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Chicago Sports & Wrigley Field

Written by Christian Tremblay, Net Lease Investment Analyst

Growing up in New Jersey I never expected to live in a city other than New York. I have always followed the Yankees, Rangers and Jets and I couldn’t imagine a better fan base than the Jets after countless years of let downs. As a Yankees fan, I have high expectations year in and year out after experiencing five World Series in my lifetime. I had always thought of myself as a dedicated fan. That was until I moved to Chicago and was introduced to the Chicago Cubs fan base.

Throughout my life I always heard stories of Wrigley Field and in particular the iconic bleachers, but it wasn’t until I saw Wrigleyville and the stadium itself did I realize how unique of a place it really is. My friends have watched the Cubs every year of their lives and have described themselves as long-suffering, die-hard fans and since living here I can understand why. 

When you arrive in Wrigleyville in the summer on game day it is almost impossible to drive down Clark Street leading to the stadium. As you approach the stadium, the bars are jam-packed with a sea of blue, Cubs flags are waving in the breeze and all of the sudden the stadium is directly in front of you. At the intersection of Addison and Clark Streets the 102-year-old field and big red “Wrigley Field Home of the Chicago Cubs” sign greets you at the gates.

Walking into Wrigley Field has an aura that is indescribable - almost magical - as every person there is excited, because this is finally their year.

While I was at ICSC Recon in Las Vegas last month I was talking with a guy who mentioned he is an Astros fan. I told him where I was from and how incredible the fan base is in Chicago. He mentioned to me that every year he and his daughter travel to a new stadium and year after year they compare it to Wrigley Field, which they still think trumps them all.

The historic area will soon be undergoing a redevelopment which aims to change the image of Wrigleyville with more nightlife and new dining options. The multi-use project is expected to cost $140 million, featuring eight-stories of residential and retail space.  This may be seen as a negative to some and a positive to others. Either way, if you are traveling through Chicago this summer I would advise going to a Cubs game, experiencing what it’s like to be a Chicago sports fan and seeing how great of an area it is.

Wrigley Field

Christian Tremblay | Net Lease Investment Analyst

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