Wrigley prepares for construction with street closures

Signs of change are emerging outside Wrigley Field today as the greatly debated renovation is just weeks away from getting started.

Today, the city began preparing for the construction with the closure of Sheffield just east of the ballpark.

It is only the beginning of a renovation project that is expected to last about four years.

A letter was send out to area residents telling them that Sheffield between Addison and Waveland would be closed while workers move utilities underground from the west side of the street to the east side. Why? The Chicago Cubs have officially taken ownership of an extra eight feet of property in order to expand the bleacher seats. Doing so means the city of Chicago needs to move its lines from what’s now private property onto public property across the street.

People in the neighborhood fear safety may be one more sacrifice when the renovation gets underway.

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