The latest plan to renovate Wrigley Field got a big thumb’s up from the Chicago Plan Commission last night, and a change of heart from 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, meaning the half-billion dollar plan is pretty much a done deal.
Procedurally, it still has to be approved by the entirety of the Chicago City Council, but council members almost never vote against the recommendation of the alderman in whose ward a project is located.
While most of the coverage of the controversial plan has been about the giant video screen in the outfield, there are a number of other parts of this plan, including a new hotel, parking facility, skybridge, and public plaza that make it worthy of note. In fact, those extra elements will have a far greater impact on the neighborhood and the city than a single video screen could. But these days the squeaky wheels (rooftop bar owners) get the grease.
DNAInfo has a good, medium-sized, piece on the project. You can also check out the image gallery below to see what the Cubs hope to build. And for those of you who are fans of moving pictures, there is the wrap from Chciago Tonight on WTTW television.