Complex across from Wrigley Field wins approval from city planners

BY DAVID ROEDER Staff Reporter

A hotel and residential complex on Addison Street across from Wrigley Field won approval today from city planners.

The Chicago Plan Commission endorsed the project, which would be anchored by a 137-room hotel. It also would include 135 residences.

It is in the 44th Ward of Ald. Tom Tunney, who said most people in the vicinity support it. Supporters of a business that would be evicted, IO, the former Improv Olympics, spoke against it.

They said the project would replace independent businesses with chain stores. Critics also said it would worsen congestion and be a precedent for more high-rises.

Tunney said the project will add vitality to a commercial block that suffers a “feast or famine” depending on whether a Cubs game is being played.

He said Improv backers that signed petitions against the project mostly don’t live in the area.

The project was proposed by M&R Development LLC. The height of about 91 feet at the maximum, the project would not overshadow the ballpark.

The commission’s recommendation goes to the City Council for action.

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