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Wrigley Field construction update: November 7

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Digging in the corners, new upper-deck seating, and the Addison & Sheffield work.

I hadn’t been to Wrigley Field in a week, and much has changed over that time. The work in both the right- and left-field corners includes large holes being dug in the sidewalks on Sheffield and Waveland, respectively. This would imply some sort of base is going into the concrete at those locations.

There is actually an event going on at Wrigley Field, despite all the construction. Sponsored by Jim Beam (you can see some words for this event placed on the scoreboard in photo 27), it’s called the Bourbon Legends Boxcar Tour, and unfortunately, as you can see at the link, registration is closed for the event. (Besides, it’s going to be pretty cold out there tonight!)

In photo 5, you can see some seats have been removed in rows 9 and 10 of the 400 level near section 430 to put in ADA accessible seating. I heard from a BCB reader who is a season-ticket holder in that area and he told me that the Cubs are “working with us to find suitable replacement locations.” The same thing appears to be happening on the left-field side (photo 11).

While we don’t have any confirmation of this, the work that’s ongoing at the corner of Addison & Sheffield would seem to indicate that some form of that two-story annex is indeed being built, check out in particular photos 12, 14, 16 and 17.

I also included in this set a photo of the Addison & Clark project across from the ballpark (photo 15). The building is nearly complete and apartment rentals have already begun. The only store open so far is “Baseballisms,” a shop selling cool baseball-related shirts and caps. Also to open later are a bowling alley, movie theaters, an AT&T store and a 7-Eleven.

In the last update someone mentioned the “humps” you can see on the upper deck from the street, which are the ramps from the lower deck. A couple of them have been removed (photos 20 and 24). These will undoubtedly be replaced.

The cold doesn’t slow down the workers, and as has been the case the last couple of times I’ve been by the ballpark, there was quite a bit of equipment noise from inside. The source of this isn’t visible, so I’m not exactly sure what it is.

We’ll have more photos later in the week.