Wrigley Field - Chicago, Illinois
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Wrigley Field - Opened in 1914 and still in use. Known as Weeghman Park 1914 - 1920, Cubs Park 1920 - 1926, Wrigley Field 1926 - present.

Location - 1060 W. Addison Street Chicago, Illinois. In the Lakeview / Wrigleyville section of Chicago.

The corner of Clark and Addison. Arguably one of the most famous cross streets in all of sports. Located in the Lakeview section of Chicago, its also fondly known as "Wrigleyville." This is the location of the last federal league ballpark still standing. Built in 1914 it was home to the Chicago Whales of the old federal league. It was knows as Weeghman park (named after Whales owner and restaurateur Charlie Weeghman) when it opened. But in 1916 the federal league folded, and the Cubs moved in. In 1920, it was renamed Cubs park. Then in 1926 it was renamed again to Wrigley Field, after chewing gum magnate William Wrigley.

Wrigley Field was also the home to the original "monsters of the midway," the Chicago Bears. The Bears played here from 1921 thru 1970, when they moved over to Soldier Field. Bears greats from Sid Luckman to Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers played at Wrigley.

It's main tenant though has been the Cubs. From Gabby Hartnett to three fingers Brown to Fergie Jenkins and Slammin Sammy Sosa, Wrigley has had its share of greats. Its also had its share of not so great Cubs teams. The Cubs have never won a world series at Wrigley field. The last championship for the Cubbies was way back in 1908 when they played at the old West side grounds. Wrigley field has seen the Cubs play in 5 world series. They were also in the world series in 1918, but played it at Comiskey park because of more seating. In the 1932 world series, Babe Ruth hit his famous "called shot" home run off the Cubs Charlie Root. Legend has it that Ruth pointed to the centerfield bleachers, then hit the a pitch into the centerfield seats.

Wrigley also has seen 3 all star games, the last one being in 1990. It was also the last park to install lights. In 1941 lights were already inside Wrigley, ready to be installed, but Phil Wrigley (William's son) donated the lights to the war effort. It was 47 years later that lights were finally installed. The first night game was started, but was rained out after 2 innings. Finally on 8-8-88, there was light at Wrigley.

The famous ivy was planted by Bill Veeck in 1937. No one has ever hit a ball off the scoreboard in centerfield, although both Bill Nicholson and Roberto Clemente hit balls that barely missed. On September 28, 1938, Gabby Hartnett hit his legendary "homer in the gloamin." With the game about to be called on account of darkness, Hartnett connected off Pittsburgh's Mace Brown. The home run gave the Cubs the pennant. It was also the site of Ernie Banks 500th home run. After each Cub win, a white flag with a blue W flies from the centerfield flag pole. And a blue flag with a white L flies after a Cubs loss. Flags with the number 10 for Ron Santo, and number 14 for Ernie Banks fly from the left field foul pole. A flag with the number 26 for Billy Williams flies from the right field foul pole. Also, on the left field foul pole are the words "hey hey." This phrase is the homerun call of the late Cubs broadcaster, Jack Brickhouse. Wrigley is also the former home to legendary broadcaster Harry Caray. Leaning out of the press box, leading the Cub fans in the 7th inning singing of take me out to the ball game.

Hall of famers from Three fingers Brown, Gabby Hartnett, Hack Wilson, Rogers Hornsby, Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, Frank Chance, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, Cap Anson, Burliegh Grimes, Ryne Sandberg and Fergie Jenkins have played all or most of their careers at the friendly confines.

If you are a baseball fan of any kind, you must make it a point to catch a game at Wrigley field. The whole experience is the way baseball should be played. From the vendors in the stands, to the bleacher bums, to the fans waiting on Waveland Avenue for a home run, Wrigley is a great experience. There are bars, such as Murphy's behind the centerfield scoreboard, Cubby bears on Clark and Addison, Bernies on Clark, and Goose Island, also on Clark. People make a day or night of it before and after the game. In my opinion, Wrigley field is one of the greatest places to spend a day or night. The old girl may be showing her age a bit, but long may she stand at the corner of Clark and Addison.

