Cubs announce block party schedule

After trying to get Sheffield Avenue shut down for a few summer street fests, the Cubs decided to hold the fest on their own property.

The team announced Monday the first-ever Wrigleyville Block Party, to be held this Friday-Sunday during the New York Yankees series on the west side of Wrigley Field bordering Clark Street.

The next two block parties will be July 1-3 for the White Sox series, and Aug. 19-21 for the Cardinals. The event is free, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. those days.

The Cubs and Northwestern held a similar street party on Sheffield last November, in conjunction with the Northwestern-Illinois football game at Wrigley. Nicknamed “Wildcat Way,” the event was a big success and drew visitors that couldn’t or didn’t want to go to the game itself.

The Cubs hoped to capitalize on the success of that one-day fest and expand it to nine days- the three summer weekend series against the Yankees, Sox and Cardinals.

But when local businesses protested they’d lose revenue to the Cubs’ party, the organization decided to hold a scaled-down version on their west parking lot. It’s a smaller venue and borders a busy street, but they’ve used it for the ice skating rinks in winters and held a smaller streetfest there during the Winter Classic hockey game a couple years ago.

The Wrigleyville Block Party, which the Cubs referred to as an “interactive street festival for all ages,” features bands, video games, basketball hoops, food and beer stages and even a BP Crosstown Cup Photo booth, for those in need of having their picture taken with the BP Cup.

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