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Wrigley Rooftops, Chicago

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Wrigley Rooftops is a name for the sixteen rooftops of residential buildings which have bleachers or seating on them to view baseball games or other major events at Wrigley Field. Since 1914 Wrigley roofs have dotted the neighborhood of Wrigleyville around Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs play Major League Baseball. Venues on Waveland Avenue overlook left field, while those along Sheffield Avenue have a view over right field.

The rooftops had always been a gathering place for free views of the game, but until the 1980s, the observers were usually just a few dozen people watching from the flat rooftops, windows and porches of the buildings, with "seating" consisting of a few folding chairs, and with little commercial impact on the team. When the popularity of the Cubs began to rise in the 1980s, formal seating structures began to appear, and building owners began charging admission, much to the displeasure of Cubs management, who saw it as an unreasonable encroachment.

Various methods of combating this phenomenon were discussed. The idea of a "spite fence", as with Shibe Park in Philadelphia, or the Cubs' previous home, West Side Park, was discussed. The idea was not implemented, nor was it fully abandoned. Before Opening Day in 2002, a "wind screen" was temporarily erected on the ballpark's back screen behind the outfield wall, obscuring some of the view from Wrigley roofs.
When the majority were independent of Cub affiliate ownership prior to 2016, the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association's members were the 16 rooftop venues. Wrigley Rooftops is the Ricketts family's marketing arm and brand for their rooftop holdings through Greystone Sheffield Holdings and Hickory Street Capital.
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  • We held an event on one of the rooftops for 150 people. The facility is split into three floors with and indoor bar, outdoor bar and bleachers overlooking the park to see the game. Everyone that...  more »
  • We made a quick trip to Chicago and this venue was one of our primary reasons for going. We’d heard good things and wanted to give it a shot. It didn’t disappoint! It sold out at 200 people and the.....  more »
  • Work outing event. Plenty of food and drink all included, both very tasty. Staff friendly and helpful. Always near by keeping the place near and tidy. Wish you could hear the audio on the TV screens. Obstructed view of the outfield. Could see home plate and infield well. First time experience not sure if I would pay myself to go back but is very enjoyable as a large group. Didn't feel crowded or couldn't move around.
  • I was recommended the Rooftops by good friend of mine and definitely would recommend it to anyone looking to enjoy a part of history for the last hundred years. Very great value with the tickets, great viewpoint of the stadium and surrounding area. Wrigley rooftops company also offers all you can eat and drink included in the ticket pricing. Killer deal if you ask me.

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