This started on the main page, but I figured it'd get lost there and I'm genuinely interested in hearing why these locations won't work.
What about moving, but moving just a little. After a scan of the area on Google Earth, this complete non expert on all things Chicago and real estate spotted a few options.
Again, I’m not from Chicago. Natives, feel free to tell me why these won’t work.
Option 1: Cricket Hill. It looks like there is plenty of room in that current park for a stadium the size of Wrigley or larger, it’s on the waterfront, it has a large parking lot to the north that could be converted to a parking garage, and it’s right on Lakeshore Drive. Yes, it would cost the city a park, but there are quite a few other parks on the lake shore in that area, so that might be tolerable. From the air and to an outsider, it looks like such a perfect spot for ballpark I kind of can’t believe no one has built one there yet.
Option 2: Waveland Park Softball fields, the lake side of Lakeshore at Waveland. Not as much parking obviously available here, and that bird sanctuary to the south could be a problem. But it is on Lakeshore, so traffic is no worse of a problem than it is now for Cub games. As for where to replace the lost softball fields? How about Clark and Addison?
Option 3: It looks like there is a giant empty lot south of the cemeteries where West Grace meets Clark. Not sure what is there or who uses it today, and the lot to either the east or the west would have be acquired to squeeze in a stadium, but it could be doable. Turn Clark and Addison into a giant parking garage and funnel the foot traffic to the stadium right up Clark or Seminary.
Option 4: There is another collection of parks and diamonds south of Webster between N Larabee and N Halsted. It looks like there would be plenty of room there, but I’m not sure how well eating up a mid-city park would go over with the residents. Traffic could be a problem, depending on how good of a thoroughfare Lincoln is.