Chicagoland area that party here and need to respect the surrounding residential area that is interlocked with the ballpark, the community, and the neighborhood of Lake View.
There are two other related posts to this one concerning the history of the park itself and its non-sport events. But first ...
2016 photo - Chicago Tribune
below images - Ebay
to our ballpark by 2018
by Curbed Chicago
2007 photo - Bob Russell Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
a 2016 image below -  Milt Priggee
The Planned Developments
An early first version of renovated Wrigley Field area along with and a May 2013 video tour of the future space with a look at the past with a more detail historical view.
The 'planned development' area outside the park space is visible to the left along Addison and west of the park along Clark Street with private development at Addison & Clark.
pre-construction aerial view below
There is also a plan to modernize a broad section of the Wrigleyville neighborhood next to the park. This project while planned since 2014 will be realized by 2016. The area will consist of retail space, rental apartments, a hotel and 399 underground parking spaces. Built along Addison and Clark Streets, the project will help improve an underutilized, open asphalt parking lot at the center of the neighborhood; widen area sidewalks; increase open and green space; and is projected to create several hundred jobs during construction.
The planned development was approved by the city council in 2010; marketed by the developer in 2012 and was to be completed by 2015. The plan called for an hotel but the idea was withdrawn in 2013
Photos below shows the area for development that is separate for the Rickett's planned renovation for the WF





The new renderings released Dec.18, 2015 below show an updated design for the $140 million mixed-use development 

 1st floor
 2nd floor
 3rd floor


Luis Auto Repair & Sports World on the south east corner of Clark and Addison will remain
The Landscape History South of Addison
1894 Sanborn Fire Map
The area south of Addison was plotted 
but not fully developed yet
zoomed view of the 1894 map
1923 Sanborn Fire Map
Filling stations & some manufacturing at this time
zoomed view of the 1923 map
A filling station on the corner of Addison & Sheffield
1950 Sanborn Fire Map
Filling stations & car repair shops still marked the landscape 
so to accommodate car traffic
zoomed view of 1950 map
The filling station is still on the southwest corner that would be later replaced by Franksville (restaurant), then 7-Eleven. A filling station was once located 
Removed from the Landscape
image - Chicago Tribune 2016
Salt & Pepper building was once a storage for Wrigley Field
Goose Island Wrigleyville
These business will be razed for the 
planned development mentioned above
clark street photo - Chicago Beer Project
One of the most popular of the businesses to
 depart from the landscape is Goose Island-Clark Street

back yard photo - USA Today 
Salt & Pepper Diner
the ironic neon
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
 photo - Dwain C via Yelp


The other location closed in 2012
Salt & Pepper Diner opened at 2575 N. Lincoln Avenue in 1965. The owner John Halle opened the Wrigleyville location in 1996. The Lincoln Park spot closed in 2012.
The Red Ivy 
 photos - Red Ivy website
Mullen's on Clark

photos - Mullen's website
Starbucks on Addison 
heading back from Starbucks
unknown source & date
2015 photo - Garry Albrecht 
area to be developed along Addison Street toward Clark
2105 photo - Garry Albrecht
along Clark south of Addison
2015 photo - Garry Albrecht  
along Clark Street south of Addison
2016 After 10 years of planning another wrinkle in the works according to Chicago Real Estate Daily.
 the 7-11 is gone - southwest corner of Addison & Sheffield
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
view of the future development from Wrigley Field
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
Starbucks is gone on Addison
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
 custom entrance to Starbucks
the building's main entrance
Starbucks say'in bye bye
 view of the southeast corner of Addison & Clark
from across the street
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
 view east on Addison Street from the 
old Starbucks building
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
now gone on the southwest corner of Sheffield & Addison
photo - Chicago Cityscape
The Ceremony for the Development
article & photos - DNAinfo
Congress Quigley, Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Tunney and the developer at opening ceremony - 2016
photo below - WrigleyFieldNews.com
Businesses to Remain for Now
 Luis Auto Repair
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
Sports World
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
Wrigleyville's Most Trusted Automotive Collision Repair
photos from their Facebook page 
In the summer of 2017 the last hold out to the Wrigleyville planned developments was Luis Auto Repair. The pressure to sell must have been strong cause DNAinfo reported a new construction on the property owned by the auto repair shop; a shop that served the community for several decades.
Build the Hole in the Ground
  photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom  
  photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom 
  photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom 
  photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom 
  photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom 
  photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom 
 photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom 
 photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom 
  photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom
  photos - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom
The Taco Bell on Clark Street
 both images from DNAinfo
a 2016 Google view
to be replaced with ...
A New Hostel Along Clark
via Curbed Chicago with article
 
images - DNAinfo 
The Bars of Wrigleyville - 2014
Wrigleyville Bars Chicago Bar Project
Art by Brian McKelvey - Ebay
The bars and the ballpark are essential Wrigleyville along with adjacent homes & apartments on either side of the ballpark. The renovation of the ballpark and bars along Clark Street have a directly relationship not only the residents of this same enclave but Lake View as a whole not to mention the LBGTQ (gay) bars along Halsted in Boystown.
The links below each image is from the establishments Facebook presence or otherwise posted. Each link connects with their Facebook page and a Google Map location. 
Note: I have emailed each establishment for a brief bio. I am adding to this post as I receive the information.
Casey Moran's @ 3660 N Clark
The Cubby Bear @ 1059 W Addison
Sports Corner @ 956 W Addison
Murphy's Bleachers @ 3655 N Sheffield
Sluggers @ 3540 N Clark
Old Crow Steakhouse @ 3506 N Clark
John Barleycorn 3524 N Clark
photo - Chicago Bar Project
Red Ivy @ 3525 N Clark
photos - Chicago Bar Project
A new planned development called Addison & Clark finally began in 2016 that caused the closure of the historical '1914' former and renovated speakeasy section of the bar.
Moe's Cantina @ 3535 N Clark

Goose Island @ 3535 N Clark
The Irish Oak @ 3511 N Clark
Bar Celona on Clark @ 3474 N Clark
Captain Morgan Club 1060 W Addison
Part and parcel of the largest beer gardenish bar in Wrigleyville - Wrigley Field
photo - Urban Daddy
Dark Horse Tap & Grill @ 3543 N Sheffield
Same owner as the Houndstooth Saloon this bar aims to balance its sporty and sophisticated leanings. There's plenty of flat-screen TVs and in the Fall you're sure to catch Pittsburgh Steelers games Sundays. Locals who don't feel like cooking can enjoy their “neighborhood-feel” bar food complete with a wide array of food.
photo - ClubZone
photo - Yelp
photo - Wrigleyville Bar
Houndstooth Saloon @ 3369 N Clark
The Houndstooth Saloon prides itself on providing Southern hospitality to Chicago’s north side! You can eat, drink, listen to country, and cheer on Alabama because they happen to be the Chicago base for University of Alabama’s alumni.
Formerly Dos Gringos Trailer Park & Zoo Utra Bar & Grill
photo - Pinterest
and once located on the northwest corner of Clark & Newport
Houndstooth opened in 2006 and in 2010 moved 
photo - pubcrawls
photo - TimeOut
Roadhouse 66 'N Grill 3478 N Clark
formerly called the Uberstein - a German brewpub
photo - Chicago Bar Project
former location photo - planetOut 
once located 3330 N Clark with footage
photo - Wrigleyville Bars
Nisei Lounge 3439 N Clark
"Out of this somewhat uneasy arrangement, the Nisei Lounge sprouted in 1949. Founded by Kaunch Hirabayashi, the Nisei was a place for these displaced Japanese to gather among themselves and partake in the usual liturgies of neighborhood tavern life -- talking about their families and jobs and local politics, hatching plans and more generally building up, through toasts and laughter and beery debate, a place of their own. Among the regulars were veterans and former members of the "Go for Broke" 442nd -- a decorated US Army regiment made up entirely of Nisei that, barely a year after having been classified as "4-C" (alien or dual national), saw combat in the European and Mediterranean theaters." - begin reading on paragraph 16 CBS Sports
Read more about this historical bar from 
1996 article from Chicago Tribune. 
formerly known as the Rebel Bar & Grill
photo - Wrigleyville Bars
Redmond's Ale House 3358 N Sheffield
Rockit Bar & Grill 3700 N Clark

