April 27, 2011

Wrigley Field (ville) Renewal

Whatever Happens at Wrigley Field...
happens to the neighborhood
Related to Wrigley Field Part I
image - The Chicago Neighborhood
a Wrigleyville Logo - Ebay
a Wrigleyville canvass image - Ebay
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
labels - Ebay
2007 photo - Bob Russell Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
2016 image -  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 The plan called for an hotel but the idea was withdrawn in 2013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 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
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'
The Stretch 3485 N Clark
Underground Lounge 952 W Newport
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 are part of the planned development called 
Addison Park
The Yard @ 3441 N Clark - closed
photo - Wrigleyville Bars
El Jardin North  3407 N Clark - closed
El Jardin South @ 3335 N Clark
photo - Robert Krueger Collection, 
Chicago Public Library - 1989
Read & view more about this establishment
from LakeView Historical - Facebook
Harry Caray's Tavern 3551 N Sheffield - closed
once the home of a couple of establishments
and below The Piano Man 3801 N Clark - closed
This is where the connection for the post 
called Wrigley Field and this one begins. That related segment of this post covers 1914 to 2015 when talks of renovation began.
Also, get Twitter feeds including photos from 
Wrigley Blog on Twitter
Plans for Area Back in 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!”'
from the Chicago Tribune via Chicago Cubs

* The hotel would 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
The existing construction space
and article about loss of parking
(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 as of 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.
It's all about the Control of the Advertising  
advertising at the ballpark was always important issue 
This zoomed photo highlight both the Ricketts Restaurant on Clark Street and Valentin Blatz Brewing Company. 
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
2012  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 and sponsorship revenue in order to pay for the $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field.
 The rooftop signs vs Wrigley Field signs 
- the battle for shared revenue
photo: Sports Illustrated
Photo: Sports Illustrated
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 building. Then along the Addison Street & Clark intersection a long awaited planned development 
project from M&R Development takes alson needs approval from the city, 44th ward, and its community neighbors. And then, there is this issue with the rooftoppers and lose of revenue. The issues for any development were mounting.
A presentation from the Cubs Convention via ChicagoTribune and the article + photos from 
Read this article about the future of the park. It's long one but informative and comprehensive. Also, read a resident's 'open letter' to the neighborhood alderman on his concerns on the future of the ballpark. An general agreement was reached in the 500 million dollar renovation of the Wrigley Field. 
The 'open letter' to the public about the general agreement to renovated the ballpark:

page 2
 page 3
Some Neighborhood Associations 
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 neighborhood associations.
The Cubs management floated an idea of a party deck but the community associations would not have have it so it was scratched within a few months!
Neighborhood to City Hall
Not everyone was happy about this new ballpark thing!

photos - LakeView Patch
A protest by the field 
before the city's landmark committee meeting
meeting held 
@ new 19th District Town Hall community room

photos - LakeView Patch
Scenes for the landmark committee meeting 
Neighborhood Meetings were Continuous
While their are periodic meetings about the renovation of the ballpark there is annual meetings on the topic of Wrigley Field as well - this one in 2013 held in the community room of the 19th police district building.
 photo - Lake View Patch
 photo - Lake View Patch
 photo - Lake View Patch
  photo - Lake View Patch
 photo - Lake View Patch
Oh my, that damn parking!
2014  On of the more important issues about the project was parking ... like where. The Red and Purple lots were lost to new construction while parking on Grace Street (Brown Lot) was not to be expanded. A car tower was proposed on the Brown Lot location but it did not get the neighborhood association approval for it - added traffic on Grace was the problem for additional development ... 
 This map shows the parking lots near the field as of 2014
remote lot is located at 3900 N. Rockwell Street below.
 public transportation map by bus and rail 2014
public transportation by the el
Addison and Sheridan Stations 2014
 While not forgetting the old-time tradition of private property parking available by private residents there are other alternatives such as 19th police district parking tower.

