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The Renovation Of Wrigley Field: Into The 21st Century

The saga of a deal between the city of Chicago and the Chicago Cubs on renovating Wrigley Field has been ongoing since the Ricketts family bought the team. Here are all the BCB stories regarding the sometimes-contentious negotiations and eventual agreement.

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New Wrigley Renovation Plan Unanimously Approved

This news isn't really a surprise. But it might not be the final word, either.

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Cubs Tweak Wrigley Renovation Plans Yet Again

"It ain't over till it's over," Yogi Berra once said. That seems particularly apt for the Wrigley renovation saga.

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Rooftop Owners Say They Won't Sue The Cubs, If...

This is an interesting development.

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Cubs Tweak Sign Plan, Expect Commission Approval

Get ready for more signs in Wrigley Field, if one report is correct.

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The Wrigley Field Ivy And The New Left-Field Wall

If you're wondering about the ivy looking kind of sparse on the left-field wall at Wrigley Field, here's an explanation, with photos.

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Cubs Back Off Bullpen Proposal

The plot, as it usually does when it comes to the Cubs/rooftops dispute, has thickened yet again.

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New Wrigley Plan: 'Not So Fast,' Says Rahm

The new Wrigley Field renovation plans could be held up. (This should not surprise you.)

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Cubs Release New Wrigley Renovation Renderings

These are quite different from the earlier renderings... and I think I know why.

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Hey, Rooftop Owners! Shut Up, Already

The Wrigleyville rooftop owners have held up the Cubs' Wrigley Field restoration project long enough. Time for them to stop.

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Tom Ricketts: 'Time To Move Forward' On Wrigley

The Cubs have produced a six-minute video featuring the team's chairman about renovations at Wrigley Field

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Cubs Contemplate Selling Minority Ownership Shares

Quick, check under the couch cushions, see if you have enough buried down there to buy some.

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The Rooftops, The Cubs, And The Contract

CSN's David Kaplan had a look at the actual contract between the rooftops and the Cubs. Here are some relevant portions, and some thoughts.

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Cubs File For Permit For Right-Field Sign

I'll bet you can hear the rooftops shouting.

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The Rooftops And The Cubs: A History

You might have forgotten some of this, but it's more relevant than ever right now.

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Cubs, Rooftop Owners Likely Headed To Court

The two sides have been talking, but those negotiations broke down this week.

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Rahm Emanuel Tells Cubs: Start Construction

Eventually, the Wrigley Field restoration project will commence. In the meantime, we have more words to read about it.

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Wrigley Renovations: Street Narrowing Approved

In which we inch closer to actual final passage by the Chicago City Council of all the club's plans.

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Council Committee Approves More Wrigley Changes

Eventually, this project will get done. Wrigleyville will change; some say for the worse, but the reality is, life will go on pretty much as it is now.

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Wrigley Night Game Deal OK; No Beer On Plaza, Yet

A Chicago City Council committee approved the tweaks to the Cubs' new night game plan, but put the team's proposal to sell alcohol on the planned outdoor plaza on hold.

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Tunney Proposal Says Cubs Could Sell Beer On Plaza

The 44th Ward alderman, who's been seen as a critic of Cubs proposals, has proposed an ordinance that would allow the Cubs to make money on liquor sales at the Cubs' new outdoor plaza.

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Chicago Plan Commission Approves Wrigley 'Tweaks'

This is like déjà vu all over again (in the immortal words of Yogi Berra). "And you may ask yourself: Well... how did I get here?"

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Landmarks Commission OK's 'Tweaked' Wrigley Plan

There's more news about the Wrigley renovation plan, but no actual construction... yet.

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Cubs Raise Mock Right-Field Sign At Wrigley Field

The Cubs have talked about posting a fixed, see-through advertising sign behind the right-field bleachers at Wrigley. Wednesday, they lifted a mock sign into position so rooftop owners could see exactly how it would look.

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Cubs Sued Over Wrigleyville Hotel Proposal

As if the Cubs' renovation plans didn't have enough problems.

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Cubs Get Wrigley Renovation Tweaks From Rahm

Chicago's mayor introduced some minor changes in the Wrigley Field renovation agreement to the City Council Wednesday, including cleaning up the language regarding night games.

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Wrigley Construction Start? Rahm: Maybe. Cubs: No.