formerly known as 'The Central'
Smart Bar 3730 N Clark
located in the Metro building
The Stretch 3485 N Clark
Underground Lounge 952 W Newport
located in the Links Hall building
Vines on Clark 3554 N Clark
 HVAC Pub @ 3530 N Clark
formerly known as the Wild Hare
Yak-Zies 3710 N Clark
photo - Chicago Bar Project
the other bar 506 Diversey Parkway
Wrigleyville North @ 3900 N Sheridan Road
Now Closed as of 2015

Bar Louie Tavern & Grill @ 3545 N Clark - closed
and next door
Risque Cafe - closed
both bars were part of the planned development called 
initially Addison Park
The Yard @ 3441 N Clark - closed
photo - Wrigleyville Bars
El Jardin North 3407 N Clark - closed to be demolished due to a CTA renovation project in 2018
El Jardin South @ 3335 N Clark
photo - Robert Krueger Collection, 
Chicago Public Library - 1989
Read & view more about this establishment
from LakeView Historical - Facebook
 The 3551 N Sheffield building
a lot of changes at this location
Hi-Tops as of 2007

Harry Carey's as of 2009
an O'Malley's in 2011
and as of 2016 a Starbucks
The PianoMan 3801 N Clark 
The Biggest Bar in Wrigleyville:
Plans for Ballpark's Renovation Date Back to 1989
(click to enlarge articles)
 page 2
Read one person's 2015 perspective of  the community of  Wrigleyville and the ball park in the middle of it called 
'Four Suggestions for Exploring Wrigleyville 
Before or After You Hear “Play Ball!”'
video by WGN

* The hotel will be called the Hotel Zachery
This new Wrigley Field Plaza is to be an open area with an ice rink during the winter; open field during the summer for the days and evenings the Cubs are not in town to be meant for those in the community that would like an alternative. 
 before and after 2014
After days of lobbying for political support for the financing of the project, the Cubs on Tuesday released some early renderings of the proposed renovations and development, which include clubhouses built underneath the playing surface, the addition of several upper-deck patios facing Clark and Addison streets, wider concourses and another version of the long-awaited 'Triangle'. 
- Chicago Tribune 2010
An Area Map around Wrigley Field
(click images to enlarge)

According to sources, the plan envisions as much as $200 million in public taxpayer assistance for a $400-million rebuild of Wrigley, with officials given a menu of potential funding options to get the needed cash. - Redeye August 22, 2011. This space between the closed off section of Seminary Avenue and Clark Street was the location of a 'Coke and Coal' light manufacturing company for most of the late 19th and early 20th century. In the day when you saw the towering coal silos from afar you knew where to find the field. Below photo highlights the northwest corner of Addison and Clark - the location of the Wrigley Field hotel.
The Control of the Advertising
photo via Jeff Nichols, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Ad dollars is one of many sub-stories of the renovation and probably the most important political story of this renovation
more photos via Facebook 
photo - Restore Wrigley Field.com
In 2012 the 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney had some issues with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to relax Wrigley Field's landmark status in order to pave the way for the Chicago Cubs to drum up sponsorship and advertising revenue to finance the rehabilitation of the ballpark. Part of the Cub’s plan to get more advertising revenue in order to pay for the $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field.
 The privately owned rooftop signs vs Wrigley Field signs 
became the battle for shared revenue dollars
photo: Sports Illustrated
photo: Sports Illustrated
In 2013 new plans for the future of the park with plans for a hotel next to it! The ballpark will get a new look and a hotel to be constructed along Clark Street with McDonald's as one of the anchors to the new building. Another development was planned south of Addison that was to include a hotel but the developer back off due to the Wrigley Field plan. 
'A 650-square-foot scripted "Wrigley Field" mock-up sign, which ultimately will change to fit a new Budweiser marketing partnership, was shown as it would be if moved onto Sheffield. Given the location and size - down from the 1,000 square feet of a previous mock-up in May- "every rooftop partner on Sheffield will be able to have views inside the ballpark," spokesman Julian Green said' - per DNAinfo
A presentation from the Cubs Convention 
via Chicago Tribune and the article including photos from 
Read this article about the future of the park. It's a long story but informative and comprehensive. 
Also, read a resident's 'open letter' to the neighborhood about the 44th ward alderman's concerns on the future of the ballpark. An general agreement was reached for this
 500 million dollar renovation project for the Wrigley Field. 
The 'open letter' to the public about the general agreement to renovated the ballpark:


page 2
 page 3
Some Neighborhood Associations 
Non-Starters
The proposed walk bridge over Clark Street to the ballpark from the proposed hotel was defeated by the City Council in November 2013 with strong opposition from the Lake View neighborhood associations. The Cubs management floated an idea of a party deck over Sheffield but the same group of associations were animatedly opposed to it so it was scratched by the Cubs organization within a few months!
The Neighborhood to the City Hall
Not everyone was happy about this new ballpark changes!


photos - LakeView Patch
A protest by the field was staged near the ballpark
before the city's landmark committee meeting
A neighborhood meeting held at the 19th District Town Hall's Community Room
photos - LakeView Patch 

Scenes for the landmark committee meeting 
The Neighborhood Meetings were Continuous in 2013
 photos - Lake View Patch



That damn parking!
In 2014  one of the more important issues about the project was parking ... like where. Wrigley Field's Red and Purple lots were lost to new construction while parking on Grace Street (Brown Lot) was not to be expanded due to neighborhood opposition. A car tower was proposed on the Brown Lot location but it did not get the neighborhood association approval - additional traffic on the residential street called Grace Street was the issue. 
 This map shows the parking lots near the field as of 2014
remote lot at 3900 N. Rockwell Street (below map) was to be used more with shuttle service to the ballpark.
 public transportation map by bus and rail 2014
public transportation by the elevated
Addison and Sheridan Stations 2014
 While not forgetting the old-time tradition of using private property parking available by residents were to used as well and the relatively new 19th police district parking tower.




private parking on Broadway north of Belmont 
as alternatives

above photos - SpotHero 
In July 2013 the City Council approved the renovations. It's final approval was mostly all about money either more in advertising or tax incentives.
An Ichy Issue
In July 2014 the latest design  look, at least for now! The struggle for renovation continues between neighborhood residents & associations, roof-toppers, the alderman, and the Chicago City Council. View the other designs from the Chicago Cubs via a site called Restore Wrigley Field.com
Traditionalists vs Renovators:
 an example of the preservation struggle
(click to enlarge this article)
along with another perspective 

of the ever changing and expanding ball field
One Last look before Renovations!
photos taken 2013 - Ebay
Note: View the complete history of renovations from the beginning of this ballpark's history as well as the revolutionary 1937 scoreboard via WBEZ 91.5.
the view from Patterson Avenue & Clark Street
photo - Bob Russel via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
A Wrigleyville Christmas: the CD
Listen the the playlist below:

