The Cubs say their plans were designed to score a federal tax credit worth up to $75 million.
But the rooftop owners allege the Ricketts family had ulterior motives when it last year asked Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked Chicago Commission on Landmarks to approve changes to their plan for signs and a jumbotron.
“Instead of substantively modifying the outfield sign plan, the Cubs reconfigured the . . . signs so as to completely block the views of the Rooftops the Cubs were unable to purchase,” the owners allege in the suit against the City of Chicago.
The new sign arrangement shafts rooftop owners who weren’t willing to sell, but will “restore the views of the Rooftops the Cubs contracted to purchase,” say the owners, who want a Cook County Judge to stop the signs from going up.