above photos - SpotHero 
July 2013  After the Landmark Committee's approval the City Council approved the renovations. It's was mostly all about money either more in advertising or tax incentives.
An ichy issue
June 2014  and "for the love of Ivy"
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 
photo - 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 field
A Wrigleyville Christmas: the CD

Listen the the playlist below:
One last look before renovations!
September 2014
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
The Rooftoppers: 
 Its about $$ ad space and the views

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

photo 2006 - Wikipedia
The location of the rooftoppers along Sheffield
with pin numbers of buildings around the field via Chicago Cityscape. Only a two or three remained independent by April 2016 according to Curbed Chicago.

 photo - scottishritechicago.org 

Above the Cubby Bear
photo - The Cub Dom

photo - Chicago Now

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

The Skybox construction
Most of the rooftop buildings were reconfigured from 'brownstone' 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 rooftopper's buildings along Sheffield Avenue. 
Read the history of the rooftoppers with this link.
 Law-suit be damned! 
October photo - DNA info
The ceremony to begin renovations occurred as planned even after the lawsuit was filed by the rooftoppers
photo - Cubs: 100 A Century at Wrigley
Sheffield Avenue is closed for now - November 2014
photo - DNA info
While the prep work for the ballpark renovation began in the last week of August 2014, the official date of renovation began near the tale end of September 2014 "with the demolition of the left and right field bleachers". View 
more photos of this initial phase as well as all the permits via Chicago Cityscape filed for city approval.
 photos - GameDayr October 2014 
a narrow street today
2016 photo - Lori K. Jones via Original Chicago-Facebook
A Conservation Project:
restoring the caretakers' house
The caretakers house to be relocated near field
Read about this conservation mini project via DNAinfo with more photos along with a video from Chicago Tribune.
photo - ABC EyeWitness News
Retro postcard - 'My Collection' via Ebay purchase
Legal Problems Continue

The struggle with the rooftoppers have intensified since the rooftoppers threatened a lawsuit to an existing contract with the former owners of the field and Cubs. Apparently, some of the rooftoppers 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 SB Nation via Twitter
 2015 January
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 on 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.”
It's done and approved 
but what about those rooftop views?
photo - Curbed Chicago
The rats and rodents of Wrigley Field are now homeless due to the renovation according to this Chicago Tribune article.
2015 February 
Take a look of the construction permits registered under 1060 West Addison aka Wrigley Field to date via Chicago Cityscape.
 Also, this month the lawsuit finally filed but with less rooftop owners participating. 
It did not look good for the rooftoppers by mid-month!
2015 March
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 above - Wrigley Renovations on 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' roof top and seen by patrons in the field and TV screens is now history due to the jumbo advertising sign that will be installed in front of it. 
View an aerial view of the building via WGN TV.

photos - Wrigley Renovation on Facebook
A word (article) about the first 2015 opener game of the construction phase is 'be patient'.
2015 April
The final score on signage dispute is over. The legal game and court battle is apparently over with no worries but to continue and on schedule.
 photo - Tim Benker via Cubs 100: A Century at Wrigley
testing the Jumbotron days before season opener
Gourmet Food Diversification
pre 2015 photo - Kim vs Gluten blog
There will be more food & drink choices this year 
that are not only just gluten free
For the History Books
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

