Wrigley Field plaza beer, wine plan delayed at City Council

The Cubs got preliminary approval from aldermen Wednesday for an ordinance to give them more flexibility to schedule night games, but ran into a delay in their push to set up a team-controlled outdoor plaza where fans can drink beer and listen to live music next to Wrigley Field so neighborhood residents can get a closer look at the details.

The City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection advanced a package that will allow the team to schedule up to 43 night games without needing to come back to the city for approval.

The measure, which heads to the full City Council for consideration, also sets escalating fines for concerts at the historic ballpark that run beyond 11 p.m. after neighbors complained about a Pearl Jam show last summer that ran late due to a rain delay.

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