Wrigley renovation plans move forward; Cubs win approval from Landmarks Commission

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The Chicago Cubs won unanimous approval from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks today for an ambitious $575 million remake of Wrigley Field.

The new plan expands on last year’s proposal to renovate the 100-year-old stadium and surrounding areas and calls for seven advertising signs in the outfield, instead of two signs, including a Jumbotron-like video board in left field.

After reducing the plan for the video board from 5,700 square feet to 4,452 square feet, Cubs officials recommended to the landmarks commission an even smaller size Thursday of 3,990 square feet.

The landmarks commission had to review the plan because Wrigley Field has city landmark status that protects several historic features of the ballpark, including the “uninterrupted sweep of the bleachers.”

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