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Busy Bee Apr 27, 2016 4:50 PM

A little bit here, a little bit there and before you know it, it's Gurnee.

A huge bullet was dodged though with the redesign of the office and hotel projects with that ghastly architecture and ridiculous bridge.

Via Chicago Apr 27, 2016 5:15 PM


Originally Posted by Busy Bee (Post 7422524)
A huge bullet was dodged though with the redesign of the office and hotel projects with that ghastly architecture and ridiculous bridge.

what we're getting isnt exactly all that much better.

vexxed82 Apr 27, 2016 6:06 PM


Originally Posted by Busy Bee (Post 7422332)
I disagree, I think that would have been a bit much "theme"... too much "theme" makes things start to feel like a "theme park"... get it?

I totally get your point. And the renders did look a bit theme-y. But the current posts seem unfinished - uncapped i-bems and some squared off tubing. Unfortunately. I don't have a better option off the top of my head, but expected the architects would, ha.

EDIT: I think using heavier gauge square tubing (with the horizontal support brackets welded into the the main structure, as opposed to tacked on over the structure), would have looked less clunky. I guess they're trying to keep with the tradition of the original scoreboard supports, but that's a theme I don't necessarily think needs to be continued.

N830MH Apr 29, 2016 5:32 AM


Originally Posted by SteelMonkey (Post 7403388)
For anyone interested in seeing the inside of the new Cubs clubhouse

Yes! I just saw a video on Facebook. Gosh! It's so beautiful. WOW! It's incredible!! It's different. Looks better than the old clubhouse. I really like it. It's great!

aaron38 Jun 7, 2016 1:01 PM

Addison & Clark Demolition Date Set For June 15 Across From Wrigley Field

Demolition is expected to last through August, although "in our experience, they usually start later than anticipated and finish a bit earlier," wrote John Becvar, president of Triangle Neighbors.

marothisu Jun 7, 2016 1:59 PM

The hotel for WF got its first building permits yesterday for foundation thru 1st floor. It mentions 6 stories and 170 rooms w/ground floor business space.

skyscraper Jun 7, 2016 4:19 PM

Apologies if this is slightly off topic or has been covered elsewhere.
I am not a Cub fan, but am a huge baseball fan. I have been fascinated by the Cubs' blaming the "billy goat curse" for their lack of success. But I have a different theory. The billy goat thing happened in 1945, so it had already been 37 years since they had last won a world series, so it can't be that. The team moved into Wrigley Field in 1916, and they have not won a championship since they started playing in the ballpark (an 8 year hiatus is not significant, especially after having won back to back in 1907 and 1908). I think there has been something about the stadium that has cursed them, and that somehow with all of the renovations going on now, this curse may be being lifted as evidenced by the fact that they are currently the best team in baseball. Of course, they could also be being set up for a huge heartbreak in October, just have to wait and see.

the urban politician Jun 7, 2016 5:24 PM

^ The curse is that damn McDonald's across the street. Now that it's gone, they're a winning team! :D

Skyguy_7 Jun 7, 2016 5:33 PM

^LOL the McDonalds... That's gotta be it.

You wouldn't be a true cubs fan if you didn't expect a hiccup this October, as it's happened so many times in the past. So if they DONT blow it and win the World Series, knock on wood, it'll be all the sweeter. I put some money on them when I was in Vegas before the season started. Knock on wood. 4:1 odds, knock on wood..

maru2501 Jun 7, 2016 6:13 PM

they should at least GET to the world series this year. one step past last year. that hasn't happened since 1945, of course..

N830MH Jun 17, 2016 6:21 AM


Originally Posted by maru2501 (Post 7466211)
they should at least GET to the world series this year. one step past last year. that hasn't happened since 1945, of course..

Yeah, they haven't winning the WS for 107 times. Come on Cubbies!!! Let's go!! Go Cubs! Go! :tup:

We will see what happens right after regular season is over. If they win a game. They will go on postseason. Last year, they didn't win a game during 4-games sweep. Poor Cubbies! :(

marothisu Jun 17, 2016 12:58 PM

First building permit issued yesterday for the residential/retail/commercial part of this whole thing. 148 units.

LouisVanDerWright Jun 17, 2016 2:18 PM

^^^ Residential? I thought it was only hotel and retail?

marothisu Jun 17, 2016 2:26 PM


Originally Posted by LouisVanDerWright (Post 7477557)
^^^ Residential? I thought it was only hotel and retail?

No. There's two different projects. The first is for where that McDonald's was - that is going to be a Sheraton plus commercial (i.e. McDonald's will go on its first floor). That was issued a permit the other week. The second project is listed at 1025 W Addison, which will wrap around to clark and be an 8 story building with 148 luxury apartments and a lot of commercial/business space.

Refresher, from Crains:

LouisVanDerWright Jun 17, 2016 3:54 PM

Ok, I didn't realize the McDonalds one had permits already. Holy cow, Wrigleyville transformation. I really don't care about a bunch of shitty single story industrialish buildings getting razed, the end result, while medicore in style, is way better in terms of density and probably total economic output. I mean it's turning into some kind of Cubs themed mini times square. I think we've all regretted the loss of most of our liveliest retail and entertainment districts whether Maxwell Street, Broadway, Madison Street, the old rush street, or whatever else. It's kinda cool to see Wrigleyville's Clark street attaining this same level of over the top commercialism. And for that matter isn't it amazing how much Clark Street from Lakeview North to Howard has transformed over the past 10 years? Everyone has been focused on what has been happening on Milwaukee as Clark, Lincoln, etc were already bustling. But the stretch of Clark from Wrigley up through Andersonville is going to be totally unrecognizable.

marothisu Jun 17, 2016 4:01 PM

^ Yep, look a few posts up. It got its permits on June 6th. I'm not a fan of Wrigleyville, but I totally agree with you LVDW. I am actually interested in seeing what it would be like after. Here's an article showing a few of the places that would be closing due to this redevelopment (such as Mullen's, Red Ivy, etc):

Would some of those places come back, for example? Would some of them move elsewhere? I don't think most of those places are a type of "oh my god! I cannot believe it's closing..." for most of the city's residents, but as far as the feel of the area goes, is it going to become kind of like a Rush Street where all of a sudden you have some higher end restaurants and bars next to a bunch of shitty dive-ish/college-ish ones?

ChiTownWonder Jun 17, 2016 11:21 PM

i love the new density too.

Quick story, i was talking to my brother and his friend about basefields, and they both agreed that a downside to Wrigley is that its not surrounded by parking lots :koko::rolleyes::runaway: (IMO the fact that its right in the middle of a neighborhood is the best part)

marothisu Jun 18, 2016 2:24 AM

^ I think the idea of Wrigley Field and where it is, as much as I hate Wrigleyville's patrons, is amazing. It's one of the only stadiums in the country that's right in the middle of a neighborhood, and THAT makes it awesome. A lot of peoples' "backyards" in a sense is basically where a professional sports team plays. Going to a game for a lot of people is like going to a neighborhood bar. It's unique.

ceb426 Jun 29, 2016 7:05 PM

Looks like this news is pretty legit. It's on Devmap

marothisu Jun 29, 2016 7:36 PM


Originally Posted by ceb426 (Post 7489754)
Looks like this news is pretty legit. It's on Devmap

Of course it's legit - why wouldn't it be? Or was that just a shameless plug for your website..

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