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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Cubs Launch Nuclear Option Against Wrigley Field’s Rooftop Neighbors
May22

Cubs Launch Nuclear Option Against Wrigley Field’s Rooftop Neighbors

  It’s one of the inevitable rites of spring.  Along with the smell of your neighbor’s freshly mown lawn, rooftop bikini-spotting from the Brown Line, and the closure of Chicago beaches because Milwaukee can’t seem to keep the poo out of our common pool, the Cubs have release yet another Wrigley Field expansion plan. Wrigley Field expansion is only slightly less complicated, drawn-out and dramatic than a Mexican...

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Cubs to Use Historic Wrigley Field Clock as Ad Space?
Aug04

Cubs to Use Historic Wrigley Field Clock as Ad Space?

Chicago’s Landmarks Commission approved a Wrigley Field agreement that will allow the Cubs to display advertisements on the clock that serves as a fixture of the center field scoreboard. This is an item that has “flown under the radar” amid public debate over what renovations will be made in Wrigleyville. The mass media has paid a lot of attention to the proposed controversial video screens that could occupy a total of 7,000 square...

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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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After Four Years of Negotiations, Another Wrigley Renovation May Be At Hand
Apr15

After Four Years of Negotiations, Another Wrigley Renovation May Be At Hand

We don’t cover Wrigley Field (1080 West Addison Street) renovations often enough on this blog. The main reason is that anything involving the ballpark is so tangled in politics, infighting, and special interests. 90% of it is taking heads, and 10% is actual development news. Plus, Wrigley renovations are one of the few urban development issues that the local television stations actually cover well. Still, today’s news from...

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Week Links: January 20-27, 2013
Jan27

Week Links: January 20-27, 2013

The new owners of the Chicago Cubs have yet another new plan to renovate Wrigley Field.  But this one doesn’t involve any tax money. (The Biz of Baseball) The restaurant space at the corner of State and Lake that was recently a Johnny Rockets is now being renovated into The Loop’s first Chick-fil-a. (The Chicago Architecture...

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Week Links: May 18, 2012
May18

Week Links: May 18, 2012

The Prairie Avenue District is going to get a brand new mansion to go with all the historic mansions down there.  It’s going to be 13,000 square feet on the same block as the Marshall Field, Junior mansion (1919 South Prairie Avenue).  Crains Chicago Business has the scoop. The new CTA Green Line station at North Morgan Street is now open.  This means better access to the West Loop, West Town, the Fulton River District and the...

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Week Links: April 20, 2012
Apr20

Week Links: April 20, 2012

Loop North News notes a strange kind of theft — Apparently some people walked into Marina City (300 North State Street) and stole fuses from a storage space in a hallway.  The haul was worth $300.  I’ve heard of people stealing copper wire and manhole covers for their scrap value, but this is a new one to me. Saint James Cathedral (65 East Huron Street) has posted new photos of the construction on its plaza. Crain’s...

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Briefly: Illuminating Saint Pat’s

  Neighbors of Old Saint Patrick’s Church in the West Loop have been going ape over its plans to erect an office tower.  One of their biggest complaints has been potential light pollution.  It looks like the already rough relationship between OSP and The Edge is going to get worse.  Tuesday (December 13, 2011) city crews were spotted installing floodlights on top of the traffic light poles to illuminate the church at night....

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