Chicago Cubs Get OK To Build DraftKings Sportsbook At Wrigley Field

Posted By Jenn Montgomery on August 5, 2021 - Last Updated on September 1, 2021

The Chicago Cubs are in building mode not only when it comes to the baseball team, but also when it comes to a sportsbook venue.

The team received the OK from the Commission of Chicago Landmarks (CCL) on Thursday afternoon to build the two-story sportsbook along the stadium’s southeast corner at Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street. The vision to amend the historic property includes a “triangular addition with a roof deck at the southeast corner of the stadium.”

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According to reports from Crain’s Chicago Business, the future DraftKings Sportsbook at Wrigley Field will be 22,350 square feet and include a restaurant and bar.

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More steps before Wrigley Sportsbook is a reality

The team hopes to open the facility by the end of this year, but there are still more hurdles to jump.

Besides getting OK from the City Council, the team needs the city of Chicago to lift its sports betting ban.

Alderman Walter Burnett introduced the ordinance in July. Burnett said:

“Wrigley and the United Center — they’ve both been talking about setting up a spot for it. So this ordinance needs to be passed in order for that to happen. We’ll see where the council wants to go with it.”

Furthermore, Wrigley and DraftKings also need to apply for a license with the Illinois Gaming Board. As we’ve seen with other Illinois casino approvals, this could take some time.

In addition to the IGB fees, the city would charge $50,000 for a license and $25,000 for annual renewal.

DraftKings became the sports betting partner of the Cubs in September 2020. It was then when Cubs fans heard about the plans for a Wrigley Field Sportsbook.

— Joe Boozell contributed to this report.

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