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4/16 Wrigley Field’s birthday party

You can party with Ernie Banks, Gale Sayers, Dutchie Caray and members of the Weeghman family at Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday party next week.

The ballpark will celebrate its 100th birthday on April 23 when the Cubs play host to the Diamondbacks a century after the Chicago Federals opened then Weeghman Park against the Kansas City Packers. The 100th birthday game headlines the first of 10 decade-themed homestands celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field.

Tickets for the April 23 game are still available at

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and some of Wrigley Field’s icons will take part in pre-game ceremonies. Past owners will be recognized, and the current owners, the Ricketts family, will be joined by descendants of both the Weeghman and Wrigley families and representatives of the Chicago Tribune.

You’ll be able to dress the part. The first 30,000 fans at the game will receive a replica 1914 Chicago Federals jersey when they enter the ballpark. The jerseys mirror the throwback Chi-Feds home uniforms the Cubs will wear on the field. The D-Backs will participate by wearing Kansas City Federal League uniforms.

Prior to the game, historic photos and video tributes to Wrigley Field will play on the right field video board. Greeters will wear clothing modeled from 100 years ago while the grounds crew will wear Weeghman Park jackets from the same era. After both starting lineups are announced, members of the Northwestern University marching band will take the field, which was customary for Opening Day and other special events during the ballpark’s first two decades.

The Chicago Bears, who played 50 seasons at Wrigley Field from 1921 to 1970, will be honored, and members of the McCaskey family will be joined on field by former players Sayers and Dick Butkus.

Several former Cubs players will take part in the festivities, including Banks, Glenn Beckert, Andre Dawson, Bobby Dernier, Randy Hundley, Gary Matthews, Billy Williams, and pitchers Ryan Dempster, Fergie Jenkins, Milt Pappas, Lee Smith and Kerry Wood. Sam and Spencer Brown, Ron Santo’s grandchildren, will take part as well.

Sue Quigg, grand-niece of former Cubs owner Charles Weeghman, will throw the game’s ceremonial first pitch, and use the 100-year-old ball her grandmother Dessa Weeghman threw at a Chi-Feds game a century ago. Wayne Messmer will sing the game’s National Anthem, and the pre-game festivities will concluce with a historic bi-plane flyover.

The tributes to the ballpark will continue throughout the day. Fans will have a chance to sing “Happy Birthday” in the fifth inning, and can join Dutchie Caray, wife of the late Cubs broadcast legend Harry Caray, and many of the day’s special guests as they lead the seventh-inning stretch from the field.

Special food items will be available to get fans in the mood. The Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near section 142, will feature a classic Reuben sandwich with pastrami, sauerkraut, house-made Louie dressing and Kraft Swiss Cheese on a marble rye bread. Or, fans can munch on a breaded pork chop sandwich with slow-cooked onions and spicy mustard on toasted roll. The Decade Dogs stand near section 123 will serve decade-themed specialty hot dogs, starting with the 1910s Reuben Dog featuring a Vienna Beef hot dog, sliced corn beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese.

There also will be signature cocktails as well, including a 1910s Weeghman Park Old Fashioned, comprised of Bulleit Rye and Finest Call Old Fashioned Mix, served with an orange slice and cherry. That will be offered in limited-edition souvenir glasses April 18-24 on the main concourse at section 109 and in the bleacher patio in left field.

Game-used memorabilia will be available to collectors through various purchase opportunities. Framed, game-used bases with commemorative base jewels may be pre-ordered or purchased at the Cubs Authentics kiosk at Wrigley Field, pending availability.

Baseballs used at the ballpark this season feature the Wrigley Field 100th logo, while an additional “April 23, 2014” time stamp will be added to baseballs used on the actual game.

Game-worn throwback Chi-Feds uniforms will be available via auction following the April 23 game. For additional purchasing and product information, collectors can contact Cubs Authentics at (773) 404-4753,, or by visiting the Cubs Authentics kiosk at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Charities will continue Wrigley Field’s birthday party at its primary fundraiser, the Bricks & Ivy Ball at the Field Museum. The “Party of the Century” theme will be integrated into the event for an exciting night of fun, entertainment and charitable giving. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet players, coaches and front office staff while bidding on exclusive experiences and memorabilia.

