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Wrigley Field Construction Update: February 27-28

A longtime Wrigleyville landmark is about to close.

BCB's Mike Bojanowski visited Wrigley Field over the weekend and filed this report:

These photos were taken Saturday and Sunday, February 27-28 (all but the last five photos taken Saturday). It was a very busy weekend, both on-site and in the surrounding area. This is the announced last weekend for the Clark Street McDonald's, and the 7-11 at Waveland & Sheffield is also scheduled to close before the season opens. The foot traffic in the ballpark area is going to be heck once demolition starts on both hotel projects.This brings up the fact that many of the structures in the surrounding area, some mundane, some less so, have become landmarks of a sort in their own right. These include the firehouse, itself over a century old, Murphy's and its predecessor owners, the Cubby Bear, and the facades along Waveland and Sheffield, including buildings that predate Wrigley by decades. Street footprints that have been unchanged for generations are about to vanish forever.Opening Night is exactly six weeks from today. This is the time one could reasonably expect to begin seeing evidence of the final structures needed to open for business in April, and there are now indications that this is happening. There is extensive new scaffolding at the main entrance, and the underpinnings of the retro main ticket window awnings are visible through the general chaos.I had my last of many cheap lunches at the McDonald's this weekend, and I will miss it. It was always a great place to hang out, and was a major pregame stopping place for ballpark personnel. I overheard lots of juicy gossip and forbidden knowledge there, nothing is likely to replace it. A new McD's is supposed to be included in the new hotel building.

For some reason, this caption for photo 31 was too long to put in the space allotted, so here it is, some neighborhood history:

The three patriarchs of Kenmore, at the ballhawk corner. Left to right: 3705, onto which property Dave Kingman hit two legendary moonshots, built in 1896; 3703, built in 1901; and 3701, built in 1890-91. All three well predate Wrigley, 3701 predates the Lutheran seminary that predated Wrigley. These are the oldest surviving streetscape in the area immediately surrounding the ballpark.

David Sameshima also visited Wrigley Field on Sunday and we'll have his photoset here tomorrow. I'm also hoping that we'll have some photos of the beginning of the demolition of the McDonald's here later in the week.