2015 April 
The Opener was less than a comfortable experience if you particularly if you needed to use a washroom.
photo -  Cubs 100: A Century at Wrigley on 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.
 The Jumbotron Works
photos -  Cubs 100: A Century at Wrigley on Facebook
like a big TV screen in the sky
photo - Cub Hub on Facebook
new tradition begins in the park! 
When the Cubs win a game the 'W' light remains
There are some views still to be had
photo - Wrigley View Rooftop
The rooftop holdouts of the law suit against the advertising signs ended this month according to the Chicago Tribune. The lawsuit began in January 2015 after months of warnings from the the eight rooftop businesses around the park. By March only two rooftop owners remained as plaintiffs. Since January some of the businesses were bought out or just dropped out of controversy against the owners of Wrigley Field. new tradition was created this season so to 'pump' the player before a stance on the batter's box 
serenade a melody!  - DNAinfo
New Bleachers Almost Installed
photo - Wrigley Renovations on Facebook
first game with new bleachers with a home run to boot
photo - Wrigley Renovations on Facebook
95 years young June Palm
The Brick Paver Scandal
photo - Pontiac Daily Leader
The re-discovered scandal became an issue in March 2015 but went 'viral' in May. Read about it from DNAinfo with links to other articles concerning ... The Wrigley-gate. 
The Hole in the Earth in June
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 should soon face shorter lines to get food and beer according to an article from the Chicago Tribune. Reviews of the new space via Curb Chicago.
and read more from DNAinfo with this link
July 2015
photo - Chicago Cubs on Facebook
Platform 14 now with the gourmet eats provided during a game. Read more from DNAinfo from the link above.
photo - Chicago Cubs on Facebook
photo - ChiCitySports
via Cubs Hub on Facebook
A new tradition for the field occurred on July 4th 
after a winning game
August 2015 
Noisy construction 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 disrupts neighbors even when windows are closed according to a resident who lives near by reported by DNAinfo.
2015 August
Let it never be said that Cub fans are not tire-hard folks
rain or shine. Thanks to DNAinfo for this great article. 
Also from DNAinfo, the Ricketts family have began to name rights of Wrigley Fields physical assets such as parking lots and the ironic name sign - read more from this link.
Wrigley Field along with areas along Clark & Halsted Streets get a less honorable note per DNAinfo.
2015 September
The Cubs may have lost, 4-0, to the Pirates 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 via MLB.com

2015 October  Lawsuit News - The End of It.
Federal Judge Virginia Kendall ruled Wednesday that since live Cubs games "are a product of the Cubs alone," they can't be monopolized by the Cubs, rendering the rooftop owners' arguments moot.
2015  October 17th  Flying the W & It's time to fly the colors
watching an' hoping
photos - DNAinfo
It's been a storybook season - new life in the Cubs' management and players and new vision for the ballpark. 
Read about the Wild Card win from DNAinfo. 
Oh ya, Cubs won over the Cardinals!!
photo - DNAinfo
Back to Those Renovations in November
Construction continues in earnest once again with traffic closures and reduction in traffic flow. The iconic sign is removed temporary as a major rehab year begins soon.
rendition of the Plaza - DNAinfo
Wrigley Field Plaza construction for next year
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

Camera, Lights ... Action!
The 20th season of the TV program called Bachelor featured our very own Wrigley Field - view this video!
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
photo - Loria K. Jones via Original Chicago-Facebook
An Obituary
2016 photo - Second City Network

2016 photo - via Southport Corridor News & Events
with a video view from DNAinfo
view of Clark Street looking north
2016 photo - DNAinfo
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 2015

Phase 2 2016 
Phase 3 2017

phase 4 2018
What's Next Outside the Field
Read and view more from the Redeye
 Across the Street along Addison 
a photo rendition - Curbed Chicago
The 'Addison and Clark' planned development to be located across the street from the ballpark on Addison & Clark 
finally begins according to DNAinfo.
Fine Dining & Drinking 2016 Season 
 photo - DNAinfo
 photo - 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
1)      Project Description: Baseball stadium; new exterior          steel framing to reinstall historic marquee over the main entrance southwest corner worth $450k
2)      Project Description: Wrigley field marquee sign with     EMC as per landmark stamped plans and approval conditions worth 450k
the other side of the marquee
photo - Briangarza1 via Instagram 
via Southport Corridor & News Events
2016 April Construction Update
The Clubhouse is Done for the Opener
View the video from DNA info
Terror Spot for Opening Day - 2016 Opener?
“We have a lot of soft targets” for terrorists, said U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago). In his own district alone, he added, “We have O’Hare and we have Wrigley Field.”
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 ....

