Seven outfield signs — two of them video scoreboards — are too much for Wrigley Field to handle and will destroy the charm of the century-old stadium, a member of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks warned Thursday.
Before a meeting at which the Cubs had hoped to win approval of their revised Wrigley renovation plan, former lakefront Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th) made it clear she’s inclined to vote against the proposal, on the grounds that it disturbs one of the “historic elements” of Wrigley. Those elements were landmarked in 2004 in exchange for granting the Cubs permission to play more night games.
The designation covered the exterior and marquee sign at Clark and Addison, the quaint center field scoreboard and ivy-covered brick walls and the “uninterrupted sweep” of the bleachers and grandstand.