The Rooftoppers: 
 Its about $$ ad space and the views
photo - Stadium-Advisor

photo - ABC Eye Witness News
 Architecture Chicago Plus  2012
Architecture Chicago Plus  2012

photo 2006 - Wikipedia
The location of the rooftoppers along Sheffield Avenue
Only a two or three remained independent by April 2016 according to Curbed Chicago while the others were bought out by the Cubs organization so to control non-paid viewers and non Cub advertising dollars. 

 photo - scottishritechicago.org 

photo - The Cub Dom

photo - Chicago Now

photo - Wrigleyville Rooftops
 
interior photos of the 'Skybox' 
one of several rooftoppers on Sheffield Avenue



The 'Skybox' construction

Oh, ... but wait ... a law suit
And then the political battle became a legal one once the city approved the renovations. It would appear there was only one way to end a legal battle and that was to purchase the roof-top buildings along Sheffield Avenue. Read the history of the rooftoppers with this link.
 Law-suit be damned! 
October photos - DNAinfo
The ceremony to begin renovations occurred as planned even after the lawsuit was filed by the rooftoppers.
'When the Wrigley Field renovation project is completed, the curse on the Cubs will be broken, according to lifelong fan Trudy Achaetel. "I know for sure," said Achaetel, an Andersonville resident decked out in Cubs gear Saturday. "I feel it. But win, lose or draw, I'll be here." Achaetel, who calls herself "just a fan," twirled around on the pitcher's mound at the ballpark Saturday morning, saying "I'm worse than a 2-year-old, I'm so excited." Her excitement was shared by public officials, Cubs executives, former players and other community members, all of whom convened at the ballpark Saturday to officially break ground on the $575 million project. Though the first phase of construction started a couple of weeks ago, team representatives used the ground-breaking ceremony to share tales of the ballpark's history, and to explain why its facilities - famously panned by former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who complained the rats were as big as pigs - were due for an upgrade.' - DNAinfo
photo - Cubs: 100 A Century at Wrigley
photo - DNAinfo
Per an article from DNAinfo, 'Water, sewer and gas crews will begin excavating, repairing and installing new lines this week. Locals can expect parking restrictions and traffic snarls in coming weeks. From Thursday to Sunday, a stretch of Sheffield Avenue near Wrigley Field will be closed as city crews work on water and sewer infrastructure, according to the Cubs and Alderman Tom Tunney (44th). Starting Tuesday, the east side of the street will remain closed from 8 a.m. each day to two hours before the start of any Wrigley Field event. Personnel and equipment must be removed before games or events, the Cubs said in a statement Tunney said locals impacted by the construction can park for free in the Cubs' Green Lot, 1126 W. Grace Street, on nonevent days. To be eligible, people must live in an area bordered by Addison to the south, Racine and Clark to the west, Irving Park to the north, and Wilton to the east. Neighbor-parking applications are available in the Cubs office at 3712 N. Clark Street. 
The goal is to debut a bleacher expansion, five outfield signs and two video boards by Opening Day 2015, said Julian Green, a spokesman for the team. Construction crews also will lay the foundation for a 30,000-square-foot underground players clubhouse, slated to debut in 2016.'
 
 photos - GameDayr in October 2014 
a narrower street today due to the expansion east
2016 photo - Lori K. Jones via Original Chicago-Facebook
A Small Conservation Project:
Restoring the Caretakers' House
'The Chicago Cubs moved the historic caretaker's house back to its original location at the northwest corner of Wrigley Field. The building was supposed to be returned by Opening Day, but cold weather has delayed many aspects of the first phase of renovations, including the completion of the bleachers. It took over three hours to move the structure a couple hundred feet south, with construction crews using large steel plates in the path of travel to help distribute the weight and prevent [a drop] in the rain-soaked ground. As the house inched along, Wrigleyville residents paused at the sight, asking workers what was happening. Some, of course, snapped photos.' - per an article from DNAinfo
a retro postcard from my personal collection of the house
photo - Chicago Tribune
below photo - ABC EyeWitness News
More Legal Problems Continue

The struggle with the rooftoppers have intensified since the rooftoppers threatened a lawsuit to an existing contract with the former owners (Chicago Tribune) of the ballpark and the Chicago Cubs. Apparently, some of the owners of the existing rooftopps owed the city some taxes according to ABC Eye Witness News via Crain's Chicago Business that includes foreclosure proceedings. Curbed Chicago reported the names of the businesses involved getting their latest news from site called SB Nation via their Twitter page 
On January 2015 Wrigley Field owner buys some rooftop businesses on Sheffield and Waveland probably to end a potential lawsuit and competition. Also, this month some of the rooftoppers filed in court for a financial judgment as well as injunction relief that prohibits the Cubs from blocking the views into Wrigley from the rooftops. According to a local press publication called Inside Booster-Facebook the rooftop owners repeated many of the arguments lodged in that suit in the latest filing, saying “unlike other applicants, the Cubs’ proposals were rushed through without the customary review because all city departments were directed to give the Cubs whatever they wanted.”
photo - Curbed Chicago
“The rats have been running rampant. I’m not kidding you,” (area resident Terie) Kata said. “There are people in the alley and there are still rats running around and it’s daylight.”
In March 2015 'A federal judge denied the request of Wrigleyville rooftop owners to block sign construction at Wrigley Field. During a hearing early Thursday, Judge Virginia Kendall said the owners of Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club did not prove the video board and signs would permanently cost them business or demonstrate a need for the temporary restraining order prior to a May hearing, the AP reported' according to DNAinfo.
Winter construction delays in the news. The initial construction along Sheffield will not be done til after the opener. The 24/7 construction cycle gave way to mayoral election. The rooftoppers were on the offensive on the construction of signage along Sheffield.
all photos below - Wrigley Renovations-Facebook


 




View a WGN video from a helicopter with this link of the field from above and read about the 42 foot tall new video board.
No Longer Needed
The house that advertised that once advertised for the Ricketts Restaurant (once located on Clark Street just south of Diversey), Budweiser, WGN, and United Airlines from its' own roof top and seen by patrons from the baseball field and TV screens is now history due to the jumbo advertising sign that was installed in front of it. 
View an aerial view of the building via WGN TV.
photos - unknown source

photos below - Wrigley Renovation-Facebook
No more Legalities
photo - Chicago Cubs via Chicagolist
In April 2015 the final score on signage dispute was finally over. The legal game and court battle was apparently over with no other concerns but to continue and on schedule.
photo below - Tim Benker via Cubs 100: A Century at Wrigley

testing the Jumbotron days before season opener
 Gourmet Food Diversification
There will be more food & drink choices this year 
that are not only just gluten free
 a pre 2015 photo - Kim vs Gluten blog
Aerial Spring 2015 Photos
 during construction via Chicago Cubs-Facebook
view east towards the lakefront

view north to northeast

view east to northeast

view northwest

 view west to northwest above view west below

First Game of the Renovation 2015
photo -  Cubs 100: A Century at Wrigley-Facebook
The first game of the renovation season was not the best. The Cubs lost and so did the fans that day; part of the  construction growing pains, I guess. According to DeadSpin some fans had to use cups.
But The Jumbotron Works

photos -  Cubs 100: A Century at Wrigley-Facebook

like a big TV screen in the sky
photo - Cub Hub-Facebook
new tradition begins in the park! 
When the Cubs win a game a 'W' light remains 
There are some views still to be had
photo - Wrigley View Rooftop
New Bleachers Almost Installed
photo - Wrigley Renovations-Facebook
first game with new bleachers with a home run to boot
photo - Wrigley Renovations-Facebook
June Palm

