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CHICAGO -- All the renovations at Wrigley Field are creating headaches for people in the neighborhood.

Wrigleyville been overrun by legions of rats, even in daylight, since the construction started.

Also, all the construction equipment has to go somewhere therefore parking is even harder to come by in the dense North Side area.

Neighbors say they've learned to deal with the noise but they can't wait for it to be over.

One resident says the rats overran the neighborhood when crews started renovating the green lot near the intersection of Racine Avenue and Grace Street.

"The rats have been running rampant. I'm not kidding you," Terie Kata said. "There are people in the alley and there are still rats running around and it's daylight."

Kata says that she went through 12 packs of rat poison in two days. She says her neighbor hired an exterminator, but that has not helped.

"We've never experienced anything like what we've seen the last 12 months," Thomas Findlay said. "We've had rats almost on a daily basis walking all around the neighborhood. In the streets, on the sidewalks, on people's porches."

Cubs spokesman Julian Green says they have not heard any complaints about rats in months. Green recommends that residents call their alderman.

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  • Stephen

    Can the residents of wrigleyville get any more annoying? The complaining from these people is ridiculous. Some of the most pretentious people in the city! From the night games, to the bar noise, parking and now the rats? Did you not know where you were buying a home? If you wanted a rodent free, quite neighborhood move to the burbs. Otherwise stop your bitching

  • biggjim76

    Well they have a right to complain. Especially when there’s rats running around. Come on, now. I get annoyed with some things but, whatever Steven said, I don’t find it annoying at all. If people say they don’t like rats, they don’t like rats.

  • Mr. Johnson

    Other reconstruction? So does Tunney mean to suggest that the rats might be coming from the hospital instead of Wrigley Field. He must have received his check in the mail.

  • Paul Otto

    I work at Wrigley during the season. I start work at 6am, a time when rats are usually out. I didn’t see one rat in the park or within a block of the park the entire 81 game home season. I work under the bleachers, near the trash compactor and in the concourse area. I also live in Lakeview. Sure there are rats in Lakeview like everywhere else in the city. The people that are saying Wrigley restoration is causing the rat population in Lakeview to increase don’t know what they are talking about. They just want to blame it on the Cubs. Didn’t they know they moved near a major league ball park when they bought or rented in Lakeview.

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