Cubs Block Party Switches Locations

Party moves from Sheffield Avenue to Wrigley Field

Monday, Jun 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:06 PM CDT
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After striking out while trying to take their party to the streets, the Cubs say they are bringing the festivities to Wrigley Field. 

The organization will host the first Wrigleyville Block Party June 17 to 19, and if all goes well, July 1 to 3 and August 19 to 21.

Initially the Cubs requested the closing of Sheffield Avenue, however Ald. Tom Tunney (44) wouldn't allow the team to close the busy street down. Tunney said he made the decision after several community meetings where residents and merchants felt it was too much to deal with, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The Cubs decided to go ahead with the block party, but move it outside of Wrigley Field on the east side of Clark Street. The festival will feature local cover bands, food and activities for families. The new Cubs Trolley with flat screen TVs and video game consoles will be open. Even the band from the freecreditscore.com commercials, the American Secrets, will make an appearance.

The Cubs decided to hold the festival after the Northwestern University Wildcats hosted a similar street festival during the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic football game in November 2010. The positive response from football fans prompted the Cubs to create the Wrigleyville Block Party for their fans.    
     

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