The first 10,000 fans attending the April 23 game will receive a birthday cupcake compliments of Jewel-Osco. A cake from Carlo’s Bakery, setting of the TLC show “Cake Boss,” will be on display near the Ernie Banks statue on Clark Street until the third inning. A portion of the cake will be served later to guests at the Bricks & Ivy Ball.

3/17 Free parking

The Cubs are launching a free remote parking lot operation two miles west of Wrigley Field during night and weekend games. The new remote parking lot is located at 3900 N. Rockwell Street, east of the Chicago River and immediately south of Irving Park Road. The lot has a capacity of 1,000 vehicles and will be secured by Cubs personnel. The parking service includes free shuttle transportation to and from the remote lot and Wrigley Field.

Shuttles will begin running 2 1/2 hours prior to the start of the game and will run continuously for approximately an hour post-game. At the conclusion of night and weekend games, the shuttle bus will pick up fans at the designated drop-off location on Addison Street.

This newly-introduced free remote parking lot replaces the team’s previous remote parking operation at DeVry University.

3/13 Race to Wrigley

Cubs Charities will sponsor the ninth annual “Race to Wrigley” 5k on April 12, starting at 8 a.m. CT at Wrigley Field. The race was voted the ‘Best 5k in the Midwest’ in 2013 by Competitor magazine, and last year drew about 6,000 runners and raised more than $300,000 for Cubs Charities and the Ann & and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Presented by Athletico Physical Therapy, “Race to Wrigley” will feature Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts and local “Biggest Loser” winner Danni Allen as the official race starters. The race starts and finishes at Wrigley Field.

Individual participants and/or groups are invited to fundraise as a runner, in support of a runner, or by being a virtual runner. Cubs Charities will donate all fundraising proceeds to Lurie Children’s Hospital. The top fundraising team and individual fundraiser will receive tickets to the April 22 Cubs game against the Diamondbacks.

Anyone who raises more than $1,000 will get to run a post-race victory lap around the warning track at Wrigley and have their name displayed on the scoreboard.

If you’re interested in participating in the Race to Wrigley, you can sign up at

2/25 Cubs single-game tix on sale March 7

The Cubs announced details for purchasing single game tickets for the 2014 season. Single game tickets go on sale March 7 at 10 a.m. CT at and by phone at 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Fans may once again participate in the MasterCard pre-sale, starting March 4 at 10 a.m. CT. Any fan using a MasterCard can purchase single game tickets in advance of the general on-sale date at a 15 percent premium, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium.

The Cubs will no longer host a two-hour on-sale event at Wrigley Field prior to online and phone sales. The Wrigley Field ticket windows will open March 8 at 9 a.m. CT.

In celebration of Wrigley Field’s milestone, the team has introduced a section of MasterCard Century Seats with tickets priced at $19.14 before tax for every game of the season. This 350-seat section is located in the Upper Deck Box level in left field. These tickets must be purchased with a MasterCard and are available at or 800-THE-CUBS with no service or delivery fees.

Following Opening Week, Cubs fans will be treated to a variety of elements to celebrate 10 decades during 10 unique homestands at Wrigley Field. These festivities include historic bobblehead giveaways on the first Friday of each homestand to honor key individuals or events from the corresponding decade; “Throwback Sunday” games on the first Sunday of each homestand when the Cubs and many visiting teams will wear throwback uniforms; retro toy promotional giveaways to children 13-and-under on those same Sundays; a dedicated “Decades Diner” with rotating food and beverage options; plus commemorative ballpark décor, guests and game entertainment.

While the entire season is dedicated to celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field, the actual 100th birthday is April 23. On that date, the Cubs will host the Diamondbacks a century after the Chicago Federals opened then-Weeghman Park against the Kansas City Packers. Both teams will wear commemorative uniforms and the first 30,000 fans receive a replica 1914 Chi-Feds jersey. Like any good birthday party, Wrigley Field’s celebration will feature special guests, gifts, cake, entertainment and even a serenade to the tune of “Happy Birthday.”