The Brick Paver Scandal
photo - Pontiac Daily Leader
Called Brick-gate
By Ariel Cheung
We'd call it Brickgate if we weren't so tired of the "gate" suffix being attached to every  minor scandal in the news. On Tuesday, The Pontiac Daily Leader reported the discovery of Wrigley Field personalized pavers in the central Illinois city. Rumor was that some Pontiac residents picked up the pavers at the local landfill.
Word (and outrage) spread pretty quickly, even getting some attention from national outlets like Deadspin, who decried the discovery of bricks dedicated to loved ones — one inscribed to Nick with "love forever" from Grandma.
"Well, the Cubs just made a sucker out of your sweet grandma, because they threw that brick in the garbage," wrote Deadspin's Samer Kalaf. Luckily, the Brick Brouhaha should calm down fairly quickly, now that the Cubs have assured fans (again) that their beloved bricks will be replaced during the renovations. In March, the team said the pavers would be relocated to the area outside the Budweiser Bleachers on Sheffield and Waveland avenues. The Cubs sent letters to owners of the bricks explaining the replacements should be ready by Opening Day 2016.
About half of the 12,000 bricks were damaged in the removal and disposed of in Pontiac, said Cubs spokesman Julian Green. Due to the damage, the pavers could not be returned to their owners, he said. However, Green said the bricks ending up in the hands of Pontiac residents was certainly unintended.
"I want to make sure to point out our vendor believes these pavers were taken from the site by unknown individuals without authorization. We knew they would be damaged during the removal process, which is why we communicated we were replacing them in the first place, but we did not anticipate someone taking them for misguided purposes," Green said in an email.
A Hole in the Earth in June 2015
photo - Wrigley Renovations on Facebook
photo below - DNAinfo
Jumbotron at the Final Stages

photos - Wrigley Renovations
the bleachers are ready 
photo - Carrie Muskat @ Twitter
Also this month the notoriously hard-partying inhabitants of the bleachers at Wrigley Field faced shorter lines to get 
food & beer.  Reviews of the new space via Curb Chicago.
In July 2015 'Platform 14' now will now have gourmet food provided during a game. Per DNAinfo 'on Friday morning, the Chicago Cubs unveiled a new lineup of concessions at Wrigley Field with a familiar face in the mix: beloved sausage king Hot Doug, who announced that his famous sausages will be available at it the stadium's new concession stand. Doug Sohn, founder of Hot Doug's, which closed to enormous lines in October, said that as a lifetime fan, opening the stand at the Chicago Cubs' home field was like a dream come true.'
July 4, 2015
by Nuccio DiNuzzo via Chicago Tribune
A new tradition for the field occurred on July 4th 
after a winning game
In August 2015 noisy construction started before 7 a.m., violating city laws prohibiting disruptive noise between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. "Business should not impede our quality of life. There's no reason and no excuse that there are jack hammers and leaf blowers going off at midnight," said Wrigleyville's Terie Kata. Along with post-game cleanup noise, Kata said noisy construction work starts before 7 a.m., violating city laws prohibiting disruptive noise between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Also at issue is sound levels from the new video board, which Kata said disrupts neighbors even when windows are closed with the Cubs origination denying an infraction according to a DNAinfo article.
Also, at issue is sound levels from the new video board, which disrupts neighbors even when windows are closed according to a resident who lives near by. 
Also, that month a Cubs vs Tigers game was delayed around 8:15 p.m., just after the National Weather Service warned of strong thunderstorms approaching at 50 mph. The game resumed after a more than two-hour rain delay. Were the gods angry over the renovations.

The Cubs organization reported that the Japanese vehicle manufacturer will have its logo on the panel beneath the Wrigley Field marquee at Clark and Addison, the team said. Toyota will also have in-game rotational signs behind home plate and on the left field video board, while continuing to sponsor in-game manager challenges and umpire reviews. Beginning in 2016, the company will have field-level signs and naming rights to the team's parking lots, which are currently color-coded.
In September 2015 the Cubs may have lost to the Pirates 4-0 on Saturday, but they still got to party, celebrating their first trip to the post-season since 2008. And hundreds of fans who stayed to join in the fun got sprayed with champagne, thanks to catcher David Ross according to MLB.com
On October 17th
A snip from one of the videos above
watching an' hoping
photos - DNAinfo
It's been a storybook season - new life for the Cubs 
along with a new vision for the ballpark. 
The Cubs are moving on!
by DNAinfo
'And Wrigleyville celebrated — responsibly, for the most part. The Cubs, in the one-game playoff, mowed down the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Wednesday night. Jake Arrieta pitched a complete game, stole a base and was in the middle of a bench-clearing showdown after getting hit with a pitch. After it was over, fans in Wrigleyville bars flooded the streets. Clark Street was packed with ecstatic fans. They swarmed outside Wrigley Field, bathed in blue lights of police cars. They jumped on top of each other and on cars. They poured beer and screamed. The Cubs are moving on in the playoffs.'
photos below - DNAinfo
Almost that Year
The Stats by ESPN 
Back to Those Renovations 
in November 2015
Construction continues in earnest once again with traffic closures and reduction in traffic flow. 
Closures and lane reductions:
• Waveland Avenue from Clark to Seminary, Nov. 2-April 10
• The south section of the alley east of Clifton will be closed north of Waveland, Nov. 2-April 10
• Clark Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane during construction at the intersection of Clark and Waveland
• Clifton will be closed at Waveland, Nov. 2-Dec. 7
• Clark will be reduced to one lane going north at Waveland. Southbound traffic diverted north of Waveland, Nov. 2-Dec. 7.
• The north curb lane of Addison will be closed from Sheffield to Clark, Nov. 2-April 10

Also, the iconic sign is removed temporary as a major rehab year begins soon. View more photos with the texted link.
rendition of the Plaza - DNAinfo
'This year, work is focused on the office building, a state-of-the-art team clubhouse and the plaza, which some hope will become a town square for the neighborhood for events and gatherings. The Cubs envision hosting farmers markets and children's movies on non-game nights and creating an ice rink in the winter. Beyond that, they'd like to host up to 25 larger-scale events on the plaza per year and allow people to carry alcohol within its perimeter. But that depends on what neighbors will agree to' according to DNAinfo.
According to Curbed Chicago, Similar to the video boards and the landmark marquee at the entrance of the ballpark, the new Cubs Plaza will sport corporate signage and take the name of its sponsor once it has been opened to the public.
 Wrigley Field naked
and later wrapped and hidden from view
2 photos - Cubs 100 A Century At Wrigley
Chris Cullen via Picture Of Chicago-Facebook
the new admin center taking shape next 
to the field between old section of Seminary Avenue
Less & less Rooftop Independents
Ricketts now majority owner of the Roof-Top companies
 before and after
Rooftop ownership via Curbed Chicago
Lights, Camera ... Action!
The 20th season of the TV program called Bachelor aired on January 2016 featured our very own Wrigley Field
The Plaza Construction
via Wrigley Renovations-Facebook
 
