Talks about the size of outfield signs for Wrigley Field continued Tuesday just days before a key City Hall meeting, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel saying the sides were "literally a few feet away" from reaching an agreement. The signs have been one of the most contentious points in the wide-ranging Wrigleyville redevelopment plan being hashed out in talks involving Emanuel, Cubs CEO Tom Ricketts and Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th. The mayor's optimism came as the Cubs acknowledged their proposal includes a request to allow fireworks at the historic ballpark, possibly as part of home run celebrations akin to the scoreboard pyrotechnics that occur when a White Sox player hits a round-tripper at U.S. Cellular Field. Team spokesman Julian Green said the team has no specific plans to request a city permit for pyrotechnics, but wanted to keep its options open. "As part of the planned development process, we took the position of requesting the full range of possibilities we could think of," Green said. "Most major league clubs do have some kind of home run display that includes pyrotechnics, but this is strictly about preserving the ability to possibly pursue this. There are no plans." Will DeMille, president of the Lake View Citizens' Council, said his group had not been informed that the Cubs were thinking about fireworks at Wrigley. Neighborhood residents would want to discuss the possibility of pyrotechnics, which would be "a serious concern for people living near the park," he said.
Wrigley debate nears agreement, Emanuel says
Chicago Tribune | Jul 10