Here are details for each single game purchasing option:

The Cubs will offer the MasterCard Pre-sale starting March 4 at 10 a.m. CT. Fans using a MasterCard can purchase single game tickets in advance of the general on-sale date at a 15 percent premium, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium. MasterCard Pre-sale tickets may be purchased at


Via the Internet: Visitors to can purchase tickets beginning at 10 a.m. CT. A virtual waiting room will be used for all Internet orders. The virtual waiting room will begin accepting customers March 7 at 9:30 a.m. CT. At 10 a.m. CT, customers will be selected from the virtual waiting room to begin purchasing tickets. All Internet customers will need a valid account. Customers are recommended to register for an account prior to March 7.

By Telephone: Tickets can be purchased by telephone beginning at 10 a.m. CT on March 7 by dialing 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

At the Wrigley Field Ticket Office: Tickets will be available for purchase at the Wrigley Field Ticket Windows March 8, beginning at 9 a.m. CT. Due to offseason construction in the main concourse and fans’ increased use of online ticket purchasing, the team will not host a two-hour on-sale event at Wrigley Field prior to online and phone sales.


In celebration of Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday, the Cubs and MasterCard have partnered to offer a consistently low-priced seating option for every game during the 2014 regular season. Cubs fans can use their MasterCard to buy tickets priced at $19.14 before tax with no service or delivery fees. This 350-seat section is located in the Upper Deck Box level in left field.

MasterCard Century Seats must be purchased with a MasterCard, which serves as the buyer’s day-of-game ticket for admittance along with a photo ID. Guests will receive email confirmation of their purchase, however print-at-home tickets are not available for MasterCard Century Seats. These tickets are non-transferable. MasterCard Century Seats are available at or 800-THE-CUBS beginning March 8 at 10 a.m. CT.

For updated ticket pricing, visit For more information, contact the Chicago Cubs Ticket Office at 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

1/26 Cubs promotional schedule

A Joe Tinker bobblehead, Chicago Federals jersey and an Ernie Banks replica statue are among the promotional items that will be given away this season at Cubs home games. The Cubs are celebrating Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary, so the items are linked to different decades in team history.

Here is the 2014 promo schedule with the amount of items that will be given away:

Opening Week
April 4: Cubs magnet schedule (30,000)
April 5: Cubs magnet schedule (30,000)

April 18: Limited edition Joe Tinker bobblehead (10,000)
April 20: Cubs diecast train engine (5,000)
April 23: Replica Chicago Federals jersey (30,000)

May 2: Limited edition Red Grange bobblehead (10,000)
May 3: Cubs fedora hat presented by Budweiser (10,000)
May 4: Cubs Yo-Yo (5,000)
May 6: “Pink Out” T-shirt presented by Advocate and Cubs Charities (Budweiser bleachers)

May 16: Limited edition Babe Ruth’s “called shot” bobblehead (10,000)
May 17: Umbrella presented by Morton Salt (10,000)
May 18: Cubs Viewmaster (5,000)

June 6: Limited edition All-American Girls Professional Baseball League bobblehead (10,000)
June 8: Andy Pafko OYO mini figure (5,000)

June 20: Limited edition Ernie Banks debut bobblehead (10,000)
June 22: Cubs Mr. Potato Head keychain (5,000)
June 27: Wrigley Field 100 tote bag presented by MLB Network (20,000)

July 11: Limited edition Gale Sayers bobblehead (10,000)
July 13: Cubs Etch-A-Sketch (5,000)

July 25: Limited-edition Jack Brickhouse bobblehead with sound chip (10,000)
July 26: Ernie Banks replica statue presented by Budweiser (10,000)
July 27: Cubs magic baseball (5,000)

Aug. 8: Limited edition illuminating first night game bobblehead (10,000)
Aug. 10: Cubs Rubik’s Cube (5,000)

Aug. 22: Limited edition Kerry Wood 20-strikeout bobblehead presented by Budweiser (10,000)
Aug. 24: Reissue Gracie the Swan Beanie Baby (5,000)

