I went by Wrigley Field Thursday to check out the progress in various areas of the construction project. Those areas are primarily the plaza building, the plaza itself, the new Wrigley west gate, and the groundskeeper's cottage, all of which you can see in the gallery above.
The Cubs also sent out an email update on the project Thursday, and here's the important part of that email, focusing on the beginnings of construction of the boutique hotel on the former McDonald's lot across Clark Street from the ballpark.
Initial work underway on the premium neighborhood boutique hotel at the northwest corner of Clark and Addison streets includes excavation and structural foundation work. Crews will begin drilling the caisson foundations this Tuesday. This work is expected to be completed within six weeks. Neighbors should expect to see an increase in equipment mobilization near the construction site. Crews will continue to adhere to City of Chicago noise limitations between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Covered pedestrian walkways, jersey barriers and traffic signage are being installed to minimize the impact to pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the construction site.You can see the lot being prepared for construction in photo 9. Also of interest here, some interior views of the ground floor of the plaza building (photos 2 and 3) and more tuckpointing going on, on the outside of the groundskeeper's cottage (photo 11).
I'll try to have another photo update after next week's homestand ends.