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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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Beth Murphy, spokesperson for the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association,  joins Mike to discuss the rooftop seating at Wrigley Field.


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

The Chicago Cubs are sharing their vision to renovate Wrigley Field and the Wrigleyville neighborhood has something to say.

Brad Stephens, mayor of Rosemont, explains making a 25-acre land offer to the Chicago Cubs to build a ballpark near O’Hare.


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Rosemont Mayor Bradley A. Stephens at The Park at Rosemont entertainment plaza just off of River Road and Balmoral in Rosemont on Monday, September 27, 2010. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

Garry chats with Mayor Brad Stevens of Rosemont about potentially moving the Cubs out of Wrigley Field and to his northwest suburb.


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Rosemont Mayor Bradley A. Stephens at The Park at Rosemont entertainment plaza just off of River Road and Balmoral in Rosemont on Monday, September 27, 2010. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

Director of Living Plant Documentation, Boyce Tankersley, joins Mike to discuss ivy! Mike has an idea, listen to find out what it is and if it’s possible!


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Cubs center fielder Tony Campana makes a play near the Wrigley Field ivy. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune)

 

Garry and David Kaplan talk about possibly moving the Cubs from Wrigley Field to a new location in Rosemont.

Click here to read David Kaplan’s blog article about a possible Rosemont home for the Cubs.


Alderman has demands for Wrigley Field plans

 

The alderman who represents Chicago’s Wrigley Field wants several conditions met before he agrees on a deal to renovate the stadium.

WGN Radio morning host Jonathon Brandmeier leads the 7th Inning Stretch at Wrigley Field on Friday, September 14, 2012.

MESA, Ariz. – The seventh-inning stretch has been a polarizing part of Chicago Cubs games since the introduction of guest conductors in 1998, the year Harry Caray died.

Some fans love it, while others wish the tradition would end and the celebrities there to promote themselves would just go away.

Cubs in-game programming director Jim Oboikowitch said Tuesday there will be some changes to the stretch this year after listening to what fans had to say.

“I think we definitely want to focus on former Cubs players, people that are Chicago natives, people who know baseball and who are Cubs fans,” he said. “I do think we want to get ‘A-listers,’ so if there is that celebrity in a movie …  But we want them to understand what they’re coming to do — not just come into the booth and say, ‘My movie hits theaters tonight,’ or ‘My book is in stores.’

Click here to read more on this story from the Chicago Tribune

Beth Murphy, of Murphy’s Bleachers, argues on behalf of the rooftop association, in response to the Cubs hopes of installing outfield billboards and increasing the total number of night games.


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

Here are the proposed renovations.

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