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LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - What's Going On At Wrigley Field?

THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG!

Buddy Roots for the Cubs - 09-13-2007Hey, you dogs!   Or, should I say, in the words of immortal old Chicago Cubs Broadcaster Jack Brickhouse, "Hey, Hey!"

Have you seen what's going on - or, what's building up - around Wrigley Field these days?

Well, for one thing, the long-time Cub Fan Hangout - The Sports Corner, on the Northeast Corner of Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street - is GONE!  Torn Down!  To make way for a new Sports Bar and condos!

And now, the Chicago Cubs are constructing a Sports Bar of their own - to be open year-around - in the old location of the Friendly Confines Café inside Wrigley Field!  The establishment will be run by Harry Caray's Restaurant, still partly owned by the wife of the Legendary Cubs Announcer.    (You dogs can check out the full story, and video, online in James Janega and Hal Dardick's story in today's Chicago Tribune).

And it will be big!

Tables inside to accommodate nearly 500!  Plus a 7,000 square foot patio adjacent to the now-famous bronze Harry Caray Statue at the Northwest Corner of Sheffield and Addison.

Operators promise the new club will be open in time for the Chicago Cubs Home Opener - Monday, April 13th (mark that day on your calendar, you dogs - you NEVER want to forget Opening Day at Wrigley Field!  Or, for you techy-canines - use your Paw Pilot!)

The estimated cost for the project tops $1 Million.  This new bar and restaurant will feature a patio running down Addison Street, plus a pavilion with an aluminum railing built to remember those in the Wrigley Field Bleachers.  The pavilion will feature heat and removable windows for colder, rainy days.

Traffic - and accompanying congestion - around the North Side of Chicago Major League Ballpark will increase, much to the dismay of some East Lakeview Neighborhood residents.   On game days, many contend the commute home from work downtown can take 90 minutes.

The new establishment opens as plans for three night time concerts this summer - two featuring Billy Joel and Elton John - have been finalized and approved by the City of Chicago. 

Most living in the Wrigleyville Neighborhood of Chicago are accepting of the hustle and bustle - and see new life around the ballpark, especially on non game days and in the off-season.

As for me, you dogs, and my Cute Lil' Sidekick, Gracie Moss - we're there this summer!  As long as they serve us those big, half-pound steak-burgers!

We are so ready for Cubs Baseball in Chicago!

YOUR ACE REPORTER ON FOUR PAWS,

BUDDY HOLLY MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Friday, March 20, 2009 7:39 AM by Dean's Team
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