And some information about the expansion of Wrigley Field's outer walls.

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Wrigley Renovations: Wait Till Next Year

After nearly a year of putting out renovation plans to restore and upgrade Wrigley Field, the Cubs won't be doing anything major to the ballpark this offseason.

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RF Sign At Wrigley Could Go Up At Season's End

The Cubs are going to start making changes to several things at Wrigley Field once the 2013 season is over.

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Wrigley Renovations: Cubs Threaten Rooftops

You won't be surprised by anything either the Cubs or the rooftops said in the latest skirmish between them.

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Wrigley Renovations: Rahm Says 'Maybe' To Deck

There's news on trading-deadline day other than trades and rumors of trades.

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Wrigley Renovations: A Plaza Over Sheffield?

Wait till you hear this proposal for the Wrigley renovation deal that you thought was completed last week.

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City Council Approves Wrigley Renovation Deal

The Cubs will be staying in Chicago, in a renovated Wrigley Field, with work to be done over the next several years, after months of contentious negotiations resulted in an agreement Wednesday afternoon.

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Cubs Release Wrigley-Area Traffic/Parking Study

Do you drive to games at Wrigley Field? Then you'll find this traffic study the Cubs did very interesting.

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Wrigley Renovations: Tunney Moving Goalposts Again

I'm not making this up. Seriously. Read on.

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Wrigley Renovations: Tunney Says 'Yes', Deal Done

At last, the Wrigley Field renovation project is on track to get started, after the City Council approves -- that's expected, after Ald. Tunney has removed his objections. ('Bout time, Tom.)

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Wrigley Renovations: Ald. Tunney Issues New Threat

The Tinpot Dictator of the 44th Ward is at it again. You're likely not surprised by this.

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Wrigley Renovations: Jumbotron Approved

The 44th Ward alderman is still upset about some of the deal that was approved by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks Thursday, moving the process of Wrigley Field renovations forward.

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Wrigley Renovations: Smaller Boards, Tunney Upset

We're getting closer to final decisions and agreements on the renovations to Wrigley Field. But guess who's still standing in the way?

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Wrigley Renovations - Rahm: Deal 'A Few Feet Away'

Could there be a somewhat smaller Jumbotron agreed to by everyone in the Wrigley renovation negotiations? Sounds like it, if you listen to Chicago's mayor carefully.

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Wrigley Renovations: Selling Every Bit Of Space

Advertising is a fact of life at sports stadiums. Wrigley Field has less of that than any other baseball park. If the Cubs get approval for their requests for more ads, that's going to change.

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Wrigley Renovations: Time For Some Hardball

Can you believe we're still talking about "plans" for renovations instead of a deal? This should have been done months ago, and maybe it's time for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step in.

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Landmark Commission OKs Wrigley Rehab -- Mostly

There will be new signs at Wrigley, as that part of the renovation deal has been approved by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. New Jumbotron? Not. Quite. Yet.

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Wrigley Renovations: Landmarks, Tom Tunney & More

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) is at it again -- but this time he might have a point, as discussions about the Cubs' Wrigley renovation project drag on.

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Cubs Release New Wrigley Renovation Rendering

The Cubs will be making changes all around Wrigley Field in their renovation project; here's a look at one corner.

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Another Suburban Mayor Has Another Dumb Cubs Idea

Now it's Tinley Park, which has pretty much zero chance of happening. Still, I thought you'd be amused by the proposed location.

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Wrigley Renovations: Landmark Commission Meeting

There's going to be another meeting next Thursday to discuss the Wrigley renovation proposal. If only the Cubs could have as many hits, runs and wins as there are meetings on this topic.

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Wrigley Renovations: The Cubs Aren't Moving, But..

Why is the Wrigley rehab deal not done yet? Because some Wrigley neighbors are being obstinate. They need to stop and get out of the way.

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Wrigley Renovations: Rahm And Tom Meet

If you think the Wrigley renovation story is going to end with anything other than Wrigley being renovated, you'd be wrong.

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The Wrigley Saga: Another Silly 'Cubs Move' Idea

Yet another suburban politician thinks he can get the Cubs to move to his turf. He's wrong, but here's his story.

