As Wrigleyville prepares for the Cubs’ postseason run — which kicks off Friday night at Wrigley Field — officials are warning neighbors of impending street closures, parking restrictions and other playoff plans.
Police are asking grocery and liquor stores in the neighborhood to avoid selling champagne bottles, said Bennett Lawson, chief of staff for Ald. Tom Tunney (44th). That’s likely to prevent massive glass bottle pile-up like this scene from the 2015 Blackhawks championship celebration:
Bars will use plastic cups during games for similar reasons, Lawson said. Officials have advised them to avoid overcrowding and expect occupancy checks over the next month.
The police department has promised an increased presence on nights the Cubs could “clinch” their advancement in the playoffs. The first opportunity — a chance to advance to the National League Championship Series — could come as early as Monday, but that will be an away game for the Cubs.
The National League Division Series clincher would only be in Wrigley if the series lasts all five games, wrapping up Oct. 13.
Police — which typically includes Town Hall District Cmdr. Robert Cesario on big game nights — have often used the option to block off portions of Clark and Addison toward the end of games with large crowds.
During last year’s postseason, officers occasionally barricaded all four sides of the intersection, keeping exiting Wrigley Field attendees from the Clark Street bars.