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Wrigley Rooftops Open For Parrotheads

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Chicago aldermen tentatively approved a measure last week to allow fans to rent out Wrigleyville rooftops when Jimmy Buffett performs at Chicago's Wrigley Field in September.

People are already scrambling to secure space on the rooftops around the ballpark, despite the fact there won't be much, if any, view of the stage.

Buffett will perform facing home plate from the outfield, making it difficult to see from the rooftops, so fans will have to settle for just the sounds of the shows on Labor Day weekend.

"We have over 100 people on our waiting list, Stacey Loukas of the Cubby Bear bar told the Chicago Sun-Times. "People have asked us how the stage was going to be set up, but it really doesn't matter to them."

The rooftops are supposed to "maintain a residential feel" when the Cubs aren't playing at Wrigley. A group representing the rooftop owners had to ask the city for permission to rent out the space during the first-ever Wrigley concert.

A City Council committee gave it the go ahead last week, and not it will be moving to the full council where it is expected to pass.

"The whole lakefront community is going to have an interesting experience," Alderman Tom Tunney told the paper.

Buffett is performing the shows as a test for the park, which could generate up to $35 million in revenue.

To gain approval, the Cubs agreed to give up one night game next season, and contribute $150,000 to schools in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. The rooftop owners also agreed to donate $25,000 for a playground in the area.

The rooftop owners are "well aware" that they will be selling obstructed views, according to the paper. Tunny said that rooftop owners are "confident they can sell the experience." –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers