Update on Wrigley Field Renovations

According to a report from DNAinfo.com, the Cubs presented their plan for potential upgrades to Wrigley Field and the surrounding area at a meeting of the West Lakeview Neighbors organization on Tuesday evening. Jennifer Dedes Nowak, the Cubs’ manager of community outreach, grants and donations, led the meeting that included a short video of the plans the Cubs have in mind for the old ballyard.

Official photos of the renderings will be presented January 19, which is the Saturday of the convention.

According to the report, under the Cubs current plans the upgrades inside the park would include bigger dugouts, renovations to the locker rooms, batting cages under the grandstand and more practice space for the players.

There will also be bigger restrooms, more concessions and a community area for people to gather and watch movies outdoors at Wrigley.

A version of The Triangle Building appears to remain part of the Cubs’ renovation plans and would occupy the area west of the ballpark. The Cubs are looking to turn the spot currently occupying the temporary skating rink, into a neighborhood entertainment and community hub. The Cubs would have office space in the building and there would be retail space.

According to the report, the renderings also include an L-shaped hotel with a courtyard facing Wrigley on the land currently occupied by McDonald’s. The Ricketts family purchased that property nearly two years ago.

The changes would be phased in over four years if the Cubs receive approval.

Full Report from DNAinfo.com

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  • Ripken Boy

    I love this, time to upgrade the old ballpark and get into the 21st century. If the city/state does not approve this plan, threaten to move the team to the suburbs. If that happens that neighborhood suffers big time. The Cubs hold all the cards and should play that hand if the city/state try and prevent them from rehabbing Wrigley.

    • Tony_Hall

      I agree, I love the plans, but I don’t believe the Cubs hold all the cards. They have quite a bit invested in Wrigley Field and playing hard ball will only create more problems. If they choose to work together, have an idea for the end in mind, then work together to create a plan that will get everyone what they are looking to have in the area, then they will be able to make this happen.

      • Dorasaga

        Curious, will the city council limit the size or height or whatever of the L-shape hotel owned by Ricketts? Obtrusive to the historical landmark, or disturbance to local community, whatever nasty and political reason they might spill on the family?

        • Tony_Hall

          Yes. It is the linked article.

          • Dorasaga

            Knowing how Chicago politics have always been, I’m not optimistic about a lip service from an Alderman’s staff: “Bennett Lawson, Ald. Tom Tunney’s (44th) chief of staff, said the plan has been ‘received fairly well.’ ”

            This sounds more like it, but not close to how dirty it’s been: “many proposed upgrades need city approval. Plans for the renovation of Wrigley Field have evolved over the years. So has the debate over the funding”

      • DWalker

        I don’t think they will have any choice but to make the threat. In this day and age of supercharged political brinksmanship and bad blood, I don’t see city leadership and cubs leadership not clashing on almost every aspect. Its in nobodies best interest to see that, but since when has sense mattered in politics? I don’t think anyone really wants to see the Cubs move so i think a deal will get done, but I would just expect a rocky ride.

        • paulcatanese

          Agree,and if they cannot get things done in Washington, how does one expect to get it done in Chicago with the present
          political atmosphere, no conversation in the last year between the Mayor and Mr.

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