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Rosemont, Illinois mayor tries to lure the Cubs with an offer of free land

Mar 18, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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This is something that, had it happened in the 80s or even the 90s, might have gained some traction. But now? Seems like a longshot to put it mildly. From David Kaplan of

Rosemont mayor Brad Stephens told me this morning in a CSNChicago exclusive that he is willing to give the Cubs and the Ricketts family a 25-acre parcel of land in the village that is a prime piece of real estate large enough to accommodate a new ballpark as well as parking and anything else the Ricketts family would desire to have as a part of the new complex.

Kaplan talks to Mayor Stephens, who spends more time talking smack about the difficulties the Cubs are having with the city of Chicago as he does the viability of the Cubs moving out to Rosemont, which is next to O’Hare Airport. Actually, he spends no time talking about the viability of it apart from saying that Rosemont is “pro-business,” which it is based on how many corporations and offices and things are out there. It’s worth noting also that Rosemont, home of Allstate Area (formerly the Rosemont Horizon) is pretty pro-sports too.

For their part, the Cubs issued a statement saying that they’re interested in working something out with Chicago. Not in the statement: how nice it is, all the same, to have some suburban mayor making offers like this for purposes of leverage-creation.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Not too much leverage here.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      maybe they need to see if a majority of fans want a new
      stadium, I don’t doubt they will make a gazillion dollars if
      they build something nice.
      maybe the fans want night games and some fun attractions
      at the ball park to make it family friendly.

  2. worldseriestiger - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    the Cubs (and Rick Reilly) think they have trouble financially now? try being as bad as they are and moving to the burbs and see how difficult it is to get people to go to games when you’re a perennial last place team.

    • senioreditor2 - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Trains……Cubs fans don’t live in Wrigleyville anyways……they’ll travel to Cubs games anytime. Especially to a new, nice, comfortable ballpark.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        Maybe, but Addison is a nice, central, accessible location for everybody. Getting out to Rosemont can be a pain in the ass. When I went to school in Evanston, I stopped flying out of O’Hare partially because the L trip was obnoxiously long. For anybody not already living on the northern branch of the Blue line, heading into the Loop and then doubling all the way back out to Rosemont is going to be a pain in the ass.

      • Alex K - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        I’m with Kevin on this one. It would make going to game awful for City dwellers. Either a car ride on 90 in rush hour traffic or a long ass train ride with a not super short bus ride after you get off the Blue line. Sure, it makes it great for those of us in the Northwest ‘burbs, but a huge commitment for anyone else.

      • worldseriestiger - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        I live in wrigleyville, as the other said above, getting to Rosemont is a pain in the ass…and I doubt that the free land is right off the train either, so you’re talking bus or train, to train, to bus or shuttle service to nice new ball park to watch a crappy team?

      • achap39 - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Addison is a central location for everybody?!? You’ve obviously never had to sit on a Metra for an hour, walk to a red line, and then sit for another 20 minute ride.

        Oh, boo hoo. The yuppies in Evanston will have to double back on the Blue. Cry me a freaking river.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Well, let’s see here. Out of the loop, it’s fifteen minutes on the Red Line to Addison and a five minute walk to the ballpark or 40 minutes on the Blue Line and a shuttle of indeterminate length to the new location. For most people, that’s going to be the difference. It massively inconveniences anybody taking a train from the North Shore, and only benefits people living, as Alex said, in the Northwest burbs. So yeah, more centrally located. So take your yuppie whining and shove it.

  3. geoknows - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    What is the Allstate Area?

    • tmohr - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Allstate Arena – Craig seems to be stricken with a case of typos today.

  4. tmohr - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    For those not familiar with Rosemont, it’s a suburb that exists only to enrich the Stephens family. The current mayor’s father, who was the mayor for fifty years, magically amassed a fortune on a humble mayor’s salary.

    If they somehow built a stadium there, it would be the soulless corporate stadium to end all such stadiums.

    • tmohr - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      I forgot to mention that Rosemont is hard against O’Hare, so this would also be Shea Stadium redux.

  5. jjpconsulting - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Grab this deal and run. Why spend 500 mil on an old decrepit park. Contact the architects of Miller Park and have them build something similar, change is up a little, but give us a retractable. Chicago sucks, high taxes with 50 aldermen and a power hungry Mayor; who wants to deal with that. Wrigley CANNOT survive another 100 years, accept that now and move on. Take this deal and RUN………to Rosemont where the Cubs can compete with the rest of the league with respect to the night game schedule. If you don’t think the Cubs schedule which is out of sync with the rest of the league is part of the problem, then hop over to your favorite rooftop and hope it doesn’t collapse.

    • 84cubs - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      As much as I love Wrigley, I cant agree with you more! No truer words have been written about our aldermen, taxes and AROGANT Mayor! Not to mention the rooftop owners. Lets see how much their property will be worth if the Cubs high tail it out of the area. In what other city, or municipality do such owners wield as much power as these people do? Its a JOKE!. Alderman Tunney who is the alderman of the ward Wrigley is situated in, gets MAJOR campaign contributions from said rooftop owners, so guess who’s side he’s on?? From all accounts he is holding Ricketts’ feet to the fire on behalf of the rooftops. They are insisting that instead of the Cubs installing signage to generate more revenue INSIDE THEIR OWN STADIUM (which may or may not block their views) that they should be installed on top of their buildings across the street! If this isn’t agreed too, they will not allow the Cubs any additional night games! So say what you will about Rosemont and the Stephens family, they are VERY pro-business! They will give the Cubs what they want for the priviledge of having them operate their business there.

  6. skerney - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Remember Al Davis and Irwindale?

    • senioreditor2 - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Ya, he got 10 million free dollars.

  7. bla bla bla - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    But, but, but… if they build a new ballpark, will it still have the urine troughs that the drunken frat boys like to body-surf in? Because nothing bets watching some drunken kid throw himself into an elongated tub-o’piss.

  8. timpaz - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Go for It, time to get out of dilapidated Wrigley, let Boston have the only stinkhole stadium left.

  9. johndavidstutts - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    I agree with those who say taking the L out to Rosemont is a pain. If only there were some mode of transportation where people would not be reliant on trains and buses to get them to the ballpark.

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