 
 
 
 
all 2016 photos - Wrigley Renovations-Facebook
the old caretaker house surrounded 
& overshadowed by construction 
2016 photo - Brian Weber via LakeView Historical-Facebook
Bye Bye to McDonald's at Least for Now
An Obituary

2016 photo - Second City Chicago Network
photo - Loria K. Jones via Original Chicago-Facebook

2016 photo - via Southport Corridor News & Events
with a video view from DNAinfo
view of Clark Street looking north
2016 photo - DNAinfo
2014 Google Map views
Taco Bell soon to be Gone as Well
located on 1111 W Addison/west of Clark
to be replaced with ....
2016 photo - Google Map
the Taco site in red 
along with all the other developments in white
Now Let's Review
This Chicago Tribune article maps out the changes to the field from 2015-2018 if kept on schedule. View what the numbers mean from the link above.
Phase 1 in 2015

Phase 2 in 2016 
Phase 3 in 2017

phase 4 in 2018
What's Next Outside the Field
Read and view more from the Redeye
 Across the Street along Addison
a photo rendition - Curbed Chicago 
'With this week's acquisition of the final needed tract of land for the project, demolition will begin in the next two months on the project just south of Wrigley Field along Addison and Clark streets. Construction is expected to begin immediately after the site is clear and will take about two years, developers said Monday. While the project has been known as Addison Park on Clark for years, developers introduced it Monday as Addison & Clark' - per a DNAinfo March 2016
Another Development on Clark Street
The Wheel House
3469 - 3475 N Clark Street
under construction in 2016 - a Google image below
photo - Curbed Chicago
Fine Dining & Drinking 2016 Season 
 photos - DNAinfo
Marquee Returns in April 2016
with a time lapse video view - Chicago Tribune
photo - DNAinfo
Two Chicago permits were issued to re-install the marquee per Chicago CityScape – a online organization that watchdogs the permit process in Chicago
Project Description: Baseball stadium; new exterior          steel framing to reinstall historic marquee over the main entrance southwest corner worth $450k.
Project Description: Wrigley field marquee sign with     EMC as per landmark stamped plans and approval conditions worth 450k.
 below photo - Briangarza1/Instagram 

via Southport Corridor & News Events
A Clubhouse is Done for the Opener
Terror Spot for Opening Day Opener?
'Taping an appearance on WLS 890-AM’s April 2016 the public-affairs program “Connected to Chicago,” [Congressman] Quigley mentioned new rules from Major League Baseball calling for fans to go through metal detectors, adding, “I think Opening Day you'll see more metal detectors [at Wrigley] than at any park in baseball, but this will present other issues,” perhaps with lines of fans “spilling into the street.” Quigley also said that, with Wrigley being within 6 feet of the street at one point, that made it “about as big a target as any we could imagine.” Quigley suggested Clark and Addison streets be closed to traffic or at least bus-only before, during and after games, a concept floated by team management at the Cubs Convention in January, but rejected thus far by the Emanuel administration.' - DNAinfo
2016 Opener During Construction
 both photos - DNAinfo
This was the first opener during an entire year of
continued renovations with a few years more to go ....
April 11, 2017
by DNAinfo
'Iron sunbursts, metal detectors and a brand-new clubhouse greeted the Chicago Cubs upon their return to Wrigley Field in the season home opener Monday, which the Cubs rallied to win 5-3. Renovation crews worked furiously to ready a half-finished plaza, new ticket offices and a refreshed facade in time for the 7:05 p.m. game against the Cincinnati Reds, Cubs spokesman Julian Green said. "Fans will see the ballpark returned to its majesty of the 1930s," Green said.'
photos below - DNAinfor




Watch the Renovations via Twitter
(like Facebook you needed to register to view)
photos - Wrigley Aerials-Twitter
A May 9 2014 before noticeable construction
the famous advertised roof on Waveland
 March 29 2016 - Still needed to break ground for hotel

the intersection of Addison and Clark streets

moving westward 
view west along Clark Street of future plaza
View northwest from Clark Street of future hotel/plaza site

view north & westward along Clark Street 

the when know vintage filing station on Patterson/Clark
photo - Roadside Architecture
A vintage 'cottage style' building was once a much larger  former Gulf Oil Filing Station on Clark Street and Patterson Avenue is now surrounded by construction 
with a fate unclear. By 2016 the garages were replaced with only the office remains.
a 2009 Google Map view along with
a zoomed view below
the filing station property as it look in 2009 via Google Maps
and below a 1950 Sanborn Fire Map view of it
a 2017 Google Map view
A Look at 2016/May
Beer or not to Bare
image - Chicago Tribune
'Following a terse response from Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) cautioning against the Wrigley Field plaza's application for a patio liquor license, the team's owners fired back with an appeal to neighbors Monday. The Ricketts family owns Hickory Street Capital, which will handle operations of the plaza and the hotel across the street. In an email to Wrigleyville neighbors, Hickory Street heralded the plaza's "long-awaited opening," which it promise would turn "a once-abandoned area into a celebrated open space." The Cubs' concessionaire filed for an outdoor patio liquor license on Thursday, skirting stalled negotiations with Tunney and community leaders over the Wrigley Field plaza ordinance.'
- per a DNA article May 9th 2016
From the Alderman on the Subject
'Dear Neighbors, [the Alderman Tunney's office]
As you may know, the Cubs have applied for an Outdoor Patio License on the plaza adjacent to Wrigley Field along Clark Street.  We have heard from a number of concerned neighbors about the size and scope of this outdoor patio and the lack of any specifics on operations and security measures from the Cubs. I am also very concerned with the ability to serve alcohol to thousands of people on the plaza [as a patio] every day of the year until 11pm on weeknights and midnight on weekends.  The size of this patio is unprecedented in Chicago with an estimated occupancy of up to 6000 people; while currently, the largest outdoor patio in the city holds roughly 250.  Prior to this application, we had been working with the Cubs, community leaders and City departments to craft a Sports Plaza Ordinance. The ordinance is designed to create a new license that allows for limited alcohol sales in conjunction with baseball games and stadium concerts while offering events and amenities for the community to enjoy. The ordinance regulates the hours, limits offerings to beer and wine, regulates the points of sale, mandates security measures, and sets noise limitations on the plaza.' – Alderman Tom Tunney 2016 June
image - DNAinfo
Compromise Reached on the Plaza
The agreement permits the Cubs to operate the plaza with different hours on game days and for special events. The new proposal would still require fans to have tickets to get on the plaza, but it would sell beer and wine until one hour after the game ends. Previously, alcohol sales were to be cut off at the same time as inside the ballpark — after the seventh inning. - DNAinfo article June 2016
Some News on the Cubs 2016
2016 photo - New York Times
photo - Ian Common via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
 photo - Ian Common via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
photo - Ian Common via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
‘While the Cubs’ .769 winning percentage is extraordinary, it is not completely off the charts. Last year’s leaders through the games of May 3, the Cardinals, were at .750, and most leaders at this point in recent times were around .700. There is always a hot team or two at the beginning of the season, and many of them fade. What is different this year is that the Cubs are backing up their record by winning their games by large margins.’ - per linked article from the New York Times

who wears short shorts via Chicago Cubs-Facebook
We are on Jeopardy
2016 photo - Lori K. Jones via Original Chicago-Facebook

with comments about the show
Our Arch Rival 2016
Still a threat 
photo - Jerry Carroll via Pictures of Chicago
below photo - Chicago Cub Fans-Facebook
Plans for New Tenants
by Chicago Crain's
American Airlines 1914 Club
The excavation for this space began in November 2016. The baseball diamond area was torn-up per this video from WGN.
with photo - Chicago Tribune

