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Old Posted Dec 6, 2016, 7:33 PM
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Ugh, what a disaster.
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Why is that a disaster? Oh no! Now we will have even more entertainment options all concentrated in one place! It's almost as if the entertainment district around Wrigley Field is growing even larger. Oh the horror! We wouldn't want vibrant, dense, uses anywhere in our city now would we?


I love how everyone is always quick to gripe about how Chicago needs more vibrant retail and nightlife districts and call for the creation of a new "times square" downtown, but then when one is organically appearing before our eyes it's a "disaster". Not buying it. I will probably never go here, but the Chads and Trixies are going to dig it and that's just fine.
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^^^One person doesn't speak for the rest of us. Didn't we just have this conversation like 4 months ago in this same forum. Those type of attractions... movie theater, bowling, and what not are going to add so much positive to that area, I couldnt see how it's an argument. It's not like their tearing down the entire bar district if that's your thing. Whats the negative? Still need add a virtual golf range where sluggers is.
Yeah, not following why it is a disaster to have a movie theater and a bowling alley there.
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Old Posted Dec 6, 2016, 7:50 PM
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Yeah, not following why it is a disaster to have a movie theater and a bowling alley there.
I think the building is ugly but that horse is already dead.

I'm just sick of national chains taking over lakeview. I'm all for dense development near Wrigley, but I just feel this is a huge missed opportunity. Additionally, there has been an uptick in crime along the Sourhpirt corridor over the past year (several shootings), where I live, and I just feel Lucky Strike and movie theatres bring an element of crime
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Old Posted Dec 6, 2016, 9:17 PM
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I think the building is ugly but that horse is already dead.

I'm just sick of national chains taking over lakeview. I'm all for dense development near Wrigley, but I just feel this is a huge missed opportunity. Additionally, there has been an uptick in crime along the Sourhpirt corridor over the past year (several shootings), where I live, and I just feel Lucky Strike and movie theatres bring an element of crime
Lucky Strike is quite upscale for a bowling alley, and I'm not familiar with movie theatres creating crime.

This block was ugly and pretty worn down to begin with, certainly the Addison portion was terrible.

I live 500 feet from this development, directly to the east, and my husband and I are very excited for this.

We normally don't drive anywhere and take the bus or train. To have a top notch movie theatre as well as a bowling alley and all the other retail and restaurants they're bringing in - we're extremely excited.

These are things that can be very easily assessable via the Red Line that's right there or the Addison/Clark/Broadway buses.

I think this will be great for Lakeview. I'm not blown away by the design - but honestly what was there before looked like a pretty huge dump aside from the Salt & Pepper building, I liked that one.
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Old Posted Dec 6, 2016, 9:34 PM
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I think it's great too.

But count me in as somewhat annoyed that the developer couldn't come up with a slightly better design. Hell even the Ricketts down the street improved on what they started with.
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Old Posted Dec 7, 2016, 5:22 AM
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Lucky Strike is quite upscale for a bowling alley, and I'm not familiar with movie theatres creating crime.

This block was ugly and pretty worn down to begin with, certainly the Addison portion was terrible.

I live 500 feet from this development, directly to the east, and my husband and I are very excited for this.

We normally don't drive anywhere and take the bus or train. To have a top notch movie theatre as well as a bowling alley and all the other retail and restaurants they're bringing in - we're extremely excited.

These are things that can be very easily assessable via the Red Line that's right there or the Addison/Clark/Broadway buses.

I think this will be great for Lakeview. I'm not blown away by the design - but honestly what was there before looked like a pretty huge dump aside from the Salt & Pepper building, I liked that one.
Totally agree Addison is ugly in this stretch.

I lived in streeterville for a number of years and there were numerous incidents that stemmed from lucky strike, such as several gang altercations, robberies, etc. lucky strike finally agreed to private security on and around their building after 10p on weekends.

For whatever reason the gang bangers love loitering outside the movie theatres and bowling alley
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Old Posted Dec 7, 2016, 8:00 AM
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I need to know where the bullpen is? Is that near scoreboard, am I right? Can you please try to take a pictures of the bullpens. Can you please post it for me?


Most of the bullpen work was done last offseason h/t Danny Ecker



Bullpens will be where the former batting cage was. h/t Bleed Cubbie Blue
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I will continue to go to Nisei Lounge and then walk to the game
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I'm just sick of national chains taking over lakeview.
I'm sure these developers will get their fair share of national chains, but what is it replacing? A Starbucks, a 7-11, Goose Island (which is owned by Budweiser), etc.

Plus, the Cubs hotel development across the street is composed entirely of local businesses. The hotel is a unique boutique nameplate, and all the restaurants will be locally owned.

