Chicago weather: Signs of spring under blanket of snow

March 6, 2014 (CHICAGO)

PHOTOS: Chicago Cubs clear snow from Wrigley Field

At Wrigley Field on the city's North Side, heavy equipment clears the Friendly Confines of snow. Opening day is one month away.

Instead of rakes, water hoses and tarps, Wrigley's ground crews are using shovels. With a little more than three weeks until opening day, Wrigley Field is covered in snow. So the crews are digging out of the snow and dumping it outside the ivy.

Some Wrigleyville neighbors aren't thrilled with the Cubs' snow removal process.

"They certainly have land over in the green lot to dump this. Or truck it out like they do at the airport. Don't know why they have to block an entire sidewalk," Jim Spencer, Lakeview resident, said.

The Cubs say the spot is temporary, and they'll bring an ice melting machine to get rid of the snow.

"Like any other business, we have tried to make sure the sidewalks are passable and we have gotten compliments from the community," a Cubs spokesperson said. The team is also getting the necessary permits to dump the snow legally.

Meanwhile, across town at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox groundskeepers are letting the snow accumulate. For now, they're content to let nature take its course.

The Sox home opener is on March 31. White Sox officials say the field will be read.

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