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  1. Booo instant play videos

    Comment by gouis — April 16, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  2. NIMBYs will have a field day with this kind of deal. Let the lawsuits begin.

    Comment by maqman — April 16, 2013 @ 9:51 am

  3. From this vantage point, it’s difficult to pinpoint what may have led the Alderman to move from Cubs’ foe to Cubs’ friend.

    Not familiar with Chicago politics, are you? It could have been a carrot or a stick but he didn’t do it out of the goodness of his heart or for that playground you mentioned. He either got a “campaign donation” or the mayor twisted his arm. Maybe both.

    Comment by MikeS — April 16, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  4. If I were in charge of P.R. for the Cubs, the first thing I would announce I was renovating would be the restrooms.

    Comment by eastsider — April 16, 2013 @ 10:17 am

  5. Revitalize the neighborhood?

    Wrigleyville is one of the most expensive areas in Chicago. Its about as vital as neighborhoods get.

    I honestly can’t see any way to put a hotel in there without killing everything that makes the neighborhood nice.

    Comment by Synovia — April 16, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  6. I think she’s trying to avoid making assumptions. As you illustrate, they’re easy to make. No evidence needed!

    Comment by Ben Hall — April 16, 2013 @ 10:48 am

  7. You don’t need evidence after living in the city for 20 years.

    Comment by SeaBass — April 16, 2013 @ 10:54 am

  8. I think it’s cute that Chicago thinks their politics is so special. It looks like they got the team to foot the whole bill and tons of add-ons as well. Seems like whatever they did, they did a good job.

    Comment by TKDC — April 16, 2013 @ 11:04 am

  9. What, the masses of drunk trust fund recent graduates vomiting in the street? I don’t think some hotel will deter them much. I will admit, that empty paved lot where they are planning the hotel is pretty scenic though.

    Comment by Eminor3rd — April 16, 2013 @ 11:49 am

  10. Wendy – Nice article. One correction: Friday afternoon games start at 1:20, not 1:05.

    Comment by Ben — April 16, 2013 @ 11:58 am

  11. If teams were really concerned about post-game drunken driving, they would also stop making “last call on alcohol” announcements during the game. Those announcements serve as a reminder to the boozers to double-up.

    Comment by Slacker George — April 16, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

  12. The idea that they actually care is a joke. At Nats Park for instance, if you are in a suite, you can drink your face off the whole game – you supply your own booze. If you are in the PNC club, it is free booze until the 8th inning (and you can easily get away with hoarding 2-3 extras that last you until the game is over), and you can buy booze through the end of the game (maybe after, I’m always too drunk by then anyway, but I don’t drive).

    From what I’ve heard about Cubs games, it is a shit show and whether they stop beer sales in the 5th, 7th, or 9th inning probably makes very little difference.

    Comment by TKDC — April 16, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

  13. But it’s a nice neighborhood the rest of the time, Eminor3rd, which is most of the calendar year. I think that was the point.

    Comment by Dan — April 16, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

  14. Yeah, but I don’t know of too many upscale hotels that hurt the feel of a neighborhood. They are usually considered a benefit, not a hinderance.

    It’s not like they are building some 60 storey skyscraper.

    Comment by JayT — April 16, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

  15. They are the scum of the internet

    Comment by Joe — April 16, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

  16. The team always wanted to “foot the whole bill” as long as the city got out of it’s way. They were originally asking for public dollars because every other team in this town has a publically financed field not to mention the number of other city/neighborhood restrictions that prevent the team from running its business as it sees fit. The Cubs have to be one of a few teams, if not the only team, in MLB that owns its park outright without public dollars.

    The rooftop owners can’t stop the renovations. Tunney jumped ship because he can plainly see the reality of this deal’s inevitability. The alderman represents the entire ward and a revamped Wrigley Field will continue to be a great thing for the area. The thing that kills me about the neighborhood association and rooftop owners is that they don’t seem to realize that the value of the area is wholly because of the Cubs. If they left, the bars and restaurants in the area would go out of business and property values would suffer.

    Comment by EKG — April 16, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

  17. Like Rick Astley.

    Comment by samuelraphael — April 16, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

  18. Yup. Pretty gobsmacking to buy an overpriced condo in Wrigleyville in 2008, and then just five years later, Wrigley Field sneaks into the neighborhood while you aren’t looking.

    Comment by Sarge6 — April 16, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

  19. Wrigleyville is expensive, but vital and nice is open to debate. Clark Street has descended to Bourbon Street North year ’round. And cops in the district will tell you about the increase in street thug crimes against victims of opportunity.

    Comment by Sarge6 — April 16, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

  20. anyone who has lived in Cook County for more than a year knows the ways of cook county politics – mike S and SeaBass ar absolutely correct.

    Comment by skmd — April 16, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

  21. every simulation I’ve seen of the proposed jumbotron puts it over the L field bleachers. I’m wondering – IF the cubs are serious about trying to accomodate the rooftop views as much as possible (admittedly, a big if) – if there wouldn’t be less obstruction if they moved the old scoreboard to the L field position, and put the jumbotron where the present scoreboard is.

    Comment by skmd — April 16, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

  22. Instant start up vidoes? Do Not Want.

    Comment by Ruki Motomiya — April 16, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

  23. I live in wrigleyville now, and I’m not too happy about the hotel. Honestly, the worst part about the neighborhood is getting stupid tourists in the area. You might think I’m overreacting, but they really do find a way to mess your day up when you have to share a backyard with them and get on the El with them. Obviously, if you move into the area you expect to deal with them when the cubs are playing, but with a hotel in the area these tourists are going to be there year round. Thank god I willbe out of the neighborhood by time this new hotel comes up.

    Comment by Njmasse — April 16, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

  24. Chicago politics has been deemed the most corrupt for over 20+years according to the FBI and numerous studies done by Illinois Universities that need Chicagoan $$$$.. google it

    Comment by Tammany — April 16, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

  25. Wrigleyville is a small homey neighborhood that just happens to be in the middle of everything. Its entire charm is the fact that its right next to Wrigley, but hasn’t really been built up at all. People still have yards. There are greystones instead of big apartment buildings.

    A big luxury hotel is pretty far from the feel of this neighborhood.

    Comment by Synovia — April 16, 2013 @ 11:51 pm

  26. Imagine that. Sharing public transportation with people.

    Comment by mschieve — April 17, 2013 @ 8:10 am

  27. Illinois: Where the governor’s make the license plates.

    Yeah, you don;t need to live in Illinois long to realize how things work … and have always worked.

    Our governor put a Senate seat up for bid, and wasn’t too private about it.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — April 17, 2013 @ 10:12 am

  28. … our half of the seats whose view of any fly ball is blocked out.

    Wrigley Field is a beautiful ballpark in June and July. BUt, in order to enjoy the game without obstructed views, you have to sit in certain areas. There’s no parking (I love paying people $30 to park in their driveway, only to be boxed in), it’s like everything was built for hobbits, etc.

    For a non-Cub fan, Wrigley was a great place to go ONCE. After you crossed off “seeing the Ivy” off your list, there’s not a whole lotta reasons to go back. I guess even if you ARE a Cub fan, there’s not a lot of reasons to go back. *grin*

    Comment by CircleChange11 — April 17, 2013 @ 10:17 am

  29. I think the views are fine in most of the stadium. You cannot see parts of the outfield in the bleachers, but I’ve had more trouble with that particular problem in the new Busch stadium. (And have heard the same problem exists in the Phillies stadium).

    Comment by MichaelD — April 17, 2013 @ 10:27 am

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