Sept. 5: Limited edition bobblehead (to be announced)
Sept. 7: Build-A-Bear Plush Doll (5,000)

1/22 Cubs ticket packages on sale Friday

The Cubs will offer themed 6-Game Packs, 10-Game Packs and 14-Game Flex Packs to celebrate 100 years of Wrigley Field. The packages feature Opening Day, Wrigley’s 100th birthday celebration, rivalry matchups with the White Sox and Cardinals, as well as Interleague games against the Yankees, Rays and Orioles. These multi-game packs will go on sale at on Friday at 1 p.m. CST.

* Cubs 6-Game Pack
The Cubs 6-Game Pack provides a choice of four different pre-selected, six-game plans, with each option tailored to different interests. Options include the “Wrigley 100 Pack,” featuring the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field April 23, along with games from five other decade-themed homestands. The “Sunday Family Day Pack” features retro toy giveaways and opportunities for kids 13-and-under to run the bases post-game, while the Cubs will wear throwback jerseys from each decade being celebrated. The “Summer Six-Pack” features six summer dates from June through August, and the “Opening Day Pack” includes Opening Day, Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday and a Crosstown Cup matchup with the White Sox.

The Cubs 6-Game Pack is available in both the Budweiser Bleachers and the reserved seating bowl of Wrigley Field. Fans must order the same number of tickets for each of the six games in their package. Prices start at just $111 before City and County Amusement taxes for a “Wrigley 100 Pack” in the Upper Deck Reserved Outfield section, with other prices varying based on plan and location. No service fees will be charged for the Cubs 6-Game Pack.

* Cubs 10-Game Pack
The Cubs 10-Game Pack provides a choice of four different pre-selected, 10-game plans. Options include the “Decades Bobblehead Pack,” with each game featuring a unique bobblehead celebrating a historic event from Wrigley Field history; the “Wrigley Field Throwback Pack” featuring all 10 home dates of throwback jerseys, including Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday game; the “Nights and Weekends Pack” comprised entirely of weekend and night games, including a matchup with the White Sox; and the “Rivals Package” featuring matchups with division rivals, the White Sox and an Interleague game with the Yankees.

The Cubs 10-Game Pack is available in both the Budweiser Bleachers and the reserved seating bowl of Wrigley Field. Fans must order the same number of tickets for each of the 10 games in their package. Prices start at just $201 before City and County Amusement taxes for a Cubs 10-Game Pack in the Upper Deck Reserved Outfield section, with other prices varying based on plan and location. No service fees will be charged for the Cubs 9-Game Pack.

* Cubs 14-Game Flex Pack
Fans looking to customize their ticket package can choose the Cubs 14-Game Flex Pack with no online service fees on This package allows fans to select from three Marquee games, such as Opening Day, matchups with the Yankees and summer weekend dates vs. the Cardinals, plus 11 additional games from each month throughout the season. Overall, fans can select from 44 total games when purchasing the Cubs 14-Game Flex Pack.

Tickets may be purchased online through, or by calling the Cubs Ticket Office at 1-800-THE-CUBS.

1/22 Wrigley Field and the rooftops

The Cubs are taking steps to install an advertising sign in right field at Wrigley Field this year despite opposition from rooftop owners. According to a story Wednesday, the Cubs will apply for a city permit to install a 650-square foot see-through sign in right field at the 100-year-old ballpark. The Chicago City Council had authorized such a sign last year. The Cubs made the decision to seek the permit after a negotiating session with rooftop owners on Tuesday ended without a resolution, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“We have worked hard to reach a resolution with our rooftop partners which would have helped preserve their views, including reducing the number, size and location of signs,” said Julian Green, vice president, communications and community affairs, in a statement on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, they opted [Tuesday] to reject the proposal and file this lawsuit.

“Since our approvals last year, we have been anxious to get the Wrigley Field renovation started,” Green said. “[Tuesday’s] action will certainly force additional delays to our project.”

