David Sameshima went by Wrigley Field Wednesday afternoon and filed the photos above, which show work definitely starting on demolition of the left- and right-field bleachers.
But beyond that, we have actual news, via Danny Ecker of Crain's Chicago Business, who reports that there will be an official groundbreaking ceremony for this project:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will join the Chicago Cubs this weekend for a formal groundbreaking on the team's Wrigley Field renovation and redevelopment project.The team will hold a ceremony on Oct. 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Clark and Addison streets in Lakeview to officially kickoff the renovation, which the Cubs are now calling the "1060 Project" as a nod to Wrigley's address of 1060 W. Addison St.In addition to Messrs. Emanuel and Selig, Cubs ownership will be joined by former Cubs pitchers Kerry Wood and Milt Pappas at the ceremony.
Well, you know what happens at these kinds of events. Everyone makes happy speeches, smiles for cameras and puts ceremonial shovels in the ground, though there's not much room to do so at the fenced-off main entrance to Wrigley Field. I'm going to head on over there myself Saturday morning to see the ceremony.
Ecker also summarizes how we got to where we are in the link above, and also notes the following dates for construction outside of Wrigley Field:
Construction in the triangle property likely will proceed during the 2015 season.As for future redevelopment plans in the $575 million project, the team aims to break ground on a hotel across the street from the park in 2016 with the goal of opening in 2017. A new office building overlooking a new triangle property plaza is projected to be completed by opening day of the 2018 season.
By the 2018 season, all of the renovations both inside and outside the park are supposed to be complete, as chairman Tom Ricketts mentioned earlier this year compressing what was originally supposed to take five offseasons into four (2014-15 through 2017-18).
It's happening. Really. Enjoy the photos.