The Hotel Zachary
aka the Cubs Hotel
3630 N Clark Street
photos - DNAinfo
“The goal of our development is to create a town hub, where families, fans and visitors find entertainment, great food and daily attractions in an urban park setting," said Crane Kenney, chairman of Hickory Street Capital & president of Cubs business operations. The hotel will partner with restaurant groups like One Off Hospitality (Big Star), 4 Star Restaurant Group (Crosby's Kitchen), Folkart Restaurant Management (Yusho) and West Town Bakery to fill the 238,000-square-foot building ' - DNAinfo

Chicago Tribune images - Garry Albrecht
renderings - DNAinfo

Was There Any Doubt 2016?
The Cub's Year to WIN is Finally Here!!
photo - Dolores Davison Schroeder 
via Original Chicago-Facebook
2016 photo - NBC Chicago
waiting for it ...
2016 photo - DNAinfo
preparing for it ...
2016 photo - DNAinfo
photo - ABC7 Chicago
no doubt in my mind :)
photo - Chicago History-Facebook
photo - Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images via NBC Chicago 
'The Cubs can now finish no worse than in a tie with the Nationals for best record in the National League. The Cubs hold a tiebreaker over Washington for home-field advantage, as they won the season series between the two teams by a 5-2 margin.' Read more this NBC Chicago article.
Our New Song for the Playoffs
Shoe and Chicago Cubs:
when the Cubs did suck
image via By Hand Media
This comic book was published in 1988 shortly after the lights were installed at Wrigley Field and the team 
had a more then recent history of 'sucking'. 
This book is from my personal collection

 These were a few selection pages from the comic book
'After an historic, come-from-behind win to clinch their National League Division Series, the Cubs celebrated through the night and arrived in Wrigleyville at dawn to a throng of ecstatic fans. The Cubs scored four runs in the 9th inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5, taking the best-of-5 series 3 games to 1. After partying on the field, dumping champagne and beer on each in the locker room, the players headed back to Wrigley Field. Some got on the jet still soaked. The team will face either the Washington Nationals or the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, which begins Saturday at Wrigley Field. The Nationals-Dodgers series is tied 2-2.' - DNAinfo
 construction continues during the playoffs

What The Cubs Mean To Me: Cub Fans Share Their Favorite Memories
by DNAinfo - October 2016
We asked Cubs fans to share their favorite memories of their favorite team. Fans provided some vivid memories of their time at Wrigley Field, how the Cubs have been a key facet of their lives and how their late relatives would have loved this year's team. Check out the responses below.
"This picture is of me and my dad, Tim. It was taken by our neighbor in 1983, I was around 2 years old. My parents raised me as a Cubs fan from the moment i left my mother's womb. Dad passed away from colon cancer in 2010 and wasn't able to see what we all saw [Saturday] in his lifetime. We would have and should have watched this game together. I cried like a baby after the final double play and will cry even harder when the Cubs win the world series. My first thoughts are always about him and all of the Cubs games we watched and went to." - David Guyon, Montclare

We would get there early for batting practice — all 5 of us — and stay until the last out of the second game of a doubleheader. We always sat in the upper deck along the first-base line so we could see into the Cubs' dugout, and because the tickets were cheap. My mom brought tuna sandwiches and apples for us kids, and her needlepoint and New Yorker magazine because she knew we were in it for the long haul. My dad got us all scorecards because you can't go to a game if you don't keep score. We could see the guys on the rooftops, sitting in their lawn chairs and grilling on little hibachis. There were "bums" in the bleachers, and vast swaths of empty seats. Sometimes my brother and sister and I got bored and we ran around in our section. There was plenty of room to run. And grumble and curse and dream of a day when our team wouldn't suck so bad. "Don't say 'suck,'" my mom would say. "It's so vulgar."
"They're our team, win or lose. We don't mind suffering. We are diehard fans," my dad would remind us on the (many) occasions when they lost even though it looked like it took a lot out of him to say it. And when they won, he would smile and buy us ice cream in little plastic novelty Cubs hats and he'd joke around with the vendors and the Andy Frain ushers in their blue uniforms with the ties and jackets with the gold buttons.
The season always ended with the mantra "wait 'til next year". And the next years came and they went and there was more waiting and more turns around the sun and everything changed at the ballpark except that phrase: wait til next year. They flirted with success a time or two. And I was there at Game 6 in 2003, when the World Series was in reach and a bunch of guys got spooked by a foul ball and a goat and a million or so people who got spooked along with them. When they lost Game 7 the next night, my dad left me a voicemail message. "It's your old dad. I'm going to bed. I'm sorry I ever made you a Cubs fan."

So tonight, when I called that guy — my dad, the one who made me a Cub fan, the stoic lawyer who sees the downside, the catch, the cloud in every silver lining — and that man said, "Isn't it wonderful?" and then his voice broke and quivered and he said that he loved us all, and then caught himself and warned us of everything that could go wrong in Cleveland...well, today I can honestly say I'm happy he made me a Cubs fan. - Lindsay Porter, West Ridge
via Scott Stantis on Twitter
below via Chicago History-Facebook
Now on to the World Series
It was a nail-biter from the very beginning

'They partied outside Wrigley Field stadium after the Curse of the Billy Goat - supposedly placed on the Cubs by a disgruntled fan - was finally lifted. The team's decades in the wilderness had become the stuff of legend. In the 1989 film Back to the Future II, a 2015 World Series win for the Chicago team was dubbed a "long shot". That long shot came one step closer on Saturday when the Cubs beat the Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. They will now meet the American League champions, the Cleveland Indians, for the first game of the World Series on Tuesday. Most of the fans celebrated peacefully, with many taking selfies in front of the stadium, but one person was arrested after climbing a traffic pole, and several others were detained after letting off fireworks. The win is a boost for a city with a more sombre reputation in recent years, overtaking Los Angeles and New York in terms of gang murders.' - BBC News - US & Canada
Won the Pennant after 71 Years
 
photos - Garry Albrecht 
arriving by train before the game at the CTA Addison Station
photo - Emanuel Torres, Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
via Jron Samayoa, Original Chicago-Facebook
Some celebrative photos from DNAinfo and a
rendition of 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' by the CSO
photo - DNAinfo 
photo - DNAinfo

 photo - DNAinfo
 photo - DNAinfo photo - DNAinfo

photo - DNAinfo

photo - DNAinfo
photo - DNAinfo
 photo - DNAinfo
photo - DNAinfo
both photos - DNAinfo 
Flying the W in Pictures
photos via Chicago Tribune article 
The Series Continue & So Does 
the Construction
photos - Garry Albrecht








