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Record #: O2021-2602   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 6/25/2021 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on License and Consumer Protection
Final action: 7/21/2021
Title: One Time Exception to Night Game Ordinance to allow for Chicago Cubs to hold concert at Wrigley Field on Thursday, September 16, 2021
Sponsors: Tunney, Thomas
Topic: STADIUMS/ARENAS - Wrigley Field
Attachments: 1. O2021-2602.pdf
June 23, 2021
Committee on License and Consumer Protection


WHEREAS, The City of Chicago ("City") is a municipal corporation and a home rule unit of government under Section 6(a), Article VII of the 1970 Constitution of the State of Illinois; and

WHEREAS, Pursuant to an ordinance adopted by the City Council of the City (the "City Council") on December 11, 2013 and published in the Journal ofthe Proceedings ofthe City Council for said date at pages 71315 to 71355, the City authorized the execution of an agreement (the "Agreement") with the Chicago Cubs Baseball Club, LLC (the "Cubs") regarding, among other things, the scheduling of certain professional baseball games and Events (as defined in the Agreement) at Wrigley Field and the Cubs' compliance with certain neighborhood protection requirements; and
WHEREAS, The City and the Cubs executed the Agreement with an effective date of February 2, 2014; and
WHEREAS, Beginning in late 2019, a new and highly communicable type of Coronavirus, now commonly known as COVID-19, emerged and began to spread rapidly. Despite efforts to contain COVID-19, it continues to spread throughout Chicago and the State of Illinois; and
WHEREAS, Because the COVID-19 pandemic, gatherings of people were prohibited in 2020, resulting in no concerts in Wrigley Field that year; and
WHEREAS, Because ofthe COVID-19 pandemic, only a limited number concerts will take place at Wrigley Field in 2021, fewer than the number allowed under Section 4-156-430;
WHEREAS, The Cubs would like the City Council to consider allowing it a one-time departure from the foregoing limitations; namely, that the Cubs be allowed to host a concert at Wrigley Field on Thursday, September 16, 2021, thus allowing a concert on a Thursday night after Labor Day, which is prohibited by Section 4-156-430; and

WHEREAS, The one-event scheduling allowance provided by this ordinance is specifically and explicitly for one time only, and is of no precedential effect whatsoever...

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