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Wrigley Renovations: Tribune Critic Whiffs

An architecture writer for the Chicago Tribune wrote her second article about the Wrigley Field restoration project. She made mistakes in the first one. Guess what? She's done it again.

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A Modest Proposal For Wrigley's Scoreboard

There have been many proposals by the Cubs for changes at Wrigley Field. Here's one they might not have thought of, but should consider. (And it wouldn't require city or neighborhood approval!)

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Wrigley Renovations: More Night Game Controversy

The Chicago City Council is beginning to take up the issue of more night games at Wrigley Field. Naturally, there are some who are complaining.

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Wrigley Renovations: Men's Room Troughs Will Stay

Everything you always wanted to know about the troughs in the Wrigley Field men's rooms, but were afraid to ask.

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Wrigley Renovations: Tom Tunney Is At It Again

The 44th Ward alderman hadn't made any incendiary statements recently regarding the Cubs' Wrigley renovation plans. And now, he has, again.

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Cubs, Rooftop Owners View Video Board Mockups

The Cubs played on the South Side Tuesday, but there was plenty of activity around Wrigley Field Tuesday morning anyway.

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Cubs Release New Triangle Property Renderings

The Cubs are continuing to provide drawings of some of the projects they are planning around Wrigley Field. Here are some of what might happen to the triangle property adjacent to the ballpark.

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Cubs Launch Wrigley Restoration Website

The Cubs now have a website -- separate from, but associated with, cubs.com -- for information about the Wrigley Field renovation project.

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Cubs Night-Game Increase Sent To City Council

There will soon be more games at Wrigley Field under the lights. This is a good thing for the team, and it won't impact the neighborhood -- much.

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Analysis: The Cubs' Wrigley Field Renovation Plans

The Cubs recently released the details of their proposal to restore Wrigley Field. Here are my thoughts on some of the more intricate, and controversial, requests the team is making.

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Cubs Night-Game Increase Heading To City Council

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is going to introduce the Cubs' proposal for more night games to the Chicago City Council next week. Let the show begin!

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Cubs Offered Non-Rosemont Alternative To Wrigley

This isn't serious. But it shows how minor-league teams can get your attention with clever marketing ideas.

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Cubs Aren't Leaving Wrigley. You Know That, Right?

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts made a statement Wednesday morning that's been the focus of breathless media reports ever since. You know, or you should, that what he said is never going to happen.

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Cubs Unveil Wrigley 'Restoration' Renderings

Here you can see all the Cubs' plans for Wrigley Field and the surrounding area. Tom Ricketts said the club might have to "consider" moving if they don't get all of this. Do you believe him?

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Neighbors Weigh In On Wrigley Night Games

Discussions are ongoing about various parts of the Cubs' Wrigley renovation proposal. The current hot topic: night games.

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Wrigley Renovation: Architecture Critic Weighs In

Everyone's got an opinion about Wrigley renovations. Dive in as I deconstruct one of them, from an architecture writer.

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Why Do The Cubs Need A Jumbotron This Big?

The Miller Park video board is very, very large. How large? Large enough to prompt me to write this article.

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Wrigley Rehab Could Qualify For Tax Breaks

Some federal tax credits could be available to the Ricketts family if their recent proposal to renovate Wrigley Field is approved. It's not a special break -- anyone restoring an historic building can get these. Read on.

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Just How Big Would That Wrigley Jumbotron Be?

6,000 square feet is the size put forth for a Wrigley Field video board in the Cubs' "framework" released Monday. Look above. That's really, really large. It would be the seventh-biggest video screen in the major leagues.

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Analysis: Why The Wrigley Deal Is Good For All

Wrigley Field will soon celebrate its 100th birthday, and then the 100th anniversary of its first Cubs game two years later. The agreement with the city of Chicago to renovate and upgrade Wrigley will assure the team of revenue and facilities the equal of any in baseball.

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Tom Ricketts Makes Case For Wrigley Renovations

The Cubs chairman met with news media Monday morning to discuss the Wrigley renovation deal; the detailed plan as released by the team is below.

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A History Of Wrigley Field Changes

Wrigley Field, then known as Weeghman Park, opened 99 years ago and the Cubs moved in two years later. It has changed many times over the years; here's a timeline of all those changes.

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Wrigley Renovations: Deal Done, At Last

Two weeks after the Cubs' self-imposed April 1 deadline for a deal to renovate Wrigley Field, the team and the city of Chicago have reached an agreement on that deal.