 After 108 Long Faithful Years!
photo - Garry Albrecht
'The players arrived by bus around 6 a.m. to the cheers of fans. Many never left the streets around the ballpark after the Cubs' thrilling extra-inning victory. "Rizzo! Rizzo!" people screamed as the first baseman raised the Commissioner's Trophy. Later, people reached past a line of officers to touch the trophy as he walked by. "I touched it!" one man bragged after Anthony Rizzo swept by. Other players, like pitcher Jake Arrieta, waved to the crowd or raised an index finger to show: We're No. 1. "I said we gotta be here when they come back to welcome them back home," said Bill Pryek, 71, of Wrigleyville, who stood in the crowd with his wife. "They're not only bringing home the championship, but just to see these guys who did so well for us. Unbelievable. Every one of them." Pryek and his wife live across the street from Wrigley Field. During Game 7, he was sitting on the edge of his chair, he said. He's been a Cubs fan his whole life and was born in 1946 — the year after the Cubs last appeared in the World Series. "At my age, it doesn't take a whole heck of a lot of stress," he joked, alluding to the tense last innings of Game 7. Officers, who stood between the players and buses and the fans gathered to see them, snapped photos and video of the scene. They looked at each other's videos afterward and talked about what they had seen. The night had gone quickly, one officer said to another, smiling, and it had been one of the best nights he'd worked. Nearby, two Cubs fans joked they had enjoyed Game 7 — but they wondered who was going to end up winning Game 8. - DNAinfo article
A Cubs fan celebrates on a traffic light at the intersection of Clark & Addison after the Cubs won the 
National League Championship according to WBEZ
2016 celebratory postcard - Ebay
a new winning team along with a new ballpark
view the scenes via Chicago Cubs-Facebook
photo - Business Leader
photo - NBC News
photo - ABC7 News

 Matt Slucom Associated Press via Chicago Tribune
along with a video from Chicago Cubs-Facebook

photo of Bill Murray - Denver Post
photo - DNAinfo
photo - DNAinfo
 photo - DNAinfo
 photo - DNAinfo
 photo - DNAinfo
photo - DNAinfo
photos - Chicago Cubs on Twitter
The parade began at Wrigley Field and ended in Grant Park
View over 100 hundred photos of the WIN as well as the parade! via LakeView Historical - my presence of Facebook
a community expression of thanks
photo - Kansas City Star
photo - Chicago Patch
photo - Chicago Tribune
photos - DNAinfo

photo - Chicago Tribune

photos - DNAinfo
photo - Fox Sports

photos - DNAinfo
photo - SunTimes
photo below - DNAinfo

by Chicago Cubs-Facebook
photo - USA Today
Meet baby Wrigley Rose
Ellen's World Series Prediction
The World Series is coming up, so Ellen Degeneres turned to her foolproof & shirtless method to predict the winner. Will
it be the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians? The Cubs
third baseman Kris Bryant and Catcher David Ross joined Ellen in another & later to celebrate their team's historic World Series victoryIn this second show Stephanie won tickets to the World Series at Murphy's Bleachers by winning Ellen's "Deep Dish Dig," with plenty of toppings.
Renovations Continue 
with a 1914 vs 2016 View
image - Chicago History Museum
and below video link from WGN 9 News
and a photo photo below - Wrigley Renovations-Facebook
Working on the Hotel Zachary 
photo - Obama via Twitter 
'The team broke a 108-year drought and won the World Series this year, earning itself an invitation to D.C. from President Barack Obama. A majority of the team's roster made the trip. Needless to say, the social-media-loving Cubs cracked jokes and shared photos. Javier Baez teased that Obama, a Sox fan, should be "ready for the Cubbies," while Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo poked fun at David Ross' less-than-full head of hair. Obama got a few of his own digs in, too. "They said this day would never come," Obama told a crowd while welcoming the Cubs, garnering laughter. "I will say to the Cubs, it took you long enough. "... Even I was not crazy enough to suggest that during these eight years we would see the Cubs win the World Series." - DNAinfo article
Regular College Football at Wrigley?
photo - DNAinfo
College football will return to Wrigley Field in November 2020, Cubs President Crane Kenney told the Chicago Tribune, with Northwestern hosting multiple Big Ten games the team's "first priority." Kenney also said the Cubs "absolutely" intend to begin hosting an annual bowl game.
Cubs Convention 2017
Point 1: Colin Faulkner, vice president of sales and marketing, said the lucrative resale market created "an incentive for people to commit fraud," something the team found "disheartening" in turning away fans with printed tickets that turned out to be phony. For that reason, he said, the Cubs would be phasing out print-at-home tickets this season in favor of a Major League Baseball ticket app.
Point 2: The reconstruction would ultimately lend itself to 40 percent more bathrooms and eight more elevators. Rice said they'd eventually have 11 elevators at the park, including "sub elevators" from level to level. "We are sensitive to that issue," Ricketts said in regards to making the historic older stadium accessible to fans with disabilities. - DNAinfo
Aerial Views 2017
by Wrigley Aerials-Facebook
with a time-laps video
 all photos - Wrigley Renovation-Facebook


Alderman and Cubs Spar Again
rendering - Chicago Cubs MLB
'The triangle-shaped plaza on the west side of the ballpark should be ready by [2017] mid-season, team officials said Monday during the Cubs' annual preseason community meeting' but the Ricketts are still not satisfied with the limit of access to the plaza for those who do not have game or concert tickets. Below is a YouTube clip from 2017 - waiting for a bus to arrival during the winter.
potential closure to Clark & Addison Streets
A 2016 issue arises anew for the 2017 season:
“Life is about balancing safety and economics. We work very closely with the police department. They are the ultimate arbiter of when these streets come down. We have many, many meetings on this issue — with Homeland Security, FBI and local officials. At the end of the day, they’re the ones that make the call. Not the Cubs.” - view link for the entire article
A New Look for the Cubs
photo - fan club T-shirt
Plaza to a Park
The Park at Wrigley
along with a
timelaps video
Follow the story as of March 2017 from the links above
photo - Wayne Johnson-Facebook 
photo - Wayne Johnson-Facebook 
According to DNAinfo the plaza will open April 10th and 'host a weekly farmers market during the summer, bi-weekly music programs and six family movie nights. Hickory Street Capital, a real estate company owned by the Ricketts family, will operate the plaza and the adjacent Hotel Zachary.'
by DNAinfo
photo - DNAinfo
'At Sheffield Counter along right field, hot dogs will come topped with crisp pork belly, pickled ginger aioli and Korean kimchi. The Pilsen dog features roasted corn and lime cilantro aioli, while a Bao Wao dog has pickled daikon and carrot, sriracha aioli, cilantro and mint. The healthy-minded can chow down on a grilled chicken sandwich topped with a sweet chili glaze, Asian slaw and sautéed pineapple.'
 a comprehensive video by Chicago Cubs
 a new west entrance among a view

the Hotel Zachary across the street is rising
photo - Garry Albecht 
and the plaza all most completed

 
 
photo below - Eddie Marchesoni
via Picture of Chicago-Facebook
First Home Opener 2017
We Won!
David Banks AP via WBEZ
photos below - DNAinfo
Raising the Champion Flag
Greg Siewert via Original Chicago-Facebook 
photo below - Chicago Cubs
Cash $$$ Only Clubs
Four of Them
 both photos indicated the pathways to the clubs
 below is a rendition of the most exclusive ...
Club 1914
A Fountain in the Plaza
by Wayne Johnson
below photo - Lauren Wood 
via Southport Corridor News & Events
More Food Options




