The Park at Wrigley / Gallagher Way
Stantec Architecture Inc. (formerly VOA Associates), Chicago Cubs, Hickory Street Capital
The Park at Wrigley / Gallagher Way had two broad goals, to create an outdoor space that would be the focus of pre- and post-game day activities for Cubs fans, and also be a park and center of activity for the Wrigleyville and Lakeview communities. The design is driven by two principles, contextual design related to historic Wrigley Field, and programming, i.e., the combination of uses, activities, and events to be accommodated in the park. The former led to a relatively conservative design complementary to the historic stadium, with the extensive use of brick, inclusion of a large lawn panel that references the iconic ballfield within the stadium, and the use of traditional forms. The latter led to a balance between paved areas for circulation, multi-use activities, lawn, and paving, and the incorporation of infrastructure to accommodate a wide range of events and activities.
Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. collaborated with Stantec on the park’s conceptual design. Once that was established, WLA took the lead in developing the design further and the subsequent documentation of the park landscape, hardscape (paving, planters, walls, curbs, etc.), and built-in fixtures and furnishings, e.g., the terraced bleacher-type seating along Clark Street, another element which recalls the interior of the stadium.
The Park at Wrigley / Gallagher Way has had a significant positive impact on the Wrigleyville neighborhood and Lakeview community. The park adds 1.4 acres of open space for the public in a dense neighborhood underserved by public parks. It is also heavily programmed with activities and special events so that it is animated throughout the year, not just on game days, and has become a community focus and center of activities with a weekly Green City Market sponsored by Crate and Barrel, morning yoga classes, fitness programs, a moves-in-the-park program with partner Music Box Theater, rotating chef demonstrations, Old Town School of Fold Music “wiggleworms” and afternoon programs for kids, other musical performances, and a winter ice skating rink. The park was completed in 2017.