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Renovating Wrigley

The Cubs and owner Tom Ricketts are looking to make renovations to Wrigley Field with goals of modernizing the historic park’s facilities and increasing revenue opportunities. Various groups oppose elements of the plans. And, some have come forward with their own proposals for the Cubs.

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The deal was changing up until the moment it went before the zoning committee Tuesday, there were a lot of moving parts between Wrigleyville residents, the Cubs and rooftop owners.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts took a major step today toward winning city approval for his $500 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field and transform the surrounding area in the process.

The Chicago Plan Commission unanimously endorsed the proposal, sending it to the City Council, which is expected to give the final thumbs-up, especially after local Ald. Thomas Tunney, 44th, told commissioners he backs the plan.

Although he continued to discuss with the Cubs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel his opposition to a pedestrian bridge the Cubs want to put up over Clark Street, he said other concerns have been addressed.

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Cubs President of Baseball operations Crane Kenney goes over details of the major renovations plans for Wrigley Field and the immediate area around ballpark. Architect Rebel Roberts has been hired by the Cubs to make the desired changes. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune)

Beth Murphy from the Wrigley Rooftop Association is on-air with Mike discussing recent strides made in the field’s renovation plans…and she tells why the mini jumbo trons will be problematic to rooftop viewers.

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Wrigley rooftop owners provided this illustration of their vision for ads on their building overlooking Wrigley Field. (Wrigleyville Rooftops Association)

The Chicago Cubs on Thursday won a key endorsement to put up a giant video board and oversize advertising sign that would rise above the outfield walls of Wrigley Field, two key revenue generators for the team as part of its plan to renovate the ballpark.

The 6-0 approval of the two structures by the Landmarks Commission, which must sign off on alterations to the historically protected features of the 99-year-old ballpark, now clears the way for the Plan Commission and City Council to consider the team’s full $500 million plan to not only renovate Wrigley Field, but also redevelop surrounding land in the Wrigleyville neighborhood with a hotel and an office-retail complex.

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Rendering of Wrigley Field shows the proposed 6,000-square-foot video board in left field. (Chicago Cubs)

Some Wrigley renovations approved in meeting

Johnny talks about the possibility of more night games at Wrigley and plays voicemails from listeners, one of which sports reporter Jordan Bernfield strongly disagrees with. Plus: Johnny plays Tupac’s “California Love” and discusses Chaka Khan’s new street name.

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Cubs President of Baseball operations Crane Kenney goes over details of the major renovations plans for Wrigley Field and the immediate area around ballpark. Architect Rebel Roberts has been hired by the Cubs to make the desired changes. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Cubs began the process of evaluating new signs and video boards in the Wrigley Field outfield Tuesday.

Cranes were positioned outside the ballpark on Waveland and Sheffield Avenues to install mockups of the right field sign and tarps representing the proposed 6,000 square feet video screen.

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts took in the view from a rooftop on Sheffield Avenue as the mockup sign in right field was put into position.

“It was what we expected,” Ricketts said, adding he considered the sign “minimal” blockage of the view of rooftops.

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Mockups of signage are erected Tuesday at Wrigley Field (Chicago Tribune photo)

Cicero’s making a play for the Chicago Cubs. Town President Larry Dominick is extending an invitation for the ballpark to relocate to that suburb. Click here for more on the story from WGN’s Kim Gordon:

Click here to see the letter from Cicero to the Ricketts.

The Chicago Tribune’s Cubs beat writer Paul Sullivan joined Jordan Bernfield on “Cubs Weekly” to discuss the Cubs bullpen struggles, Edwin Jackson’s rough start, and the ongoing Wrigley Field renovation process.

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Rendering of Wrigley Field shows the proposed 6,000-square-foot video board in left field. (Chicago Cubs)

Wrigley Field restoration plans revealed today, including a large video board and more electronic advertising common at stadiums across the nation. (WGN-TV)

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