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Wrigley Field Construction Update: November 22

Work at the ballpark, plus a curious scene at Clark & Addison.

Having not been to the ballpark in nearly a week, I decided to head over there Tuesday morning to check out the scene. The "W" flag still flies from the center-field scoreboard (photo 5).

There were a few significant changes in the ongoing work. Chainlink fencing has been almost completely removed from the Addison Street side of the park (photos 18, 19 and 20) and they will eventually be replacing it with the same wrought-iron style that's on the west side of the park (photo 28), completing the restoration of the 1930s style look they were going for. (Yes, I'm aware this is actually steel, not wrought iron.)

The entire field has been de-sodded and covered with some kind of boards, and while I was there a pickup truck drove through the area that's been opened up in the right-field corner (photos 12 and 13). There's some kind of digging going on in the left-field corner (photo 14); what that is for, I'm not certain.

I started walking west down Addison and saw blue police lights flashing. Approaching the corner of Clark & Addison, I saw several police cars blocking the entire intersection -- for what, I am not certain. I asked one of the officers what was going on and he'd either been told not to say, or didn't know, because he gave me basically a shoulder shrug and said he had no idea. In photo 22, you can see a man with a camera. He appeared to be going from car to car telling various people where to go, but he never seemed to take any photos.

In short: This backed up traffic on both Clark & Addison in both directions for no discernible reason. (They must have had one, I just couldn't figure out what it was.)

Photo 17 is of the Addison Park project across from Wrigley, where they seem to be moving somewhat slowly. Compare that to photo 25, which is of the Ricketts family's Hotel Zachary project, where they have already laid a considerable amount of the foundation. Both those projects are supposed to open sometime in 2018. Photo 28, in addition to showing the wrought-iron style work on the facade, also shows the progress of the plaza -- slow progress, so it would appear. The plaza, and building adjacent, are both supposed to open early in 2017.

And then there's photo 34. Never gets old, does it?