WRIGLEYVILLE — As the postseason approaches, Wrigleyville residents are gearing up for more traffic, street closures and noise. But some residents say helicopter traffic is overkill.
In an email newsletter, 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney said because air space is regulated by the federal government, the best way complain about such noise is by contacting the DuPage Flight Standards District Office of the FAA at 847-294-8700.
Tunney submitted a letter to the Federal Aviation Adminstration in April to "seek guidance on limitations and noise levels from the various aircraft that fly over Wrigley Field and Lakeview."
The letter says one of the the most frequent complaints Tunney's office received last season was regarding helicopter and advertising aircraft noise.
"During the 2016 baseball postseason, the Lakeview community endured constant helicopter operations around the ballpark," the letter reads. "For example, many media outlets began aerial coverage as early as 4 a.m. and maintained aerial coverage throughout the day and late into the evening.
"My office was inundated with noise and quality-of-life complaints from these operations. Many residents complained that the helicopters’ frequent, lengthy and low altitude hovering negatively impacted sleep, children, pets, work and the ability to enjoy time at home."
Despite Tunney's efforts, it seems neighbors will likely have to brace themselves for more helicopter noise this postseason, as the alderman already has received complaints during late-season games.
In his newsletter, Tunney said he and his office are working with U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley's office, the Chicago Aviation Department and the FAA to find solutions. Calling the DuPage Flight Standards District Office of the FAA with noise complaints (847-294-8700) will support his office's efforts, the newsletter said.
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