Beyond Home Plate 
2017 photos - Greg O'Neill


4 of July 2017
photo-Joellen Simon Picture of Chicago-Facebook
Charity Begins at Home
"On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman," the Cubs told WGN in a statement. "We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series. While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today." - via WGN TV
"Gary Pressy playing the organ at Wrigley Field stands as one of the many great traditions that make this ballpark so special," said Cubs spokesman Julian Green. "Much like the ivy on the outfield walls, the famous red marquee or the hand-operated scoreboard, millions of fans travel each season to enjoy these iconic sights and sounds."
Kris Bryant: # 25
photo - MLB.com
 Sue Ondas via Picture of Chicago-Facebook 2017
Rainout for Game 4 - DNAinfo
before Game 4 - photo by Brad Lippitz
Cubs Fail To Knock Out Nationals; NLDS Leaves Rainy Wrigleyville For D.C. 
by Jessica McCabe - DNAinfo October 11 2017
The Cubs lost Game 4 of the National League Division Series Wednesday, disappointing fans that braved the rain with hopes of a clinching celebration in Wrigleyville. The Washington Nationals beat the Cubs 5-0. The game featured a decisive grand slam in the eighth inning by Michael Taylor that quashed the Cubs' hopes. The series is tied 2-2, and they'll play in Washington, D.C., at 7:08 p.m. Thursday for the right to go to the National League Championship Series. The loss means the team won't return to Wrigley Field this year unless the Cubs win the decisive Game 5. It left plenty of sad fans in its wake, too. “It sucked," said Maddy Bednar, of Evanston, who watched at the Brickhouse Tavern in Lakeview. "It was bad to watch. The people around us were just miserable. Toward the end, the Cubs just let it slip.”
But then it happened ....
We Still do not Suck Anymore!
Game 5 2017 photo - Chicago Tribune
'This was an insane, sloppy, entertaining game. The Nationals led 4-1 after two, then later trailed 8-4 heading into their part of the sixth. The two sides would continue trading blows from there. The Nationals would make it 8-6 through six. Then the Cubs made it 9-6 in the seventh before the Nationals answered with a run in each of the seventh and eighth innings. Entering the ninth, it was a 9-8 affair and the game felt wide open. Consider that the two sides combined
to use 14 pitchers.' - MLB CBS Sports
below photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
Let's do it Again in 2017!
photo - LA Times
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
  photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
  photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
The Same as Last Year:
construction continues during the playoffs
photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom
 photo - DNAinfo article
photo - Wrigley Aerial/Twitter via BuildingUpChicagoDotCom
  photos - DNAinfo article
Owner Ricketts signing the final beam
Game 3 of 7
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
Score of Game 3 at Home - third loss
Maureen Martino, Director of Lake View East Chamber of Commerce, adds a note to the Cubs Wall in 2017
Game 4 at Home 
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
video from ABC Eye Witness News
Not this year friends
'The Chicago Cubs lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, and the Dodgers advanced to the World Series. After years of playoff heartache, there was just no stopping this group of Dodgers. With Kershaw firing away at the top of a deep pitching staff and Justin Turner anchoring a tough lineup, one of baseball's most storied franchises captured its first pennant since Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda managed Los Angeles to its last championship in 1988.' - ABC News
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
True then, true now!
 image - Pinterest
  photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
  photos - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
The Rink is now Re-opened for 2017
the old Ice Rink now in 'Wrigley at the Park'
2017 both photos - Wrigley Aerial/Twitter
'The 'Park at Wrigley' will transform into a winter wonderland and offer a series of winter programming starting Friday, November 24. The inaugural 'Winterland at the Park' will welcome neighbors, families and visitors to skate, shop, eat and celebrate this holiday season. As part of the winter-themed attractions, the Park will welcome the return of the popular Wrigleyville ice skating rink, debut a third location of the iconic 'Christ-kind-market' and host a variety of outdoor, family-friendly programming. Programming dates, times and other details can be found at 'ParkatWrigley.com'.'
Their programs for 2017-2018
per their newsletter
  via Southport Corridor News and Events
 via Southport Corridor News and Events
 via Southport Corridor News and Events
  via Southport Corridor News and Events
Renovations continue Post 2017 Season
 2018 photos - Wrigley Renovations-Facebook
Their Still 'To Do List' 
Structural Improvements
*Continued Terrace Reserved Seating Replacement
*American Airlines 1914 Club for 2018
*Maker's Mark Barrel Room for 2019
*The W Club for 2019
*Catalina Club for 2019
*Enhancements to the Suite Level
*Expanded concessions
along with the completion of the hotel
and the private development on Clark/Addison
December photos by Wrigley Aerial - Twitter  
 photo - Wrigley Aerial/Twitter
  photo - Wrigley Aerial/Twitter
  photo - Wrigley Aerial/Twitter
 photo - Wrigley Aerial/Twitter
 photo - Wrigley Aerial/Twitter
December 2017 view - Wrigley Aerial/Twitter
  photo - Wrigley Aerial/Twitter
with a view of the Wrigley Field hotel on the northwest corner of Clark and Addison Street 
called the Hotel Zachary
photos - Curbed Chicago
photos - Wrigley Aerial/Twitter
The above photo is the private development called 
Addison & Clark
below photo - an aerial view of  Wrigleyville
The Hotel Zachery Opens
in March 2018
photo via Southport Corridor News & Events
photo - Chicago Magazine
below photo - Wayne Johnson
'Hotel Zachary, located at 3630 North Clark Street, will feature 153 standard guest rooms and 20 suites, according to its developers. The seven-story hotel will also include street-level retail space for local boutiques and restaurants. The hotel's interior design is inspired by its namesake, Wrigley Field architect Zachary Taylor Davis. Each guest room includes a framed replica of Davis' original blueprint of Wrigley Field, sketched in 1922. Even the TV stand was custom-designed to resemble one that Davis would have once used to store his blueprints.' - ABC 7 News
and a New Season Begins 
April 2018
snipped images - Curbed Chicago




photo above via Getty Images
below photo/new dugout - Wrigley Report
And the Cubs WIN their First Game
The Home Opener was a Snow Day
April 9th 2018
except for one reporter
 a WGN video of that day
photo below of the next day - Wrigley Report-Facebook
views from Sheffield Avenue
 photos - Wrigley Rooftops, LLC on Facebook
The Other Developments 
Continue in Wrigleyville
'Alright, you won’t be able to see the field from the rooftop pool at The Residences at Clark and Addison, but isn’t a chance to live this close to Wrigley Field good enough?

If you can afford the Lake View neighborhood, the median rent for a one-bedroom is $1,658 and climbing, there is a lot to choose from with inventory up 44.4 percent from a year ago, according to apartment finder service HotPads, owned by Zillow Group. The Residences, a joint project from M&R Development and Bucksbaum Retail Properties, is definitely on the higher end of Wrigleyville apartments and it’s expected that luxury will be made clear in price when leasing by RMK Management Corporation begins in June. The first tenants will be able to move in beginning in August, just in time to see the Cubs off into post season. The 148 apartments designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz range from studio to two-bedroom floor plans. The sleek, concrete and hardwood units feature a customized wall slat system. Near the entryway, it can be arranged to hold planters, hang coats, or even convenient bike storage.' - Curbed Chicago
Name Change in 2018
Park at Wrigley will be known as
Gallagher Way
in less than six months since construction 
there was a name change

April 14, 2018
When the Cubs are hot, 
well a come back for nowhere in the 7th inning
14-10 Cubs from a 8th run deficit against Atlanta
WGN/Wrigley Field/Chicago Cubs
a video celebration 70 years long

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