Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Two More Concerts At Wrigley In Next Six Days (Helicopters & Pyrotechnics Too!)

Wrigley Field is hosting two more concerts this week, following Billy Joel and the Foo Fighters at the end of August.  This time it will be The Zac Brown Band on Friday, September 11, and AC/DC on Tuesday, September 15.  There will be some parking restrictions and other adjustments that will affect residents of Buena Park.  In an email today, Ald. Tunney outlines all the changes involved. The entire newsletter is here, and it's lengthy, with good information if you're attending either show. We're just going to highlight what may affect Uptown residents:

"Parking Restrictions 
  • Clark – East Side Only - Waveland to Irving Park
    9/11 & 9/15 2pm – Midnight 
  • Irving Park – Clark to Seminary (both sides)
    9/11 & 9/15 2pm – Midnight 
Limo and Taxi Information.  In an effort to minimize the impact of traffic in the community around Wrigley Field, the 44th Ward, the Chicago Police Department, OEMC and the Chicago Department of Transportation have established the following pickup/outbound regulations for Taxis, limousines, and car services for the concerts:
  • Limousines and car services must stage along Irving Park Road.  All pickups must occur on Irving Park Road between Clark and Seminary (East of Clark).
What to Expect as Concert Setup/Takedown Takes Place 
  • The lights at Wrigley Field MAY be on overnight during setup and take down.  Lights will be on until at least 11pm between September 7th and 16th.  On the show days of September 11th and September 15th, the lights will be on overnight.
  • Sound & Lighting Checks.  Sound and lighting checks are anticipated on Thursday, September 10th and Monday, September 14th and should be completed by 10pm. Sound checks should be anticipated on the day of each concert.
  • Concert Day Highlights.  The Cubs Hotline will be open One Hour before until Two Hours after the concerts (1-866-427-3869).  Residents are encouraged to contact either the Night Game Hotline or 911 to report problems and issues.
Helicopters & Pyrotechnics on September 15 for AC/DC 
  • In response to neighbor concerns, The Chicago Cubs are working with the band to ensure the concert concludes prior to the 11pm end time permitted by law and anticipate an end time closer to 10pm.
  • In addition, the band will be producing a concert DVD of their show at Wrigley Field. In order to capture the full experience on film, helicopters will take aerial shots during the band’s performance. 
  • Pyrotechnics will be used for three songs during the show; as follows: during the opening video & last two songs of the show."

The full newsletter is here.


  1. I live down the street from the stadium, and it does get very noisy when there's a concert. I guess Wrigley is the new Allstate Arena in Chicago?

    1. No. Wrigley seats about 60,000 more than Allstate.

    2. Wrigley only seats about 22,500 more than Allstate...

  2. The worst thing about the new Wrigley is the light pollution. The lights are so bright that, seen from Uptown, they light up the southern sky as if it were late afternoon.