Hi Tops In Chicago: Doing Fine

It turns out that Pittsburgh’s Hi-Tops has a sister in Chicago across from Wrigley Field, which started in 1991 and seems to doing fine if the hours it’s open are any indicator. There are some slight differences between the two locations, which the owners in Pittsburgh failed to notice– but perhaps their bank did?

Wrigley Field is in the neighborhood of Lakeview. “Lakeview or Lake View, as it is spelled historically and as used today on signage, is a North side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois in the United States. It is designated as Community Area 6 of 77 well-defined Chicago community areas. It is bordered by Diversey Parkway in the south, Irving Park Road in the north, Ravenswood Avenue in the west, bound by the shores of Lake Michigan in the east. The Uptown community area is to Lakeview’s north, Lincoln Square to its northwest, North Center to its west and Lincoln Park to its south. The 2000 population of Lakeview was 94,817 residents, making it the second largest of the Chicago community areas, following Austin which has 117,527 residents.”

One of the most legendary “seating areas” for fans are on the neighboring apartment building rooftops, known as the “Wrigley Roofs”. No, there isn’t much parking around.”A majority of Lakeview’s public transportation needs are met by the Chicago Transit Authority, which provides resident and visitor access to the Red Line, Purple Line and Brown Line services of the Chicago Elevated railway rapid transit. Its two major Lakeview hubs are Addison Station and Belmont Station.[24]”

Needless, to say this isn’t exactly like the North Side today.Lakeview is classic, dense mixed use urban neighborhood, some of which precedes the 1914 construction of Wrigley Field. Was it possible, that a place like it could have developed in the area around PNC Park?(look how close it is to downtown) Yes, but instead they built Heinz Field and helped retain the distinctive deserted character that our planners love so much.

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