The Chicago Cubs received preliminary approval Thursday to push back Wrigley Field’s right field wall an additional 8 feet as part of a renovation of the stadium, a move that also would involve narrowing Sheffield Avenue behind the ballpark.
The Cubs would also be allowed to enlarge a bar and grill at the southeast corner of the stadium as part of the changes approved by the Chicago Landmarks Commission. Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced the changes to the Wrigley renovation package and Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th, endorsed them, giving the revisions a strong likelihood of success when the amended renovation plans go back to the Plan Commission and City Council for approval.
Though aldermen already signed off once on the $500 million overhaul, work has yet to begin. Cubs CEO Tom Ricketts says he wants assurances from the owners of rooftop clubs surrounding the park that they will not sue to prevent the team from putting up a large video board in left field and a 650-square-foot see-through billboard in right field that will block some rooftop views.