Think about it this way: the block of semi-local businesses south of Addison is getting replaced by a mall, while the McDonalds and parking lot north of Addison are getting replaced by... a new block of semi-local businesses. It doesn't seem like the chains are "taking over".
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Old Posted Dec 7, 2016, 8:51 PM
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I'm sure these developers will get their fair share of national chains, but what is it replacing? A Starbucks, a 7-11, Goose Island (which is owned by Budweiser), etc.

Plus, the Cubs hotel development across the street is composed entirely of local businesses. The hotel is a unique boutique nameplate, and all the restaurants will be locally owned.

Think about it this way: the block of semi-local businesses south of Addison is getting replaced by a mall, while the McDonalds and parking lot north of Addison are getting replaced by... a new block of semi-local businesses. It doesn't seem like the chains are "taking over".
I understand your point, but my comment was more about the larger area (not just the Addison Clark project). Take a walk down Southport and look at all of the national chains opening up (Capital One Cafe, Lens Crafters, J Crew, Gap, Amazon Book Store, etc.); and while there was a 7-11 and Starbucks on the Addison Clark lot previously, the presence of national chains will be much larger.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the empty lots around Wrigley developing as densely as possible, I just think we can do a lot better than what we are getting. I also understand I'm probably in the minority as I also think most of the new construction going up in the neighborhoods is complete crap as a whole (not just picking on this development). Maybe my standards are too high.

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Old Posted Dec 7, 2016, 9:27 PM
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southport is a disaster. I am just west of paulina and won't go there unless I need a gift from the gap
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Old Posted Dec 12, 2016, 10:59 PM
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Look closely the Under Armour doors in the outfield where the bullpens will be?


Working along the RF wall
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Old Posted Dec 13, 2016, 2:27 AM
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Is the brick wall behind home plate and around the stadium part of the landmark status of the structure?
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Old Posted Dec 13, 2016, 1:54 PM
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Is the brick wall behind home plate and around the stadium part of the landmark status of the structure?
I believe so. Last I heard they are taking them out brick by brick and then laying them back down the same way.
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Old Posted Dec 13, 2016, 2:20 PM
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^^ looking for photo comparison now, but it should be noted the wall behind home plate used to be significantly taller (as recently as the 90s I want to say...)
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^^ looking for photo comparison now, but it should be noted the wall behind home plate used to be significantly taller (as recently as the 90s I want to say...)
Technically, the wall behind home plate is the same elevation as it has always been, or at least as tall as it has been for the past couple of decades. The field was lower around the base of the wall. To aid with water runoff, the field was crowned around the base of the wall. Scroll back through the thread and you can see what I mean. The team removed the crowning about 10 years ago, leveled the playing field, and installed a modern drainage system.
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Technically, the wall behind home plate is the same elevation as it has always been, or at least as tall as it has been for the past couple of decades. The field was lower around the base of the wall. To aid with water runoff, the field was crowned around the base of the wall. Scroll back through the thread and you can see what I mean. The team removed the crowning about 10 years ago, leveled the playing field, and installed a modern drainage system.
Very familiar with the leveling of the field and drainage improvements, but hadn't connected the dots to wall height. Interesting...

Still looking for pictures though as i think there was also a minor stylistic change.
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Wall height

Sorry, but I don't believe that to be true. The brick wall behind home is much lower than it used to be and it has very little to do the the previous crowning of the field. Their are 6 additional rows of seats behind home that did not exist 15 years ago. They added 3 rows around 2005 and added an additional 3 rows around 2011. The wall needs to be lower so that people can see from them since the first row platform is below field level now. The original brick was torn out a decade ago and replaced. Look at '90s era photo's and you can see how weathered the brick was, and also observe the gate and drainage slits that used to be built into the brick wall behind home plate.
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Football will return to Wrigley Field in November 2020, Cubs President Crane Kenney told the Tribune, with Northwestern's hosting multiple Big Ten games the team's "first priority."

More intriguing, Kenney said the Cubs "absolutely" intend to begin hosting an annual bowl game.

The bowl would be the first of its kind in the Chicago area, and the timing should be ideal.

By 2020 (actually 2018), fans will be able to eat in new Wrigleyville restaurants such as Big Star and Smoke Daddy, sleep at the boutique Hotel Zachary and revel in a tented plaza that can accommodate crowds of nearly 6,000.

And needless to say, the field area will be expanded to allow for two full end zones. (Chicago Tribune)
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Why would Northwestern play multiple Big Ten games at Wrigley when they already have Ryan Field? Great pictures though.
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How are they fitting in two end zones when they didn't fit before? None of the walls are moving. Right?
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