The rooftop owners have filed a defamation lawsuit against stadium financing consultant Marc Ganis, who once advised the Cubs’ prior owner, the Tribune Co. In the suit, rooftop owners accused Ganis of making false and defamatory statements, including urging Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to remove the rooftop roadblock and side with the Cubs.

The Cubs were named in the lawsuit as “respondents in discovery.” According to the Sun-Times, Cubs officials felt the suit signaled the rooftop owners’ intention to take further legal action to block two outfield signs proposed for the ballpark. The Cubs’ $500 million renovation plans also included a video scoreboard in left field. The team has not filed a permit for that signage.

The City Council authorized the renovation plan last summer but last weekend at the Cubs Convention, president of business operations Crane Kenney said the team would not begin the project until rooftop owners agreed not to sue to block the signage.

The rooftop owners share 17 percent of their revenues with the Cubs, who are trying to increase their revenues by installing the signs. The Cubs met with the rooftop owners last week, and reportedly explored the option of reducing the team’s share of the rooftop revenues or buying them out.

— Carrie Muskat

1/17 Here are the retro uniforms …


The Cubs will be wearing retro uniforms this season as part of the Wrigley Field 100th anniversary celebration. Here are samples.

1/10 Cubs Convention

New Cubs manager Rick Renteria will introduce his coaching staff, fans can ask Theo Epstein questions and find out about the up and coming prospects, plus get a sneak peek at the film, “100 Years of Wrigley Field,” at the Cubs Convention, to be held next weekend. The three-day winter fan fest will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, starting next Friday with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. CT.

Friday will mark the premiere of MLB Productions’ “100 Years of Wrigley Field” movie. The film, which will be released to the public in February, celebrates the history of the ballpark, which marks its 100th anniversary this year.

The following current Cubs are scheduled to attend: Jake Arrieta, Darwin Barney, Welington Castillo, Starlin Castro, Kyuji Fujikawa, Justin Grimm, Edwin Jackson, George Kottaras, Junior Lake, Donnie Murphy, Blake Parker, Brooks Raley, Anthony Rizzo, Hector Rondon, Justin Ruggiano, Chris Rusin, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Nate Schierholtz, Pedro Strop, Ryan Sweeney, Luis Valbuena, Carlos Villanueva, Jose Veras, Travis Wood, and Wesley Wright.

Among the Minor League players expected at the convention will be Arismendy Alcantara, Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, C.J. Edwards, Kyle Hendricks, Pierce Johnson, Eric Jokisch, Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez, Armando Rivero, Rubi Silva, Jorge Soler, Christian Villanueva and Arodys Vizcaino.

2014 Cubs Convention Schedule of Events (all times CT)

Friday, Jan. 17

6-7 p.m., Opening ceremony: Fans can welcome their favorite Cubs of the past, present and future into the 2014 season.

7:15-8 p.m., Autograph Hunt Game: Study the map given out at the end of the Opening Ceremony and find the Cubs logos to start collecting. You never know who you’ll find, from favorite Cubs alumni to future Cubs stars.

8-10 p.m., Film Premiere, “100 Years of Wrigley Field:” Get a sneak peek at MLB Productions’ “100 Years of Wrigley Field.” The movie takes a look back at Wrigley’s history from 1914 to today through testimonials from former Cubs, celebrities and historians. This exclusive premiere will feature a memorable introduction.

Saturday, Jan. 18

9-10 a.m., Ricketts Family Forum: Tom, Laura, Pete and Todd Ricketts will discuss the future of Wrigley Field and the team. There will be a question/answer session.

10-11 a.m., Meet the Cubs Baseball Management: Epstein, Hoyer, assistant GM Randy Bush and assistant GM Shiraz Rehman will answer questions.

10:30-11:30 a.m., Jeopardy, “Wrigley Field 100:” Pat Hughes and Dave Otto will host the special edition. All clues will be based around the history of the balpark. Each team of players will choose a fan to participate with them.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Scouting & Player Development: Cubs baseball executives Joe Bohringer, Matt Dorey, Jaron Madison and Jason McLeod will discuss the Minor League players.

12-1 p.m., Meet the Rookie Development Program: Fans can meet top prospects, who will discuss what they’re looking forward to this year.

