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Chicago Cubs could sell booze outside Wrigley Field

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Nick Kotecki

Chicago Cubs owners, the Ricketts family, applied for a patio liquor license that would allow for alcohol concessions on Wrigley Field's outdoor plaza, Crain's reports. If approved, alcohol would be sold on the Wrigley plaza until 11pm from Sunday to Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

In order to receive patio service, customers would likely first have to enter Wrigley Field, then move to a designated patio area. The application now rests with the Chicago Liquor Control Commission for 45 days. During that time, locals can give feedback to try to influence the commission's decision. Once that time has passed, the commission has an additional 45 days to make a decision.

The owners applied to the city directly in an apparent move to skirt talks with 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney that have seen very little progress. The application process was completed by Levy Restaurants, which handles Cubs concessions, at the behest of an entity controlled by the Ricketts family, said Crain's.

Tunney introduced a proposal in 2013 that would end alcohol sales at 11pm on weeknights and midnight on weekends during Wrigley Field events, and would apply similarly to all major Chicago sports venues. This year, he updated the working proposal so alcohol service would end at 9pm on weeknights and 10pm on weekends. The proposed increase on restrictions appear to have influenced the Cubs owners to move beyond talks with the alderman.

Let's hope the bathrooms remain in working order.

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