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Wrigleyville Taco Bell To Close By End Of October

The famed Taco Bell location is facing demolition to make way for a new retail building.

The community mourned when it was announced the Wrigleyville Taco Bell would shut down.
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CHICAGO — Wrigleyville’s beloved Taco Bell, for years a trusted late night oasis, will close by the end of the month.

The end has been coming for the Taco Bell at 1111 W. Addison St. for a long time.

It was originally expected to be closed over the summer as developers seek to tear it down and replace it with a multi-story retail building. It managed to stick around for longer.

But the location near Wrigley Field’s famous neon marquee will officially have to close its doors by the end of October, according to the Chicago Tribune. Demolition will begin Nov. 1.

West Addison Development bought the property for $8.9 million in June 2017, according to DNAinfo Chicago. News that the Taco Bell would be shut down inspired its many fans to organize a rally to “save” it.

A gym, Planet Granite, has leased the upper two floors of the building that will replace the Taco Bell, according to the Tribune.

The area surrounding Wrigley Field has changed rapidly in recent years, with old, low-rise, standalone properties flanked by parking lots being replaced with multi-story buildings with retail on the ground floor. The Hotel Zachary, for example, replaced a McDonald’s at Clark and Addison. The Cubs filled parking lots to the west of the ballpark with a park, an office building and retails shops. And a huge condo and retail complex called Addison & Clark is still rising to the ballpark’s south.

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Early renderings of what could replace the Wrigleyville Taco Bell.
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Early rendering of what could replace the Wrigleyville Taco Bell.
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A rendering of the Addison & Clark development south of Wrigley Field.
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A rendering of the Addison & Clark development south of Wrigley Field.