12:45-1:45 p.m., For Kids Only Press Conference, presented by AdvocateHealth Care: Kids take charge and have the chance to ask Jake Arrieta, Darwin Barney, Anthony Rizzo, Nate Schierholtz and Travis Wood questions.

1:30-2:30 p.m., Cubs Business Operations Update: Investing in the long term success of Cubs baseball requires continued growth from all areas of the organization. Hear directly from Cubs management on initiatives underway to grow the amount of resources available for baseball operations, improve the fan experience, and support the Wrigleyville community. Fans will receive updates on the efforts to restore and improve Wrigley Field, the future of Cubs television and radio partnerships and new business opportunities.

2-3 p.m., Not for Women Only: WGN Radio’s Kathy O’Malley and Judy Markey join Russell, Samardzija, Strop and Sweeney in a question and answer session.

3-4 p.m., Welcome the New Skipper: Renteria introduces his coaching staff and answers questions from fans.

4:30-5:30 p.m., Cubs Family Feud: Back for its second year with an updated structure is a Cubs version of the hit game show. One fan will be selected to participate with each team.

6:30-7:30 p.m., Celebrating 100 Years of Wrigley Field: This season promises to be special as Cubs fans celebrate 100 years in Wrigley Field history. Public address announcer Andrew Belleson, scoreboard operator Rick Fuhs, historian Ed Hartig, radio play-by-play broadcaster Pat Hughes, television broadcaster Len Kasper and senior director of marketing Alison Miller will take part.

8-10 p.m., Cubs Bingo, presented by Budweiser: The game will include a 50/50 raffle, live auction, food and beverage options.

Sunday, Jan. 19

9-10 a.m., 30-year anniversary of the 1984 team: Several players from the ’84 team will revisit what it was like to play for the Cubs during that season.

10:30-11:30 a.m., Down on the farm: Jaron Madison, director of player development, and Jason McLeod, senior vice president of scouting and player development, will be joined by Justin Grimm and Blake Parker to talk about the Minor League system.

* Please note: The Cubs Convention will have a new autograph system to reduce the amount of time fans have spent waiting in lines. This year, an autograph voucher system will be in effect for all players at Stage A on Jan. 18-19. All other autograph stages will run on a first-come, first-served basis, as they have been in the past.

Every attendee will receive a pull tab at Cubs registration. A number of these pull tabs are redeemable for one autograph. The pull tab gives direction as to if and what each attendee has been awarded. If a fan receives access to an autograph on Stage A, they should show up at the time slot listed to be granted access to the line. Only those with the applicable vouchers will be permitted to enter the Stage A session.

Autograph opportunities on all stages are included in the price of admission. In fact, more total player autograph opportunities are available this year than any previous Cubs Convention.

* Also new this year will be chances for fans to have a more personal meet and greet with their favorite players for a donation of $125 for current players and $150 for alumni. The money will be donated to Cubs Charities. Fans will receive an authentic baseball to be signed, a photo opportunity with the player, and time to ask questions and interact. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in receiving more information about this opportunity should visit the Cubs Charities room on the second level at the Sheraton when the convention opens.

12/4 Wrigley Field update

According to Crain’s Chicago Business, a Chicago city panel approved an ordinance Wednesday that reduces the maximum number of night games the Cubs can schedule but will give the team more flexibility. The ordinance, approved by the Commiittee on License and Consumer Protection, will trim the number of night games from 46 to 43. The Chicago City Council approved 46 night games in June. In exchange, the city has dropped its authority to veto days and times chosen for rescheduled night games.

Crain’s reports the ordinance also increases the number of security personnel outside Wrigley Field after Cubs games, and that the city must pay for 10 additional staffers. The Cubs also must expand the remote parking from 500 spaces to 1,000, and make it free.

The Cubs also will have to pay a fine if any concerts at Wrigley Field go beyond 11 p.m., according to Crain’s. This summer’s Pearl Jam concert went until 2 a.m. because of a weather delay.

The City Council will consider the new ordinance Dec. 11.