It is 105 years and counting since the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series and few expect the drought to end this season.
At least their longtime home appears headed for a major upgrade: The team and the city appear to be close to announcing a long-awaited $500 million renovation project for Wrigley Field.
''I think it's going in the right direction,'' Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said Monday before the first game of the season at the 99-year-old neighborhood ballpark. ''I think we've worked through a lot of issues over the weekend. I'll just leave it at that.''
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, whose district includes Wrigley Field, were sitting in the front row next to the Cubs' dugout for a 7-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in the home opener. The duo would be a prominent part of any agreement, and Ricketts came down to talk to them early in the game.
The Cubs have desperately wanted to update Wrigley for a while, saying it spends as much as $15 million a...