All photos were shot between 1976 and 2006.
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July 1976. The first views I have of Wrigley field. This is the main entrance at Clark and Addison. The Cubs were out of town that day, and I could only get exterior shots.


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Wrigley field map. Photo from internet.


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Looking down the third base side of the exterior. July 76


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Peering in gate D down the first base line. July 76


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The back of the centerfield scoreboard from the corner of Sheffield and Waveland. July 76


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The entrance to the bleachers in centerfield. Home of the ORIGINAL bleacher bums! July 76


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The right field wall and scoreboard from Sheffield Ave. July 76


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Another shot of the scoreboard from Sheffield Ave. July 76


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Looking at the right field line from Sheffield Ave. July 76


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The scoreboard from left field and Waveland Avenue. July 76


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The left field wall from Waveland Ave. July 76


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A little bit better view of the wall from Kenmore Ave. and Waveland. July 76


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Looking at the left field stands and wall. I was disappointed that I didn't get in, but I knew that I would be back to see a game or 12 in the future. July 76


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Wrigley Field from Clark and Addison. Notice NO lights yet. Wrigley has changed in color from black to green since 1976. March 1987


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Another shot of the front of Wrigley. March 87


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Team officials parking lot and the third base side. March 87


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The front entrance of Wrigley. March 87


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The ticket booths at Clark and Addison. March 87


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The scoreboard and bleachers entrance in centerfield. March 87


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The scoreboard again. March 87


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The corner of Sheffield and Waveland and the bleachers entrance. March 87


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It took 11 years but I finally got inside Wrigley field. It was a cold, grey, miserable day in 87. Looking down the first base line. March 87


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Looking down the third base line. March 87


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The bleachers in center. March 87


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The hand operated scoreboard. This photo was used in a documentary called "Once there was a ballpark". March 87


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Looking towards home plate. Notice no lights yet. The lights are still a year away. March 87


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From the left field corner looking towards home. March 87


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A home plate shot. March 87


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The bleachers in center. March 87


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The Cubs clubhouse before the renovations. March 87


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The third base concourse area. It gets REAL crowded on game days. March 87


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A beautiful September day at Clark and Addison. September 1991


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Walking around Wrigley, not much has changed since I was here last in 87. Looking up Sheffield Ave. September 91


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The left field entrance from Waveland. September 1991


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The small white building next to the stands is a former apartment. From 1923 thru the 30's, groundskeeper Bobby Dorr lived in this six room apartment. Sept. 91


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A great view of Waveland Avenue and the left field wall. Sept. 91


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On April 14, 1976, Mets slugger Dave Kingman hit a 550 foot homerun down Kenmore Ave., that hit the house to the left of the picture. THAT was a bomb. Sept. 91


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The right field corner at Addison and Sheffield. Sept 19


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Transportation to Wrigley via the "El". Sept 91


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The view from the El coming into the Addison station. Sept 91


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Dusk at Wrigley. September 91


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Looking towards home from the right field corner. Sept. 91


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From the upper deck. Sept 91


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The reason for the pink hue is because it was electric pink cap night. Sept 91


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You get a good sense of the "pink hue" in this shot. Sept 91


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Looking at Cubby bears. A great bar at the corner of Clark and Addison. Sept 91


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A cold and rainy day for a game. The right field wall and Sheffield Ave. Sept 91


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The right field stands. Sept 91


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The view from the centerfield bleachers, and the rain delay. Sept 91


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The basket and left field bleachers. Sept 91


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The basket and the right field bleachers. Sept 91


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The ramp leading to the bleachers in center. Sept 91


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The townhouses on Sheffield. BEFORE the rootop seats were added. Sept 91


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One of my favorite bars. Murphy's bleachers in back of the centerfield bleachers. At the corner of Sheffield and Waveland. IF you ever get to Wrigley, stop in before a game and have an old style or two. Sept. 91


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Looking down Kenmore Ave. The third house on the right is the one Dave Kingman of the Mets hit in 1976. Sept. 91