Read and view more from DNAinfo
Watch the Renovations via Twitter
(like Facebook you needed to register)
May 9 2014 before noticeable construction
old school advertising is replaced
 March 29 2016 ....

 all photos via DNAinfo article
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.
A Look in 2016 of May
image - Chicago Tribune
Is it a public place to booze it up?
From the Alderman on the Subject
 Dear Neighbors,
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 City Council approved a first-of-its-kind ordinance dictating the use of Wrigley Field's triangle plaza, despite objections from the Chicago Cubs over restrictions.
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
Our Arch Rival 2016
photo - jerry Carroll via Pictures of Chicago
Still a threat in 2016
photo - Chicago Cub Fans-Facebook
with comments
Plans for New Tenants
American Airlines 1914 Club
photo - Chicago Tribune
The excavation for this space began in November 2016. The baseball diamond area was torn-up per this video from WGN.
The Hotel Zachary
aka Wrigley Field Hotel
article & photo - DNAinfo
The Wrigley Field hotel plans goes to the press
Chicago Tribune images - Garry Albrecht

images via DNAinfo
Hickory Street Capital - the Ricketts family-owned development company behind the project - released new renderings of the development, which draw inspiration from Wrigley Field, the company said.
Was There Any Doubt 2016?
The Cub's Year is Final 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
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'. 
 all images from my personal collection

 These were a few selection pages from the comic book
 construction continues during the playoffs

Read about these tearful stories published by DNAinfo
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
photos - Garry Albrecht 
arriving by train - 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 
Why the Cub's W?
by the Chicago Tribune
photos via Chicago Tribune article 
The Series Continue & so Does 
the Construction
photos - Garry Albrecht

Dolores Davison-Schroeder, Original Chicago-Facebook
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 - Garry Albrecht
photo - Business Leader
photo -  NBC News
photo - ABC7 News

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

Bill Murray photo - 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

photos - DNAinfo
Those Catches
photo - USA Today
Watch some incredible plays via Chicago Cubs-Facebook 
Meet Wrigley Rose
the first infant for 2017
Ellen's World Series Prediction
The World Series is coming up, so Ellen Degeneres turned to her foolproof and shirtless method to predict the winner. 
Will it be the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians? 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," she came to the show for another round of the mouthful of a game… with plenty of surprise toppings!
image - Chicago History Museum
and below video link -  WGN 9 News
photo below - Wrigley Renovations-Facebook
Working on the Hotel Zachary 
photo - Obama Twitter Acct
"It is a game and celebration," [President Obama] said, and noted that "there's a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here." Robinson, a second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, broke Major League Baseball's color line to become its first black player.- WBEZ
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.
Aerial Views 2017
by Wrigley Aerials
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. 
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
Get Prepared Baseball Fans
photo - fan club Tshirt
Plaza to a Park
The Park at Wrigley
with 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.'
What's New for the 2017 Season
 a new west entrance, a transparent pitcher warm-up area under the bleachers among a few
photos below - Lynn Johnson
the Hotel Zachary is rising 

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 Flag
Greg Siewert via Original Chicago-Facebook 
photo below - Chicago Cubs
Cash $$$ Only Clubs
4 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
We Win & Lose & then Wait in 2017
 Sue Ondas via Picture of Chicago-Facebook 2017
Rainout for Game 4 - DNAinfo
before Game 4 - photo by Brad Lippitz
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 as the Cubs try to win it again!
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 at the Cubs Wall 2017
Game 4 at Home 
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
Game 5
Not this year
 photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
True then, true now!
 image - Pinterest
  photo - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
  photos - NLCS Cubs/Twitter
It's Now Re-opened for 2017
the 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

More renovation developments, 
blog-post special segments,
and event news as it develops ...
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