In 2014, the Cubs Announced a multiphase plan to update and rehabilitate Wrigley Field . Improvements Have Been Made to the outfield bleachers and the Cubs home clubhouse, but a lot of work remains in and around the ballpark.
In Addition to the massive Amounts of work being done to Wrigley Field itself, the Cubs and the Ricketts family are planning three more structures around the ballpark in coming years. Last year, construction on the first of Began These buildings: the office and retail space to be located at the north end of an open-air square on the site of the former parking lot triangle. Work recently started on the second building, a boutique hotel, with the demolition of the McDonalds on the opposite side of Clark Street. The third building, a two-story annex That will be attached to the ballpark itself, is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
Wrigley Field work finished in 2015-16 offseason:
- Cubs’ new 30,000-square-foot home clubhouse
- Temporary batting tunnels for Cubs and visitors
- Permanent location of ticket office and guest services
- Expansion of two restrooms
- Western facade of ballpark
- Improvements to center field bleachers, treats including new Budweiser Bleacher Bar
Office building and square
Work will continue During the 2016 season on the new office building located in the square and triangle old parking lot, as well as a new western entrance to the ballpark.
According To the Cubs, the open-air square is Intended to be enjoyed by the community year-round. Suggested use Have included hosting an ice rink in the winter, farmers markets in the summer and outdoor music events.
In January, Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th, Introduced a proposal to Set rules for the outdoor area, treats including ending events in the plaza at 9pm on weeknights and 10pm on weekends. The proposal would allow beer Present and wine to be sold at the plaza, but would stop sales Alcohol During games and concerts taking place inside Wrigley Field and would not resume Until an hour after events Such end. The Cubs Have Argued That the Proposed time and spirit rules are too restrictive.
The six-story office building at the north end of the plaza will house administrative offices and conference Cubs meeting spaces, as well as retail on the ground floor.
“Retail and Entertainment space”
In a future phase of construction, a two-story annex would be built in the current location of the Captain Morgan Club. The Cubs Have Described as the annex to retail and entertainment space, and Suggested use include a restaurant / bar, retail store merchandise and ticket office.
The rooftop of the annex will be connected to the terrace concourse inside the ballpark, creating a new terrace space That will include expanded concession areas and bathrooms.
This new area is expected to be ready for Opening Day 2018.
The Ricketts family plans to open a “premium neighborhood boutique” hotel on the northwest corner of Clark and Addison streets. The hotel will be Affiliated With Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and will include 180 rooms, retail, and food and beverage options.
Updated renderings of the new hotel Have not Been made available. Construction is beginning next year.