Rooftop owners may sue if Wrigley signs block views

With the owners of the Chicago Cubs and the city of Chicago reportedly very close to announcing a deal on renovating Wrigley Field,  owners of the rooftop businesses surrounding the ballpark are promising to protect their prime views by “any and all means necessary.”

The Ricketts family and the city are closing in on a $500 million plan for ballpark renovations and other development, including a hotel. Alderman Tom Tunney told the Tribune this week a general agreement had been reached including a video screen in left field that could partially block views for some of the rooftops.

The owners of the 16 rooftop businesses say any deal that obstructs their views would violate their 20-year agreement with the team that does not expire until the end of 2023.

“Any construction that interrupts the rooftop views will effectually drive them out of business and be challenged in a court of law,” said the Wrigleyville Rooftops Association in a statement.

A spokesperson for the Ricketts family had no comment.

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