Chicago Cubs fans and Wrigleyville residents knew it was just a matter of time before the McDonald’s near the corner of Clark and Addison across from Wrigley Field would be torn down to make way for a new boutique hotel. The Ricketts family bought the land on which the McDonald’s and a Cubs store sit in 2012, and in January 2013 it was announced that Cubs partner Starwood Hotels would build a boutique hotel on that site.
Word now is that the McDonald’s will close February 29 or March 1, so demolition can begin soon after it closes. Rumors are that once the hotel is finished, McDonald’s will move into the hotel.
The demolition of the McDonald’s and Cubs Store will add more driving headaches around Clark and Addison, as the Cubs continue construction of the Triangle property along Clark Street. Adding to the upcoming chaos will be the demolition of most of the buildings across the street from Wrigley Field on Addison for the Addison Park on Clark project. In anticipation of that demolition, Starbuck’s has already closed and 7-Eleven will soon close. The Addison Park on Clark project is a separate project that does not involve the Cubs, Wrigley Field or the Ricketts family.
Construction of the new Triangle Building will continue throughout the baseball season, though the Cubs have publically said that the player’s new clubhouse will be finished in time for Opening Night. The clubhouse will be under the plaza being built along with the Triangle building. The building itself will eventually hold retail, restaurants and team offices. That building is slated to be finished by January 2017, according to sources.
In the meantime, renovations and construction continue at Wrigley Field. Originally, the bullpens were to have been moved under the left and right field bleachers. It was announced last season that the bullpens will not be moved in this phase of the renovation, so fans will have one more year to enjoy watching pitchers warm up on the field.
The iconic Wrigley Field Marquee was taken down in sections and is having some maintenance done to it. It appears that in addition to replacing burned out bulbs on the LED board below the Marquee, the Marquee itself will have approximately 24 coats of paint removed before it is repainted red. In recent years the Marquee has been painted back to its original bluish color to celebrate the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field, and it was painted purple when Northwestern hosted the University of Illinois in a football game. Each time it was painted back to red. The Marquee is scheduled to be be back in its rightful place before Opening Night.