Ald. Tom Tunney Proposes Wrigley Plaza Compromise

Special events would include any non-baseball activities or concert with more than 1,000 people in attendance, beer and wine service throughout the plaza and noise levels exceeding city limits.

That typically would not include smaller-scale events like the ice rink, family movie nights and farmers markets, which would only have alcohol sold inside the plaza restaurants and their patios — not on the plaza itself.

Alcohol could be sold on the plaza starting two hours before Cubs games or concerts and through the seventh-inning stretch or one hour before the end of a concert.

Only those with tickets to games or shows would be allowed on the plaza, which would close 45 minutes after concerts and night games.

Tunney also wants to prohibit Wrigley Field concerts on weeknights during the school year from Labor Day through June 15.

The half-finished Wrigley Field plaza on Opening Day 2016. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]

While Tunney lashed out at the Cubs on Wednesday, officials pointed out that plaza operations fall under Hickory Street Capital, a separate company owned by the Ricketts family.



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