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I've noticed they've begun to remove the horrific concrete panels on the exterior of Wrigley Field.  Found more info in this blog

 

http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2010/3/15/1373171/wrigley-field-offseason-rehab-work

 

For now, it's chain link, but there's alot of redevelopment plans for the stadium and surrounding businesses as well as a possible reclad of the stadium to something more historic looking and tasteful.  Some areas across from Wrigley would also be demolished (hardly a loss) and replaced by a mixed use development.  Many residents didn't like the height, so the building was lowered a couple floors.  Now another mixed used building is proposed right up against the stadium that may be up to 6 floors.

 

I'll try to get some pics of the exterior after work Monday.

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Thanks for the Wrigley Field info.  That's a real improvement to its exterior.  As great as Wrigley is on the inside, it was kind of dull on the outside.  The new glass panels really lighten its appearance and open it up.

 

Please feel free to post any Wrigleyville developments here as well.  They sound promising.

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are there any aerial renderings of how the new mixed-use development will look like?

Found this at the Chicago Cubs website: 

 

"The Chicago Cubs have released new illustrations of proposed Wrigley Field bleacher improvements and a new building planned for the parking lot west of the Friendly Confines.  The team and the City of Chicago have reached agreement on these designs, which reflect four years of input from community residents and City officials."

 

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MORE RENDERINGS: http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/expansion.jsp

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Looks great!  I am in the process of trying to move to one of those rectangles just outside of the center field/left field area.  I've heard parking is a nightmare so the deck is hopefully going to improve that.

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It looks like Cubs ownership wants to do a "Fenway Park" type renovation of Wrigley Field.  Basically, to upgrade and modernize the ballpark without changing the appearance or character of it.  There's just a few sticking points with the city and neighbors...

 

WGN-TV: Is a Wrigley Field renovation deal close?

 

Chicago Tribune: Photos: Proposed modifications to Wrigley Field

 

Chicago Tribune: Video: Wrigley Field renovations: A closer look

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I  hope the soundproofing is good on that hotel, that area is quite rowdy, lots of very douchey bros outside at all hours of the night.  Other than that its a fantastic location, and its nice to see the small surface lot eliminated.

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Chicago's Landmarks Commission approved a modified signage plan for Wrigley Field.  This signage plan includes a more modern "Jumbotron" scoreboard in left-field.  The owners of the Cubs and Wrigley have said this was a key component to their $500 million renovation plan - $300 million of which would go to Wrigley Field and $200 million for a nearby hotel and park.

 

Below is a link to a report from Chicago's ABC station:

 

ABC 7: Wrigley Field renovations: Chicago Cubs, city agree on jumbotron

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The Cubs and Cards had MLB's opening game last night at a partially renovated Wrigley Field.  The left field video board was finished.  But the left and right field bleachers were not.  Instead, the steel framework was temporarily covered with an Ernie Banks tribute tarp.  According to last night's broadcast, the left field bleachers should be open in May and the right field bleachers in June.

 

Below is a photo from http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2015/04/05/cubs-fans-first-glimpse-wrigley-construction/25335371/

 

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Lots more photos from opening night: http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2015/4/6/8352561/new-wrigley-field-video-boards-restrooms/in/3990383#4712120

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Can't say for sure, but it almost looks like the outfield concourses were bumped out a little further.  Might just be the perspective with the construction fencing and all.  Scoreboard is HUGE though.  It's way bigger than I thought it would be. 

 

I live over in the Southport Corridor less than a mile from the field and damn are those new speakers loud!  I can deal with it, but I'm sure the Lakeview NIMBYs are pissed.

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Phase 1 of the Wrigley Field renovations is now done (more or less).  This is the most visible part of the renovation project involving Wrigley Field itself.  It includes rebuilt left field bleachers, rebuilt right field bleachers, new left field scoreboard, new right field scoreboard and some smaller signage:

 

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According to http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/restore-wrigley/updates/timeline/ - the rest of the renovation phases are as follows:

 

- Phase 2 (2015-16): Completion of the bleacher renovation and expansion, new Cubs clubhouse space, bullpens relocated underneath expanded bleachers and completion of third-base concourse work

 

- Phase 3 (2016-17): Begin first-base concourse work, new visitors clubhouse, renovation and expansion of luxury suites

 

- Phase 4 (2017-18): Completion of first-base concourse, two-story retail and entertainment complex in the right-field corner, Ricketts family development next to Wrigley Field that includes a new office building and Sheraton Hotel

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Can't say for sure, but it almost looks like the outfield concourses were bumped out a little further.  Might just be the perspective with the construction fencing and all.  Scoreboard is HUGE though.  It's way bigger than I thought it would be. 

 

I live over in the Southport Corridor less than a mile from the field and damn are those new speakers loud!  I can deal with it, but I'm sure the Lakeview NIMBYs are pissed.

 

That's pretty loud.  I live in a different part of the city, has there been any backlash against  them?

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Work continues at Wrigley Field.  Over the off-season the center field bleacher reconstruction and new Cubs clubhouse space was finished.  Below is a 1/27/2016 aerial photo from http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-wrigley-field-opening-day-cubs-20160315-story.html that shows the reconstructed center field bleachers.  The left field and right field bleachers were rebuilt last year along with the installation of new left field and right field video boards:

 

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A new visitors clubhouse and concourse work still remain on the list of renovations for the venerable ballpark.  The most visible remaining construction project is a restoration of the historic marquee at Clark and Addison.  Work has been proceeding on that over this off-season.  Below is a 1/27/2016 photo of the marquee from http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-wrigley-field-opening-day-cubs-20160315-story.html.  According to that article in the Tribune, the Cubs say the marquee work will be finished for their home opener vs. the Reds on April 11:

 

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Construction of the Sheraton Hotel on the triangle shaped parcel next to Wrigley Field has begun.  Below is an older rendering of the hotel and a new building to be built on the McDonald's parcel across the street from Wrigley that was posted at

http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2016/3/20/11272110/wrigley-field-construction-update-march-19#6385279.

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Below are some photos from http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-wrigley-field-opening-day-cubs-20160315-story.html of the Sheraton Hotel under construction.  The first aerial aligned closely with the above rendering:

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That new building planned for the McDonald's parcel across from Wrigley Field got some updated renderings in December 2015:  http://wgntv.com/2015/12/22/more-renderings-released-on-wrigleyville-development/

 

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The updated renderings show an 8-story building that would contain 148 apartments, retail space and nearly 500 underground parking spaces, according to http://wgntv.com/2015/12/22/more-renderings-released-on-wrigleyville-development/.  That article did not have a construction starting date for the 'Addison Park on Clark' building.  But some photos dated 3/14/2016 at http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-wrigley-field-opening-day-cubs-20160315-story.html show the McDonald's signage being dismantled on the future building site:

 

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That aerial is awesome! Wrigley is really great since it's one of the last urban residential neighborhood stadiums in America. While the new downtown stadiums around the country are way better than the old suburban ones, urban neighborhood stadiums are much cooler.

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I'm looking forward to the redevelopment of the lots/suburban style spots to the north of wrigley, but to the south is another story they are going to ruin the character of the neighborhood...

 

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I wouldn't go that far, but it certainly doesn't fit in the area organically.

 

RIP little Starbucks as well. The new one on Sheffield just won't be the same.

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