The Chicago city council took up the latest iterations of Cubs owner Tom Ricketts’ Wrigley Field renovation plan this week, and they didn’t actually entirely rubber-stamp everything! Yet, anyway:
- The City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection okayed plans to allow the Cubs to schedule more night games, but put off a vote on allowing the team to sell beer at an outdoor plaza, with alderman Tom Tunney saying community members are concerned that the Cubs could hold concerts on the plaza and sell beer on non-game days. Sponsor of the bill that Tunney has now delayed: Tom Tunney.
- The City Council Zoning Committee voted in favor of moving back the right-field outer wall of the ballpark and adding a party deck, as well as the advertising arch that the Cubs want to build over Clark Street. East Lake View Neighbors chair Chester Kropidlowski testified against the arch yesterday, saying, “Instead of ‘Welcome to Lakeview, one of the best places to live,’ it will probably say ‘Drink Pepsi-Cola,’ or ‘Do This,’” but to no avail. (Actually, an arch that just said “Do This” would be nicely Krugerian.)
The revised Wrigley plan now heads to the full council for a vote, where everything will no doubt get worked out between Tunney and himself. Whether anything ever actually gets built, since Ricketts is still insisting on a no-lawsuits pledge before breaking ground, is another story.