Wrigley Field Restoration Update: Cubs Release Illustrations and Details of Restoration Plans

The Cubs released details of their plans to restore Wrigley Field on Tuesday that included conceptual drawings. Crane Kenney called it a historic restoration as the team plans not only includes renovating Wrigley but restoring and preserving the iconic park.

While the framework on a deal to Restore Wrigley Field has been agreed to, there are details that must still be worked out. That process begins this week when the Cubs submit detailed plans to the city.

Additional Details of the Cubs Restoration Plans for Wrigley Field

  • Proposal calls for re-creating green terra-cotta canopies, along with the windows and wrought iron fencing on the exterior of Wrigley Field. When the details of the restoration plan were discussed during the convention, the Cubs said the plan was to peel back the layers of paint from Wrigley’s exterior and restore as close as possible to the way the exterior of the park looked in the 1930s.
  • The plan calls for a 6,000 square foot, three panel video screen atop the left field wall.
  • The proposal includes a 1,000 square foot sign in right field and four new signs ringing the outfield that includes two new LED signs similar to the one currently in right field.
  • A party deck is planned for left field, similar to the one added in right field last year
  • The plan calls for the exterior footprint of the stadium to be moved back eight feet.

As David Kaplan reported, Alderman Tom Tunney and the rooftop club owners have not approved the plans.

According to a report from Crain’s Chicago Business, “the Cubs plan to go in front of the Commission on City Landmarks on June 6, the City Council license committee on a June date to be determined to review the night game ordinance, the Chicago Plan Commission on July 18, the City Council zoning committee on July 19 to address parking issues and ultimately a full City Council meeting toward the end of July.”

Tom Ricketts is scheduled to reveal the entire plan at a Wednesday press conference.

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The Proposed 6,000 square foot jumbotron and 1,000 square foot sign in right field


Back Entrance of Wrigley Field where Captain Morgan Club is currently located


Proposed Mock-up of the Side of Wrigley Field


Proposed Wrigley Field Hotel

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  • triple

    I gotta admit that some of those renderings are very nicely done, and Wrigley would still retain a great old-school feel with all the sorely needed up-to-date amenities.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.canavan.14 Jim Canavan

    Tom Tunney and the roof top owners have not approved. LOL It’s more like the Roof top owners and Tom Tunney.

  • paulcatanese

    Beautiful renderings, that would be progress for the City,
    let alone the neighborhood. To not approve this would be a disgrace. Absolute beauty for the area.

  • jtrain23

    What an awesome outlook. I love going to Wrigleyville. I love watching games in the stadium. These changes would make the ballpark enjoyable as well. Although the losing is frustrating at times, I am really starting to come around to the vision that the Ricketts have for the team and community.

  • DWalker

    Looks a lot nicer than I thought it would! The jumbotron doesn’t look as oversized as it seemed like it would, I wouldn’t mind it smaller though.