CHICAGO -- The Cubs unveiled the new Park at Wrigley on Monday, complete with red brick, purple hyacinth, green grass, some seating, a new merchandise store and a place for the 2016 World Series trophy.The Park is located east of Wrigley Field, and it is designed as a year-round gathering place,
CHICAGO -- The Cubs unveiled the new Park at Wrigley on Monday, complete with red brick, purple hyacinth, green grass, some seating, a new merchandise store and a place for the 2016 World Series trophy.
The Park is located east of Wrigley Field, and it is designed as a year-round gathering place, not just a meeting place on Cubs game days.
"Our vision was to create a neighborhood center where families, fans and visitors can find entertainment, unique and local food options and daily attractions in an urban park setting," Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said. "The Park at Wrigley will be instrumental in hosting farmers markets, family movie nights and an ice rink. The goal is to offer our visitors a dynamic neighborhood entertainment destination."
Some fans took advantage of the new Cubs store on the plaza to purchase gold-lettered jerseys, which the players will wear Monday, when the team raises the championship banner, and again on Wednesday when they receive their World Series rings.
"This park is the embodiment of my family's commitment to being a good neighbor," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said. "We are proud to create this space for the community."
The World Series trophy will be on display to the public starting Thursday in a room located on the ground floor of the office building next to the plaza. A statue of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is at the south end of the park, and the office building is at the north end.
The Park will host a farmers market every Thursday that there is not a game at Wrigley from 4-8 p.m. CT starting June 15. The Old Town School of Folk Music will provide bi-weekly morning and afternoon music programs starting June 13.
Music Box Theatre will host six sundown "Movies in the Park," beginning with "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" on June 14.
The Park at Wrigley is available for public and private event bookings. For additional information on hosting an event, guests may visit parkatwrigley.com.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.