Instead of turning down what was obviously the worst location for a casino, the Cubs provide a way for Groot to back out:
The Chicago Cubs are stepping to the plate with a development plan for a long-vacant site in Lawndale that was the centerpiece of a political scandal in the 1990s.
The team’s charitable arm is interested in putting a baseball-oriented training center for youths on a roughly 21-acre site at Roosevelt Road and Kostner Avenue. Team spokesman Julian Green said the Cubs this week will submit a proposal to the city, which owns the property.
We recall this being described as a dumping ground for the Dan Ryan reconstruction debris in the 1990’s. A few 011 District cops we met described it as a fifty foot high mountain of concrete boulders the size of refrigerators covering a few full city blocks. The EPA may even have declared it a Superfund site at one point.
Perhaps now, Groot can give proper consideration to either a McCormick Place casino or something on Northerly Island.