Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: License Committee Signs Off on Tweaks, Plaza Booze Delayed

respect wrigleyThe next small step in the Wrigley Field renovation and development plan re-approval process took place yesterday, with City Council’s License Committee signing off on some plan tweaks. You can read about the details in a variety of places, but this Sun-Times piece pretty much hits it all.

The biggest change signed off on drops the Cubs’ allowable number of night games from 46 to 43, but provides the Cubs for the flexibility they need in actually scheduling those games (rather than having the city micromanaging things). The Cubs also agreed to provide 1000 free offsite parking spots with a free shuttle to games, and agreed to pay fines if concerts go past an 11pm curfew.

Not addressed, however, was the recently-introduced plan to allow alcohol sales at the planned plaza just west of the ballpark. That plan has been tabled for now, to allow for more community input. It doesn’t sound like the situation is as contentious as other community-related items have been in the past, but the Cubs and Alderman Tom Tunney both seem open to working on the particulars. One issue is when alcohol can be sold at the plaza on non-game days. Another issue is simply providing the right contours for the provision of alcohol near stadiums, since it’s an entirely new thing for Chicago (remember, this could impact other teams’ stadiums, not just Wrigley Field).

The Cubs and Tunney both have an interest in making the plaza something that draws folks to Lakeview year-round, so I anticipate something will get done in plenty of time for the plaza to actually be constructed over the next few years.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

12 responses to “Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: License Committee Signs Off on Tweaks, Plaza Booze Delayed”

  1. johnny chess Aka 2much2say

    Attendance and Records since 1981 565,000???? in 1981 / 4 90 win seasons out of 32 /
    Mediocracy supported by huge increases in attendance. Lovable Losers!!
    2013 Chicago Cubs National League 66 96 .407 31.0 5 2,642,682
    2012 Chicago Cubs National League 61 101 .377 36.0 5 2,882,756
    2011 Chicago Cubs National League 71 91 .438 25.0 5 3,017,966
    2010 Chicago Cubs National League 75 87 .463 16.0 5 3,062,973
    2009 Chicago Cubs National League 83 78 .516 7.5 2 3,168,859
    2008 Chicago Cubs National League 97 64 .602 - 1 3,300,200
    2007 Chicago Cubs National League 85 77 .525 - 1 3,252,462
    2006 Chicago Cubs National League 66 96 .407 17.5 6 3,123,215
    2005 Chicago Cubs National League 79 83 .488 21.0 4 3,099,992
    2004 Chicago Cubs National League 89 73 .549 16.0 3 3,170,154
    2003 Chicago Cubs National League 88 74 .543 - 1 2,962,630
    2002 Chicago Cubs National League 67 95 .414 30.0 5 2,693,096
    2001 Chicago Cubs National League 88 74 .543 5.0 3 2,779,465
    2000 Chicago Cubs National League 65 97 .401 30.0 6 2,789,508
    1999 Chicago Cubs National League 67 95 .414 30.0 6 2,813,854
    1998 Chicago Cubs National League 90 73 .552 12.5 2 2,623,000
    1997 Chicago Cubs National League 68 94 .420 16.0 5 2,190,308
    1996 Chicago Cubs National League 76 86 .469 12.0 4 2,219,110
    1995 Chicago Cubs National League 73 71 .507 12.0 3 1,918,265
    1994 Chicago Cubs National League 49 64 .434 16.5 5 1,845,208
    1993 Chicago Cubs National League 84 78 .519 13.0 4 2,653,763
    1992 Chicago Cubs National League 78 84 .481 18.0 4 2,126,720
    1991 Chicago Cubs National League 77 83 .481 20.0 4 2,314,250
    1990 Chicago Cubs National League 77 85 .475 18.0 4 2,243,791
    1989 Chicago Cubs National League 93 69 .574 - 1 2,491,942
    1988 Chicago Cubs National League 77 85 .475 24.0 4 2,089,034
    1987 Chicago Cubs National League 76 85 .472 18.5 6 2,035,130
    1986 Chicago Cubs National League 70 90 .438 37.0 5 1,859,102
    1985 Chicago Cubs National League 77 84 .478 23.5 4 2,161,534
    1984 Chicago Cubs National League 96 65 .596 - 1 2,107,655
    1983 Chicago Cubs National League 71 91 .438 19.0 5 1,479,717
    1982 Chicago Cubs National League 73 89 .451 19.0 5 1,249,278
    1981 Chicago Cubs National League 38 65 .369 21.5 565,637

    1. woody

      You must have spent a long time putting that together. I guess it beats playing solitaire on the work computer.

      1. Funn Dave

        He probably copied and pasted it from somewhere. If not, no reason for you to crap on his hard work.

    2. MightyBear

      Thanks JC. One item very noticeable in that mess is the number of 76, 77 etc win seasons. I would rather have the two 61,66 seasons at the top and the higher draft picks than those 77 win seasons in a heartbeat. So all of this bullshit about the 197 losses and franchise record is crap. This current regime was very open about its playoffs or bust mentality. I still believe its the right approach.

    3. Sandberg

      Wow, that puts into perspective just how bad last year’s attendance figure really is.

      1. Eternal pessemist

        Unless you compare it to 1981…

        1. Mikelach13

          1981 strike year … look at the number of games.

  2. Funn Dave

    I know the headline’s jokey, but I really am looking forward to some outdoor drinking, dammit.

  3. wilbur

    Looking at the 81 attendance, that was when the latin kings were providing libations at the wrigley plaza area…doesnt seem so long ago.

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