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Wrigley Field Construction Update: November 12

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Lots of activity at the ballyard on what will likely be the last really mild day of the month.

I decided to have a look at the work being done around Wrigley Field Wednesday, given that the weather's supposed to take a turn for the worse later this week. It probably won't be enough to stop the workers, since some of the work is not exposed to the elements, and what I learned last year was that it wasn't necessarily rain that slowed them down, but wind. You can probably guess why, with those enormous cranes towering over Clark Street. I'm not sure these photos can really give you an idea of the immenseness of the cranes. They tower several stories above the top of what's going to be a six-story plaza building, and the base is as wide as a city street, perhaps 30 feet wide.

Demolition continued in the bleachers; last week I saw them demolishing the restrooms that are inside the main entrance (not sure why; they seemed in good condition during the season). The debris you see in photos 5-9 is from the bleachers, though I'm not sure exactly what it is.

Photo 10 shows some exterior work that wasn't completed when the bleachers opened. See the terra-cotta caps these workers are putting on top of the wall? That work was completed on the Waveland side before the re-opening of the bleachers, but not on Sheffield, as that side's work was done after the Waveland side. So they are completing that now.

The work of demolishing the old team offices (the windows shown in photos 14, 15, 17 and 18) continues apace. This area will be reconstructed pretty much as it looked originally (from the outside, at least) and again, I direct your attention to this rendering (click to embiggen):

facade rendering

... which shows how this area will look when the work is finished.

I was heading home from downtown, when I passed by Wrigley Field. I was not carrying my regular camera, but I did have my pocket Canon camera. There was a loud jackhammering sound coming from the front of the ballpark. I even got some photos which show the sparks coming from where they were cutting up part of the interior, inside of Gate F.

We'll have more photos here over the weekend.