Why Every City Wants a Wrigley Field

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Let’s take a closer look at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, as it sets an example for stadium urban development. Unlike so many stadiums, which are isolated amidst vast parking lots or separated from their communities by highways, Wrigley Field delivers as good neighbor in a mixed-use context. Its integration into the surrounding community ensures the area will remain a hub of activity, regardless if there is a game going or not.

As cities across the United States begin to reimagine their approach to stadium development, Wrigley Field offers invaluable insights. The video covers the challenges and successes of embedding such a massive sports venue within an urban fabric, highlighting the incremental changes and careful planning that have allowed Wrigley Field to become an inseparable part of its neighborhood. We contrast this with the experiences of other stadiums, including Guaranteed Rate Field, and the evolving dynamics of public funding for stadiums, stadium neighborhood integration, and the economic impact of stadiums on their local communities.

Here’s what other cities can learn from Chicago’s experience.

Wrigley Field, Urban Development, Mixed-use Development, Stadium Economic Impact, Public Funding Sports Arenas, Chicago Stadiums, Urban Planning Sports Facilities, Stadium Community Benefits

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Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator that leads studios and lecture courses as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the practice Design With Company. His work has earned awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A Museum and Tate Modern in London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character architecture.

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