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Wrigley Field Renovations: City Crews Start Underground Prep Work

By Erica Demarest | August 28, 2014 8:37am
 The Chicago Cubs earlier this year released renderings of their plans to overhaul Wrigley Field.
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LAKEVIEW — Crews have begun working underground near Wrigley Field to make way for extensive renovation and expansion projects.

Over the next few years, the Chicago Cubs plan to install raised bleachers, several outfield signs and an expanded underground players' clubhouse.

Water, sewer and gas crews will begin excavating, repairing and installing new lines this week.

Locals can expect parking restrictions and traffic snarls in coming weeks.

From Thursday to Sunday, a stretch of Sheffield Avenue near Wrigley Field will be closed as city crews work on water and sewer infrastructure, according to the Cubs and Ald. Tom Tunney (44th).

Starting Tuesday, the east side of the street will remain closed from 8 a.m. each day to two hours before the start of any Wrigley Field event. Personnel and equipment must be removed before games or events, the Cubs said in a statement.

Tunney said locals impacted by the construction can park for free in the Cubs' Green Lot, 1126 W. Grace St., on nonevent days.

To be eligible, people must live in an area bordered by Addison to the south, Racine and Clark to the west, Irving Park to the north, and Wilton to the east. Neighbor-parking applications are available in the Cubs office at 3712 N. Clark St.

Utility companies don't expect any major service disruptions, according to the Cubs.

Tunney said anyone with questions can contact Kam Buckner, who handles government and neighborhood relations for the team, at KBuckner@cubs.com.

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