Zoning panel clears Wrigleyville development

Plans for a massive shopping, hotel and housing development near Wrigley Field cleared another hurdle Thursday as the City Council Zoning Committee gave it the go-ahead.

Ald. Thomas Tunney, 44th, spoke in favor of the project, which would be built to wrap around the southeast corner of Addison and Clark streets.

The development would include a home improvement store or a chain pharmacy that Tunney said would end the “feast or famine” character of neighborhood businesses, which he said now rely very heavily on Cubs games to draw shoppers.

Some Wrigleyville residents and business owners have complained that chain stores would “suburbanize” the neighborhood and ruin its eclectic vibrancy.

The full council still must approve.

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