The Lakeview Baseball Club became the first official Wrigley Field rooftop club in 1988.Now, a Cook County judge has ordered that the property on 3633 N. Sheffield Ave. must be sold at a public auction on August 17.
The Racky family, the building’s current owners, have allegedly defaulted on $3 million in loans since 2006.
They say they are in negotiations to sell the property privately before the August 17 auction.
The Wrigley rooftops are one of the most unique settings in sports. The old-fashioned, neighbourhood setting offer spectators great sight-lines of both the game and the city.
The Lakeview Baseball Club is famous for housing two of the rooftops’ most iconic signs. One reads, “EAMUS CATULI,” which means “let’s go little bears” in Latin. The other is a counter that marks the number of years since the Cubs last won the division, the league, and the World Series.
The club has undergone numerous restorations and expansions since its inception, but its principle feature — the view of the Cubs games taking place across the street — still remains.
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