While the Wrigleyville residents might not be happy about the additional night games or the later Friday afternoon start times, according to Danny Ecker, the neighbors are becoming resigned to the fact that both are part of the framework deal between the city and the Cubs to restore Wrigley Field. The neighborhood appears to be changing its emphasis after realizing there is not much they can do to prevent the additional night games, later start times and concerts.
According to the report from Crain’s Chicago Business, the President of the Lakeview Citizens Council, Will DeMille, said that “instead of pushing back against night games, the focus is no making sure the necessary safeguards are in place.” The Cubs outlined an additional 30 security personnel in the framework but the residents do not feel that would be enough. The Cubs agree with the community that public safety “must be a priority” but feel the additional personnel would suffice.
Cubs Launch WrigleyField.com
The Cubs launched a new website on Tuesday that is supposed to help track the progress of the Wrigley Field restoration project.
The Cubs new site outlines the restoration plans that includes artist renderings and gives each fan a chance to sign the online petition … and the Cubs have provided a phone number for Alderman Tom Tunney so fans can tell him how much Wrigley Field means to them.
Cubs Propose a New Entrance to Wrigley Field
When the Cubs unveiled artist renderings as part of their proposal to restore Wrigley Field, a proposed new entrance to Wrigley Field was not included. The new entrance to Wrigley Field “would be a dramatic alteration of the historic park’s exterior walls, while enhancing the Cubs’ plans to create a plaza filled with entertainment and advertising on the park along Clark Street” as reported by the Tribune.
The new entry would open onto the proposed plaza, which would be a landing point for the pedestrian bridge from the hotel.
As with most things of historic significance at Wrigley Field, the exterior walls of Wrigley Field are protected by a landmark ordinance and must be approved by the City Council. The team did not include the new gate in their application for approval but it will be added in after the design is complete.
The new gate, which would be the fifth at Wrigley, would “rival the iconic entry at Clark and Addison” according to the Tribune and would be located midway along the west wall of the park, facing Seminary Avenue.
Parking Concerns Remain in Wrigleyville
According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the Cubs will lose around 300 parking spaces with the restoration project. The framework deal calls for there to be remote parking at the DeVry lot on Western Avenue to offset the loss. But the neighborhood is “sill calling for a better use of existing options like neighborhood garages and lots where hundreds of spots go unused each game.”
The City Council Zoning Committee is expected to hold a public hearing Monday to address parking in the Cubs’ Brown Lot on Eddy Street.