Wrigley Field, other buildings damaged by storm

February 1, 2011 10:51:58 PM PST
The city is responding Tuesday night to multiple buildings damaged by the blizzard -- including Wrigley Field, where a portion of the roof blew off.

The city's Department of Buildings the roofs blew off at least two buildings ? including a portion of Wrigley Field ? a partially collapsed building and a sign blowing from a building, according to a statement from the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

A panel of the Wrigley Field roof above the press box was damaged by extreme winds accompanying the blizzard, Cubs spokesman Peter Chase said.

Part of the panel, made of fiberboard, broke away and the Cubs are working with the city to monitor the situation and to ensure there aren't any public safety issues, Chase said.

North Clark and West Addison streets remained closed late Tuesday and a security guard will remain on site to monitor the situation, the release said.

On the Northwest Side, the awning and pipes blew off a building at 5700 W. Irving Park Rd., the release said. The owner was on site cleaning up late Tuesday.

A column collapsed in a vacant building at 4759 N. Maplewood Ave. and the area was barricaded off with caution tape, the release said.

In Rogers Park, inspectors responded to a report of a sign blowing in the wind at 2733 W. Devon Ave.

The Department of Buildings has also responded to 67 heat complaints, 28 vacant buildings complaints and four garage complaints.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2009.)