Chicago Plan Commission gave the green light to the Chicago Cubs'
planned $500 million Wrigley Field renovation project Thursday. The
city's zoning committee and the full city council still need to sign off
on the plan, which also includes development of land surrounding the
iconic field. The proposed revamp is expected to win final approval,
however, because Mayor Rahm Emanuel backs it. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th)
has since come around and endorsed it.
Last week, the city's landmark commission approved a
5,700-square-foot Jumbotron in the ballpark's left field and an
advertising sign in right field. Cubs officials wanted the signs to be a
bit bigger, but both were reduced in size following concerns from local rooftop owners and Tunney. In an effort to appease the alderman, Emanuel told him that besides the two signs, there would be
“no additional outfield signs for many years to come,” Tunney told the newspaper. The franchise will also be holding off on a beer garden at the planned hotel.