10 Crazy Things You Don’t Know About the Wrigley Field Expansion Deal
Jul12

10 Crazy Things You Don’t Know About the Wrigley Field Expansion Deal

  This week the local media went nuts with word that a final deal on the Wrigley Field expansion plan had been approved by the city. That’s almost true. What happened is that the city’s Landmarks Commission voted seven to nothing in favor of the renovation. There’s still lots more paperwork to do before anyone can start moving dirt. On WTTW television Friday night one of the Chicago Tonight panelists astutely...

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McPier OK’s Pelli Clarke Pelli’s DePaul Demon Dome Design
Sep23

McPier OK’s Pelli Clarke Pelli’s DePaul Demon Dome Design

  The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority has approved a design for the new McCormick Place Event Center put forth by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The design was one of six submitted to McPier as it tries to build a new sports arena/event center, a 1,200-room Marriott Marquis hotel, and a smaller boutique hotel in the South Loop by 2016.  The Authority’s board voted unanimously to grant the $7.2 million design...

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With Alderman and City on Board, Wrigley Renovation is a Go
Jul19

With Alderman and City on Board, Wrigley Renovation is a Go

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...

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Of Preservation and Parasites: Architects Debate the Latest Wrigley Field Renovation Plan
Jul16

Of Preservation and Parasites: Architects Debate the Latest Wrigley Field Renovation Plan

The Chicago Cubs own the record for the longest stretch without a World Series win. Can a renovated, revitalized Wrigley Field change their fortunes, and perhaps lift the 104-year old curse? Whether or not a modern, digital scoreboard (inside the park) and shiny new office building and hotel (outside the park) turn the team around isn’t known. What is clear: the changes to Wrigley Field and the surrounding neighborhood will bring in...

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