They certainly haven't wasted any time in ramping up work on the Wrigley Field renovation project. BCB's David Sameshima visited Wrigley Field Tuesday and filed this report.
I ended up taking two sets of photos on Tuesday. I made one late morning visit with my camera. I didn't have much time, so I was not able to walk around the ballpark. They happened to be installing concrete traffic barriers along Addison Street when I arrived. I took many photos of the front of the ballpark, not knowing what the future view will be, with barricades and fences going up.I walked around the corner to check on the sod supply. The area had been cleaned up and hosed down. All the remaining sand had been shoveled up and placed into a dumpster.Later in the day, I was on the Clark Street bus, passing by the ballpark. I took one photo, through the bus window, of Waveland Avenue completely blocked off at Clifton Avenue. I do not know if this was temporary, or permanent. I suspect that this was only temporary.Later, I passed by Wrigley once again. I saw that they were demolishing the overhang that is over the main gate (Gate F) and over the ticket windows. I stopped to take photos but I did not have my regular camera with me. I did take photos with my pocket camera and phone. You may also see the letter "G" in some of the photos. Gate G is the single-door gate between Gate F and the ticket windows. This gate had been used for media, and I believed is now used for VIP's and special guests.As I started to take photos of the demolition work, they stopped. One of the bobcats has run out of gas, and needed to be refueled. I decided to wait around, to wait for them to resume. I took some more photos, but I had to leave. Again, I did not have time to walk around the ballpark, to see what other activity was taking place.
This rendering shows what's going to go in the area where that "overhang" was taken down Tuesday:
That "overhang" will be restored to the original terra cotta look that it had in the 1930s and 1940s. You can see that look clearly in this 1935 photo of the front of Wrigley, which also shows that the marquee used to say "HOME OF THE CUBS" instead of "HOME OF CHICAGO CUBS" as it does now. We'll continue to document the activity around the ballpark as the project continues.