7/11 Wrigley signs to be discussed
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will meet today to discuss two outfield signs that are key to Wrigley Field’s renovation. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, there has been some compromise since the city and the Cubs last met. Instead of a 6,000-square foot video scoreboard in left field, the Cubs say they will accept a smaller 4,500-square foot scoreboard. The Jumbotron will be 95 feet wide, not 100 feet. Plus, instead of installing a 1,000-square foot see-through sign in right, the Cubs want to install a 650-square foot see-through sign.
Ald. Tom Tunney demanded the Cubs reduce the size of the signage. He also wanted the Cubs to drop plans for a pedestrian bridge over Clark Street that would connect a Cubs-built hotel to the team’s new office building, plus eliminate an outdoor deck on the hotel.
The Sun-Times said the compromise on the signage comes after negotiations between the Cubs and Tunney brokered by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Last month, the landmarks commission approved a master plan for 45,000 square feet of new or existing Wrigley signage, but did not approve the scoreboard or sign proposed for left and right fields, respectively.
The signage is part of a $500 million renovation plan by the Ricketts family for Wrigley Field that includes a hotel on Clark and Addison Streets.
The Wrigley project still must be approved by the Chicago Plan Commission and the City Council.