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Wrigleyville's Beloved Taco Bell Is Closing, And New Buildings Are Coming

By  Ariel Cheung and David Matthews | August 2, 2017 9:18am | Updated on August 2, 2017 9:52am

 Developers want to add a three-story building to a bustling intersection across from Wrigley Field.
Development Proposed For Site Of Wrigleyville Taco Bell
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CHICAGO — Cubs fans soon will have to travel away from the ballpark for their postgame Crunchwrap Supreme. 

The long-standing Taco Bell at 1111 W. Addison St. had its busiest season ever last year when the Cubs won their World Series rings. But likely by next summer, it'll be closed.

West Addison Development paid $8.9 million for the property in June, according to Cook County property records. And though the Taco Bell has a lease through July 2018, Mid-America Real Estate Group is already seeking potential tenants for a "three-story retail development immediately across the street from Wrigley Field."

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The plans for the Wrigleyville Taco Bell site — and a separate new development plan down the street — were first reported by Crain's Chicago Business Wednesday.

Proposed renderings for a development at 1111 W. Addison St., the current home to the Wrigleyville Taco Bell. Note: None of the businesses listed in the renderings have been confirmed as tenants. [Mid-America Group]

Renderings of the development that will replace the Taco Bell show a large building with a patio and potential rooftop dining spot facing Addison Street. With 40,000 square feet, plus a 7,309 square-foot rooftop, developers are marketing the property for either a single tenant or multiple ones.

Gather restaurant in Lincoln Square said Wednesday that it has no association with the project, despite its depiction in the renderings for the proposed development.

Calls to the new developer were not immediately returned.

The development will not require a zoning change, said Bennett Lawson, chief of staff for 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney. That's why neighbors have not been privy to the details that are usually revealed in community discussions when zoning changes are requested.

Lawson also confirmed the alderman had discussed the plans with developers, but they have not been finalized.

Goodbye, beautiful.

Across Clark Street, the current Luis Auto Shop is also set for a makeover. Advertisements for leasing at 1035 W. Addison St. show 10,105 square feet of space, including a 2,582 square-foot rooftop patio that would face Wrigley Field. The development would also replace the ticket shop next to the auto repair building.

Both spaces are being marketed by Mid-America Group.

Luis Auto Shop and an adjacent ticket seller will be replaced with this proposed two-story development. [Mid-America Group]

Luis Auto Shop and Sports World were the only two properties left standing as the Addison & Clark development began construction one year ago on a massive $140 million development that spans a 2.3-acre L-shaped site stretching from Sheffield and Addison and down Clark Street.

Should construction begin next year on the Taco Bell site, all four corners of Clark and Addison will have been remade within the last five years. The Cubs will be wrapping up the final years of Wrigley Field renovations, while Hotel Zachary on the northwest corner is expected to open in early 2018.