Cubs, Rooftop Owners Meet to Discuss Billboards

Cubs want to have details worked out by Feb. 12

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    NEWSLETTERS

    So far, so good.

    That's how the Cubs characterized a nearly two hour meeting held with Wrigley Rooftop owners on Monday afternoon.

    Franchise owner Tom Ricketts was not there in person, but opened the meeting by phone. He turned it over to Cubs President Crane Kenney and other front office staff who met with the four Wrigley rooftop owners.

    "We requested a lot of information," said Ricketts family spokesman Dennis Culloton. The two sides said they planned to get together again later this week.

    Wrigley Rooftops owners said they're encouraged a meeting took place but were a bit more cautious in their description of Monday's meeting. Their proposal on Friday, to erect digital screens on their rooftops instead of outfield billboards that would block their views, was not met with open arms by the Cubs organization.

    There is a new urgency to coming to an agreement. Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports the Wrigley renovation plan but wants all of those involved to come to a compromise.

    The team said they hope to have all concerns worked out with the rooftops and the community by Feb. 12 so officials can go to the Chicago City Council and ask for an easing of current restrictions for night games, concerts and closing Sheffield Avenue on game days.