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Wrigley Field construction update: November 17

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A few notes on the work happening on Friday morning.

It was chilly with the sun peeking out from some clouds Friday morning when I went over to Wrigley Field to see what kind of work was happening.

There was quite a bit of activity on Waveland as there was an excavation going on by Peoples Gas near the left-field corner. During the 2017 season there were reports of odors in that area from outside the ballpark; perhaps this work is an attempt to fix whatever was causing those odors. (And no, it wasn’t the play of the team.)

The Hotel Zachary work is continuing at a pretty good pace and now you can see the building in almost complete form. There still isn’t a date for the official opening, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were open by Opening Day.

The ice rink that’s now being set up at the Park at Wrigley (over the grassy area) will be open next Friday, November 24. More details, pricing and hours here. There will also be a tree-lighting ceremony at the Park Tuesday, November 28 at 6 p.m. — details here.

As you know, most of the work is not visible from the street and there have been aerial views from @WrigleyAerials that show some of the work inside. You can see some of it here in photos 9 and 10.

We’ll have more photos coming up here soon. The Cubs’ Opening Day game against the Pirates is 140 days (20 weeks) from next Monday.