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The view from centerfield. Sept 91


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The monster hand operated scoreboard. Sept 91


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Dale Murphy of the Phillies walking out to right field. Sept 91


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Looking towards downtown Chicago from the bleachers. The tall building on the right is the Sears tower. The tall building on the left is the Hancock building. Sept 91


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A look down Waveland Avenue from the bleachers. Sept 91


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YES there is bleacher seating in the bleachers. Sept 91


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The view from UNDER the scoreboard. Notice the sign, "low head clearance please use caution" Sept 91


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Looking in to home plate from the left field bleachers. Sept 91


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Bleacher seating goes fast at Wrigley. It is almost always sold out. Sept 91


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The WGN cameraman in the bleachers. Sept 91


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The front of Wrigley and the message board. The season has just ended. Oct 94


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Ticket booths waiting for spring. Oct 94


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Fall is coming, and there is plenty of parking around Wrigley field. Looking up Sheffield Ave. Oct 94


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Locking Wrigley up for winter. Oct 94


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The right field corner. Oct 94


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No game today. No scores on the scoreboard. Oct 94


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The bleachers closed for winter. Oct 94


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Looking down Waveland Avenue. Oct 94


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The six bedroom apartment and the players parking lot at Wrigley field. Oct 94


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Cubby bears at the corner of Clark and Addison. Oct 94


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From Sheffield and Addison. One last look at Wrigley before the snows come. Oct 94


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A special thanks to Fergie Jenkins for getting me a media pass for a few days. He was the pitching coach for the Cubs in 95, and helped me get a media pass. The right field foul pole and ivy. I asked Fergie onetime what was his secret in pitching in Wrigley? He said it's simple. KEEP the ball down. Sept 95


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Looking at the bleachers from the warning track. Sept 95


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You can imagine Billy Williams or Sammy Sosa roaming right field. Sept 95


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The view from dead centerfield. Sept 95


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The ivy and the 368 sign in right field. Sept 95


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Dead centerfield and the scoreboard. Sept 95


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This is the view that centerfielders have. Sept 95


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The left field corner and the padding. Sept 95


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Matt Williams of the Giants at the batting cage. Sept 95


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The view from the Cubs dugout. Sept 95


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A panoramic home plate view. Sept 95


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As Ernie Banks used to say. "It's a beautiful day, lets play two" Sept 95


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The view from the Cubs dugout. Sept 95


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The seats right behind the Cubs dugout. Sept 95


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The left field foul pole. The words "hey hey" for the homerun call of the late Jack Brickhouse were added a few years later. Sept 95


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The auxiliary scoreboard and the girders. You can see the luxury boxes to the left. Sept 95


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The Cubs bullpen down the left field line. Sept 95


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A great view from the left field upper deck. Sept 95


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The box seats and girders. Sept 95


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Panorama of Wrigley field from the upper deck. Sept 95


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You can see Waveland Avenue behind the left field wall. Sept 95


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Looking out towards Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is about 10 blocks to the east of Wrigley field. The winds whip in off the lake in spring and you FREEZE your a** off. Sept 95


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The upper deck walkway down the right field line. Sept 95


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Looking towards downtown Chicago from the upper deck in right field. Sept 95


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Underneath the stands. You can see the luxury boxes hanging from the upper deck. Sept 95


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The reserve seats behind first base. Sept 95


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The left field ticket booths from Waveland Avenue. Sept 95


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The only entrance to the centerfield bleachers. Sept 95


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You can see the luxury boxes above the seats. Sept 95


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The wind is blowing in tonight. Sept 95


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The view from the visitors dugout. Sept 95


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Clark and Addison at gametime. Sept 95


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Dusk from behind home plate. Sept 95


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You can see the press box to the left. Sept 95


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The basket above the ivy in right field. Sept 95


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You can see the poles and obstructed view seats. Sept 95


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The crowd exiting Wrigley field. Sept 95


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Early morning in January of 1996. It's a very COLD 22 degrees. Jan 96


