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Construction Around Wrigley Field: Full Speed Ahead (PHOTOS)

By Ariel Cheung | October 19, 2016 6:20am
 Multiple massive projects are underway, and Wrigleyville is humming with construction work.
Full Speed Ahead For Construction Around Wrigley Field
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WRIGLEYVILLE — That buzz you hear around Wrigley Field this week isn't from excited fans (the Cubs won't be back in Wrigley until Saturday at the earliest).

No, that persistent hum of activity comes from ongoing construction at three of the four corners at Addison and Clark.

We're heading into the third year of construction in Wrigleyville. Aside from the massive $750 million Wrigley Field renovations (which are currently centered on The Park at Wrigley Field), demolition is complete at Addison & Clark and the Hotel Zachary site, where foundation digging is underway.

The much-discussed triangle plaza will be ready for Opening Day 2017, with a calendar of events likely to include a farmers market and movies in the park, along with a dozen special events where alcohol can be sold.

The Cubs office building, seen from a north-facing view Oct. 17, will be completed in early 2017, with several restaurants opening on the ground floor. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]

The plaza is offset by the office building to the north, which is starting to resemble renderings as crews solidify the skeletal shell first erected almost a year ago after the Cubs 2015 postseason.

Officials say the Cubs front office will move into the new building in early 2017, while the 50,000-square-foot plaza is finished during the offseason. Restaurants with patios will also open in the building.

The Cubs office building will be completed in early 2017, with several restaurants opening on the ground floor. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]

Construction on the office building began last year after the 2015 postseason ended with a National League Championship Series defeat for the Cubs against the New York Mets. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]

Across the street, Hickory Street Capital is laying the groundwork for Hotel Zachary, which is set to open in 2018.

The seven-story hotel at 3620 N. Clark St. will hold 175 hotel rooms, Big Star and Smoke Daddy BBQ, a Wintrust Bank branch and a shiny new McDonald's (replacing the old fast food joint that was razed in March).

Hickory Street, the real estate development firm for the Cubs owners, the Ricketts family, is not expected to announce remaining tenants for the hotel until after the postseason, a spokesman said.

But the developers have added two new renderings to the lineup:

New renderings of Hotel Zachary show the view of the hotel from Wrigley Field, looking across Clark Street. [Provided/Hickory Street Capital]

A new rendering for Hotel Zachary shows the spacious hotel next to Wrigley Field, looking on from the southeast corner of Clark and Addison. [Provided/Hickory Street Capital]

Work is also underway at the Addison & Clark project, a massive $140 million transit-oriented development that will take two years to complete.

It took a couple months to demolish nearly every building along the L-shaped strip from the 7-Eleven at 3554 N. Sheffield Ave. to Mullen's at 3527 N. Clark St.

In their place will be a nine-story complex with a Cinemex theater, 14 retail spaces, two parking garage levels and 148 apartments.

The Hotel Zachary/Park at Wrigley Field is being developed by an entity controlled by a trust established for the benefit of the family of Joe Ricketts, owner and CEO of DNAinfo. Joe Ricketts has no direct involvement in the management of the hotel development project.

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