Wrigley Field Restoration Update: Ald. Tunney Demands Changes to Wrigley Plans

A day before the Cubs were scheduled to meet with the Landmarks Commission, Ald. Tom Tunney demanded major changes to the agreed upon framework deal that would allow the Cubs to restore Wrigley Field.

According to reports from Crain’s Chicago Business and the Chicago Sun-Times, Ald. Tunney sent a letter to Cubs Executive Vice President Mike Lufrano on Wednesday that “demanded a sharp reduction in proposed signage in the ballpark and other shifts, including the removal of a proposed pedestrian bridge over Clark Street between the stadium and the proposed hotel.”

Tunney sent the letter in advance to the scheduled meeting on Thursday morning with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

In the letter, Tunney said he would not support the Cubs’ application until certain changes were made. Tunney wants the proposed jumbotron in left field reduced from 6,000 square feet to 3,500 square feet and the sign in right field reduced from 1,000 square feet to 600 square feet. Tunney said the pedestrian bridge and an outdoor patio/party deck must be removed from the proposal and the hotel’s lobby must be moved.

In response to Tunney’s letter, the Cubs said, “We look forward to continuing to work with the city and the landmarks commission.” A statement from the Mayor’s office said, “All sides continue to work together to modernize Wrigley Field and invest in the surrounding neighborhood. We have made a great deal of progress in a short amount of time. Tomorrow, we will continue to move forward on a number of major items at the Landmarks Commission meeting.

Fran Spielman reported that the Landmarks Commission is going to approve other elements of the stadium remodeling but the Commission is going to hold off on approving the signage. According to the report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs will receive the approval to “extend outward the right and left field walls of Wrigley Field, build a new western entrance, remodel he dugout and build a new Captain Morgan Club.”

The meeting to vote on the signage has been postponed until a regularly scheduled meeting on July 11.

Letter from Ald. Tunney to the Chicago Cubs from Crain’s Chicago Business


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  • Tony_Hall

    I sure hope Tunney loses his next re-election.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Tunney is simply acting on Emanuel’s orders. He’s taking the heat, and if/when the deal gets done, Emanuel will take the glory.

      I hate the machine.

      • gary3411

        Why would Emanuel care about signage at the risk of losing this massive money maker that the city has on its hands for absolutely free unlike hardly any other city/team relationships? Cubs receive no subsidies they are the golden jewel of Chicago providing massive revenue and zero costs. There’s no way Emanuel wants to risk losing them over some little neighborhood disputes like this.

        Tunney is simply protecting his large donors over protecting his entire neighborhood.

      • gary3411

        Don’t get me wrong though, I think Emanuel is the larger villain in the grand scheme of things with his refusal to even consider some tax-breaks and/or subsidies for this rebuild. Unfortunately, that is going to be lost in all this and a shame. But at this point, these little nags in the negotiations are all Tunney.

    • gary3411

      I’ve told all of my young friends that are residents of Lakeview to make sure they vote him out. They are all on board.

  • GaryLeeT

    Politicians! What a pathetic attempt to look relevant, with no regard to the cost of those changes, which of course, is eventually passed down to the fans.

    • Ripsnorter1

      To vacuum cash out of the people.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I hope the Cubs build a new dome stadium in the suburbs, and that Mr. Tunney and Mr. Emanuel will be very happy that the Cubs are no longer in Chicago where they can suck cash out of everybody.

    • GaryLeeT

      After 105 years of losing you would think Wrigley would represent a house of doom, and they would want to get the heck out.

  • paulcatanese

    Tunney is the perfect match for the job, a true flip-flopper.

  • edward t hansen

    I love Wrigley but hate Chicago politics. Hope the cubs move to suburbs and build a beautiful dome with parking ,the rest will come restaurants, bars, etc and screw the politicians.Please mr. RICKERTS.

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