▶ Eviscerating an Old Friend


The billion-dollar transformation of venerable* Wrigley Field (1060 West Addison Street) continues, with major changes evident from the outset.  We’ve been to the Wrigley renovation rodeo before, and knew for a long time that the changes would be dramatic, but there’s still something disturbing about seeing diggers hacking the venerable ballpark to pieces before our eyes.

Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell took these pictures showing the destruction that will eventually allow the stadium to let out its belt a little and invade the public right-of-way with bigger, better, blingier new bleachers.  Other changes afoot include a new office building, a new hotel, a skybridge over North Clark Street, and a public plaza that will give game day crowds a little breathing room, and the Cubs’ owners a little vending and advertising room.

Check out the video from the Cubs above for more on the changes, and Daniel’s photos below to see where we are now.

*Venerable is a fancy word for “smells like grandpa.”  Which is especially appropriate in this context, since grandpa smelled like cigarettes, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and urine.
Location: 1060 West Addison Street, Wrigleyville


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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