Wrigley Field wall of chalk messages to be removed today

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CHICAGO — If you haven’t made it to Wrigley Field to see the impromptu message board on the brick walls, you might want to head there soon.

The Chicago Cubs announced Monday officials will fence off the exterior outfield brick wall due to construction.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney made the announcement in a letter to fans, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Due to the start of offseason construction, we will need to fence in these beautiful postseason memorials and remove the artwork from all areas of the ballpark. … While we hate to remove these cherished messages, chalk is a fleeting medium. To preserve these images, we will continue to photograph the outfield bleacher walls so we may share these postseason wall messages publicly in the future.

Kenney said fans have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to leave a chalk message on the walls. After that, the team will photograph the walls.

The letter continues:

We are humbled by the beautiful memorials you created as testimonials to your faith, perseverance and generational connection to our beloved ballpark and team.  … You have developed what we hope will become a Wrigley Field postseason tradition. … We also are very appreciative of the use of chalk, which produces a creative and colorful display that does not damage our historic brick walls, which include bricks dating back to the 1920s.