With baseball season starting this week, the Cubs have issued a letter to Lakeview residents reminding them of the team’s wishes to create festival-like atmosphere on Sheffield Avenue on some weekends.
“We are working with the city of Chicago and local residents and businesses to create a street festival on Sheffield Avenue during the most popular series this season – weekends against the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals,” Michael Lufrano, Cubs executive vice president for community affairs, wrote in a newsletter delivered this weekend to Wrigleyville residents.
The newsletter details neighborhood protection activities during the Cubs season and events at Wrigley Field, such as operating remote parking lots and bicycle valet and emptying public trash cans.
“Sheffield Avenue is closed regularly for baseball games and this festival would allow the team to use the space to offer expanded food and beverage options and other amenities for fans.”
The idea was tested during the November Northwestern University football game against University of Illinois at Wrigley Field. Lufrano said it was very successful for local businesses.
The Cubs home opener is Friday. The team plays the Yankees the weekend of June 17, the Sox the weekend of July 1, and the Cardinals the weekend of August 19