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Wrigley Field Construction Update: November 15

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Lots more demolition going on at the ballpark.

I arrived just before noon. I saw a screen set up in front of the marquee location, using two cherry pickers. There was noise coming from inside, and debris falling. The concrete wall behind the marquee location was being knocked out.Clark Street has been turned into a one-way street, sort of, primarily northbound. You can still turn southbound off of Patterson Avenue and out of the McDonald's parking lot. There's also southbound traffic coming from vehicles coming south on Clifton Avenue and then turning left onto Waveland Avenue. There is no sign warning westbound Waveland traffic to not turn south, although there is a sign for eastbound traffic not to turn south. Confusing.On Sheffield, the top layer of sidewalk has been removed, and it has as well near the main bleacher gate. The interior of the bleacher gate area is too dark to really see anything inside. There are some photos of this area but you can't really see anything, and porta potties are also blocking the view. The top layer of sidewalk has also been removed on Waveland, and the street is still blocked off west of Kenmore.At Gate K, the entrance has been sealed off. Note the photo of the worker wearing a respirator (photo 40).The broadcast lot has been mostly leveled off with gravel. There are still some open trenches on the eastern end of the lot.

David didn't have time to send captions for these photos but along with his comments, they're pretty self explanatory, I think.

Once again, I refer you to this rendering:

facade rendering

Essentially, they are tearing down old walls -- some of which have been there for decades -- and replacing them pretty much exactly as they are, with some changes to make the park look more like it did in the 1930s. Thus the "restoration" the Cubs are terming this project, restoring the look from the ballpark's "heyday" when the Cubs were winning pennants every three years.

That'd work for you now, right?

The crews have had excellent weather for work this month, as compared to the same period last year.

High temperatures, Nov. 1-15, 2014: 44, 53, 64, 61, 63, 52, 45, 49, 53, 65, 61, 33, 31, 29, 33High temperatures, Nov. 1-15, 2015: 65, 74, 73, 73, 71, 67, 55, 54, 56, 58, 64, 58, 48, 58, 66

This year, just one high below 50, compared to seven last year, and in 2015, four days in the 70s, compared to none in 2014. Plus, it snowed on the last four of those dates in 2014, and hasn't snowed yet this fall. This good weather has allowed the crews to get much more work done.

We'll have more photos here later in the week.