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Wrigley Renovations: What Is A Video Board Worth?

The Seattle Mariners unveiled this year the biggest video screen in the major leagues (above). How much is a Jumbotron worth to baseball teams?

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Wrigley Renovations 'In Bottom Of 9th'

Wrigley's outside bleacher wall -- like the one you see in the photo above -- could be extended to the edge of the current sidewalk if one of the new negotiating proposals becomes reality.

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Wrigley Renovations: Now, Night Games An Issue

As if 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney hasn't been enough of a pain in the side of the Cubs during negotiations about renovations, now he's complaining about more night games. Read on, dear reader, for the latest.

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Wrigley Renovation: In The Home Stretch?

The Cubs' home opener is Monday. Isn't it about time to get this deal done?

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Rooftop Owners Whine Again About Wrigley Rehab

Will these people please shut up?

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Wrigley Renovation Deal Possible By Monday

After contentious negotiations, bluster and preposterous proposals to move the Cubs under a jet flight path, a deal to restore Wrigley Field may be at hand.

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Wrigley Renovations: A Parking Garage? Seriously?

44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney flails away at the proposed Wrigley Field restoration, proposing something that's just... weird.

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Wrigley Talks Continue; Hotel Planned In Mesa

There's news Tuesday morning both about the Cubs' planned Wrigley renovation, and the ongoing plans for their new spring-training complex in Mesa.

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Cubs Propose Huge Jumbotron At Wrigley

Yes, "huge Jumbotron" is a bit redundant. But the Cubs have now proposed such a thing, which would be three times the size of the park's current scoreboard.

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Rooftops Fire Back At Cubs With Press Release

The Wrigleyville Rooftops Association isn't going to make any friends with their Tuesday release.

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Wrigley Renovations Become Theater Of The Absurd

It's time for the grownups to sit down, take this all seriously, and hammer out a deal that's good for everyone.

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A 'Wrigley Field' In Rosemont? Fuhgeddaboudit!

There's another proposal to move the Cubs to the suburbs. Here's why that's a really dumb idea.

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No Extra Night Games In 2013, Says Tom Ricketts

The Cubs chairman helped kick off the first official Cubs workout by talking to the players and the press.

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City: No Wrigley Night Game Ordinance Changes Now

The Cubs want more night games. The Cubs should get more night games. The city council says, "You'll have to wait."

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City Hall Wants Cubs, Rooftops Deal Done This Week

A proposed deal from the rooftop clubs to the Cubs was dismissed by the team only a little over a week ago. Now, one report says the team and the rooftop owners could be close to an agreement.

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Wrigleyville Rooftops Make The Cubs An Offer

The rooftop clubs that operate opposite Wrigley Field have weighed in on the Cubs' recent proposal to restore Wrigley Field, with a proposal of their own.

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Wrigley Field Restoration Concept Illustrations

Here are 20 concept illustrations of what the Cubs hope to do to improve Wrigley Field over the next five years.

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Cubs Looked At Games In Milwaukee While Renovating

The Cubs won two neutral-site games at Miller Park in 2008 as the visiting team. They thought about becoming the "home" team there... but it won't happen.

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Rahm Emanuel's Proposed Wrigley Plan: Good Or Bad?

The mayor of Chicago has some new ideas on how to renovate Wrigley Field -- most of them good ones.

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The Cubs Are NOT Playing At The Cell In 2013

A report (since refuted) on Monday said the Cubs might play a year at the Cell while Wrigley renovations happen.

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Cubs Buy McDonald's And Lot Across From Wrigley

The Cubs are acquiring more land near Wrigley Field, this time on the other side of Clark Street.

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The Future Of Wrigley Field, Part Deux

Wrigley Field needs work to be a first-class facility. The Cubs are 100% committed to getting that work done.

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Cubs Wrigley Financing Proposal Dead

The Ricketts family has to go back to the drawing board... again.

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The Future Of Wrigley Field: A Cubs Proposal

The Cubs make their case for a public/private partnership to renovate Wrigley Field and invest in the neighborhood.

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Illinois Legislature Considers Bill Saving Wrigley

Wrigley renovations could come soon if a new bill is passed by the Illinois legislature.

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