CHICAGO — There are few folks who fly over Wrigley Field more than Curtis Waltz.
Since 2002, at least once a week for his Aerialscapes commercial photography business, Waltz takes his own Cessna Cardinal plane or rides as a passenger on a helicopter over Chicago. His route — usually to photograph buildings Downtown or near O'Hare — almost always carries him over the Cubs' ballpark.
On Wednesday, Waltz created the Twitter account @WrigleyAerials to showcase his unique views of iconic North Side stadium.
"You get an aerial perspective of things nobody has seen before," Waltz said. "I always forget how much people like it because I see it all the time."
Waltz solo pilots his plane at least 1,000 feet above the ballpark. A helicopter ride can take him even lower.
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He doesn't fly over the park during games because of restrictions put in place after 9/11. Unless granted permission, planes and helicopters are prohibited from flying less than 3,000 feet over or within three miles of stadiums during events.
Waltz, a University of Wisconsin graduate, has his plane at the Watertown, Wis. airport. His helicopter flights begin in Kenosha, Wis. His route usually goes over Rogers Park, Uptown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park and other lakeshore neighborhoods.
Waltz said it's been neat to see how Wrigley and the surrounding area have evolved in the last few years.
The WrigleyAerials handle has a few hundred followers already, and Waltz expects that number to grow exponentially.
"The whole Cubs aura and fandom is completely unique," he said. "These views are something people are really going to enjoy."
Check out some aerial views of Wrigley Field below:
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