Demolition begins at Addison, Clark as Wrigley area is reinvented

By Leonor Vivanco, Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune

Gone will be the buildings — just across the street from the ballpark on Addison — that housed a Starbucks, 7-Eleven and other businesses; even parking lots, used by hawkers selling souvenirs on game days, in that area will disappear. More buildings will go, too, south of Addison, on Clark, that housed the ImprovOlympic, Goose Island, Mullen’s and other bars.

The 2-acre site on both streets will become a single development known as Addison & Clark, where 148 luxury apartments, roughly 150,000 square feet of retail space and a 400-space parking garage will go in. The development will be built around two longtime businesses that aren’t budging: Sports World merchandise shop on the corner and its neighboring auto repair shop.

The development is part of a continuing remake of Wrigleyville. Depending on who you ask, it’s either a much-needed face-lift that will bring amenities to residents and offer attractions beyond baseball season or it’s a reinvention that could wring the character out of area.

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