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Wrigley Field Construction Update: January 15

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The mild weather has allowed the crews to make progress, as we see in BCB's first visit in three days.

BCB's David Sameshima was unable to make it to Wrigley Field for a couple of days due to other commitments, but on a (relatively) mild Thursday afternoon, he stopped by the ballpark to find work ongoing, and filed this report:

I arrived rather late Thursday, just after 4:00 p.m. It was only 35 degrees (+26 wind chill), according to my phone. It's been a few days since my last visit. They have added tarps along the top of the Sheffield Avenue fences. There are still a few gaps where the extended tarps have not yet been attached to the top of the fence. There were also some piles of sidewalk paving bricks stacked along the Sheffield sidewalk. They must have come from areas where the utility crews are still working along the Sheffield curb.They were using a crane to transfer buckets of concrete, into the right-field bleachers. They continued to work, as I made my way over to Waveland Avenue. Work crews seemed to be checking out during my late visit, so not much was happening elsewhere in the bleachers. They were still busy working in the triangle lot. I could see concrete trucks still working in there. Also, the big equipment was still drilling.As I was taking photos of the triangle lot, I saw BCB Editorial Cartoonist Mike Bojanowski walking down Waveland Ave. We stopped and chatted for a bit. I was losing the light for the day, as it was now after 5:00 p.m., so I left after our conversation. As I was leaving, I did manage to take a night shot of one of the concrete trucks leaving the triangle lot. I then noticed that another concrete truck was still at work behind the fence under the marquee. Equipment was still clanging away in the triangle lot when I finally did leave.

My observation: they seem to be making significant progress, particularly along Waveland, and as David noted (and implicit in the fact that portable work lights are set up), they are working well into the evening.

We'll have more photos coming soon.