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A view from Clark and Waveland. Aug 2000


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Dusk at Wrigley field. Aug 2000


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The Cubs lost this day. You can see the blue flag with the white L above the scoreboard. Aug 2000


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Looking down Waveland Ave. at dusk. Aug 2000


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The Cubs players parking lot. The white building by the grandstand is the six room apartment. Aug 2000


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The view from the "el". Looking west down Addison St. July 2003


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Cubs vs. Cardinals. July 4th 2003. It was the HOTTEST day in years. 98 degrees with 90 plus humidity. Unbearable. July 2003


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The crowds entering the bleachers. July 03


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The upper deck party area. July 03


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A great view of Cubby bears from the upper deck party area. You can see the intersection of Clark and Addison. July 03


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Poles are even in the upper deck. July 03


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Another view of Cubby bears. July 03


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The concourse on the first base side. The poster is of Yosh Kawano, the longtime clubhouse manager of the Cubs. July 03


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A view of downtown Chicago from the party deck behind home plate. The tall building in the distance is the Sears tower. July 03


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A great view of the press box. You can see the cartoon picture of Harry Caray in the middle of the press box. For Harry... "OK! LEMME HERE YA GOOD AND LOUD! a one, a two, take me out to the ball game"....." Rest in peace Harry July 03


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A 2 hour rain delay. July 03


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The tarp is on the field, and the rain is coming down. July 03


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Waveland Avenue blocked off during the game. July 03


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Gameday from Waveland. Aug 2004


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The Harry Caray statue by gate D. Aug 04


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The team store behind home plate. Aug 04


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Looking out towards Clark and Addison. Aug 04


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The crowded concourse and the ramps to the upper deck. Aug 04


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Looking towards left field and the Cubs team store behind home plate. Aug 04


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The day before opening day 2006. It's a beautiful 55 degree day. HOWEVER, opening day would blow in cold and overcast. Temps were in the low 40s with wind chills in the upper 20s. April 06


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Gate F behind home plate. April 06


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You can see the new extension of the bleachers leaning over Sheffield Ave. April 06


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Right field shot of the new extension out over the sidewalk on Sheffield. You can also see the white flag with the blue W, meaning the Cubs won the previous day. April 06


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The knot hole in the wall on Sheffield. It was put in during the winter of 05. April 06


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The Centerfield bleachers. The Cubs did a major refurbishing of the bleachers in the winter of 05/06. They added seats along Sheffield and Waveland, and put a bar in the batters eye in dead centerfield. They also upgraded the consession stands and entrance to the bleachers. April 06


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The refurbished centerfield bleachers entrance. April 06


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Harry Caray statue outside gate D on Addison. April 06


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The ticket booths by gate D. April 06


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Another shot of the ticket booths, the ATM machines (YEP you need lots of $$$ for Cubs tickets!) and the Cubhouse souvenier trailer outside gate D on Addison. April 06


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Here you can see the seats on top of the condos on Sheffield. April 06


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IF you ever get to Wrigley field, take the time to walk over to Goose Island. It's a great sports bar with great microbrews and excellent food. It's located about a block south of Wrigley field on Clark Street. April 06


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You can see the proximity of Goose Island to Wrigley field. Looking north on Clark street. I have been going to Wrigley field for over 30 years now, Each time I go, I find new things to photograph. It is a great way to spend an afternoon or night. There is always something to do in Wrigleyville. Parking tho SUCKS. Lots are expensive and there aren't that many of them. If you go, try and take the el. It will be well worth it. Wrigley is a living shrine. It has stood for 93 years now, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The Cubs take great care of the park, and are planning even more expansion for Wrigley field. You can just picture all the greats that have patrolled the green carpet of Wrigley field. You can even picture Harry Caray leading the throng in take me out to the ball game. If you are even a casual baseball fan, this is one park that is a must. You won't regret it. I hope I can keep going to Wrigley for another 40 years. On a scale of 1 to 10, Wrigley gets a 10 plus. It simply is one of the two best old time parks left standing. April 06


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