North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones
Oct07

North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones

A North Side bottleneck that has stalled commuters since your grandpa paid a nickel to ride to Wrigley Field is finally being dealt with. Ground has been broken on the Red-Purple Bypass Project, which will allow the CTA’s Brown Line trains to bypass the Belmont junction, even though its color does not appear in the project’s name. At some point, someone, somewhere thought this was a good idea. (via Apple Maps) When...

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Wrigley Field Hotel Getting Ready to Play Ball
Dec20

Wrigley Field Hotel Getting Ready to Play Ball

With the first day of winter knocking on our door, it seems strange to think about the first day of baseball.  But that’s what they’re preparing for next to Wrigley Field. Wrigleyville Spy Greg sent in these photographs showing that the new Hotel Zachary is really coming along.  The new hotel building is six-stories tall, and will eventually have 179 guest rooms over ground floor retail. The Ricketts Family named the hotel...

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Permits Come Through For Addison and Clark at Addison and Clark
Jan02

Permits Come Through For Addison and Clark at Addison and Clark

Wrigleyville has long been held up as an example of an urban neighborhood that lives and thrives in tandem with its Major League Baseball park.  It’s pretty much the opposite of the scene on the South Side at The Rate, where the stadium is an island in a sea of parking lots and gritty infrastructure.  And still Wrigleyville continues to evolve and grow, especially on the blocks adjacent to Wrigley Field. We’ve told you...

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Live Close Enough to Wrigley to Hear the Crack of the Bat and Smell the Pine Tar
Aug08

Live Close Enough to Wrigley to Hear the Crack of the Bat and Smell the Pine Tar

There’s something about Wrigleyville that calls Chicagoans home. Wether it’s for a quick drink at a watering hole, or a special weekend out at the old ball park, or perhaps something more permanent, Wrigleyville is quintessential Chicago. Now several hundred more people are going to not only get to live the Wrigleyville experience, but live right in the heart of the action — across the street from Wrigley Field. M&R Development...

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Amid Clutter of Construction, Wrigley Field Preps for Opener
Apr10

Amid Clutter of Construction, Wrigley Field Preps for Opener

As the Cubs head home to Chicago from their season-opening trip out west that saw them looking like they could easily outscore the Bears, crews at Wrigley Field were busy power-washing, sweeping, and dusting to get ready for Monday’s home opener. The 2015 season saw the Cubs open in a ballpark far behind schedule. The bleachers weren’t completely ready for fans’ backsides until June, and let’s not even talk...

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In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not
Apr03

In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not

When I wandered around Wrigley Field (1060 West Addison Street) last fall, just after our beloved bleachers were reduced to scrap, I marveled at the task at hand, impressed such destruction could be rebuilt in time for Opening Day 2015. Well, send me to Triple AAA and call me naïve. Because sure enough, as you no doubt are aware by now, nary a fan shall catch a home run ball within the Friendly Confines until at least May. In...

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Eviscerating an Old Friend
Oct27

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...

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Wrigley Renovation Underway
Oct12

Wrigley Renovation Underway

The latest expansion and renovation of Wrigley Field is officially happening.  Grounbreaking ceremonies were held on Friday and work is already underway of the half-billion dollar project that includes moving the ballpark outward, building a new office building and hotel, and a number of other updates. The Cubs are hoping the first phase of construction will be complete by opening day next year.  But that requires some cooperation...

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Status Update: Wrigley Growing Larger
Aug27

Status Update: Wrigley Growing Larger

The venerable ivy-festooned baseball park known as Wrigley Field is getting bigger.  You’ll remember that as part of the latest renovation plan, the Cubs are buying some city rights-of-way, since the stadium at 1060 West Addison Street has pretty much maxed out the block it sits on. Here’s the update from the ball club: Portions of Waveland and Sheffield avenues will be closed as part of a land transfer from the City of...

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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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