Wrigley Field’s iconic red marquee at the corner Clark and Addison makes a triumphant return to the Friendly Confines today after nearly a half-year absence for historic restoration work. Though much of the marquee’s structural guts have been replaced, the exterior panels have been returned unchanged because of the sign’s protected landmark status. Work also included a fresh coat of paint and replacement neon ‘Cubs’ lettering.
While the video portion of the sign has been updated to include a modern digital display, Crain’s reports that the Commission on Landmarks has only approved the screen to show images visually similar to what the previous, lower-tech version allowed. If the Cubs organization suddenly wishes to display flashy HD graphics they will need to re-apply with the city for approval to do so.
The updated marquee is just one part of a larger Wrigley Field exterior renovation project. With the Cubs home opener scheduled for Monday, April 11, this is the second consecutive year in which offseason work on the ballpark has come down to the wire. Fortunately, this time around the stadium is expected to have an adequate number of functioning toilets.
- Wrigley Field marquee returns [Crain's]
- Wrigley Field to Finish Facade Improvements Ahead of April Opener [Curbed Chicago]
- Wrigley Field's Iconic Marquee to be Temporarily Removed [Curbed Chicago]
- Previous Wrigley Field coverage [Curbed Chicago]