In a decision that could add a bit to the City of Evanston’s budget woes, Northwestern University officials and the Chicago Cubs are scheduled to announce Friday that the Wildcat football team will play a home game against Illinois Nov. 20 in Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

In a decision that could add a bit to the City of Evanston’s budget woes, Northwestern University officials and the Chicago Cubs are scheduled to announce Friday that the Wildcat football team will play a home game against Illinois Nov. 20 in Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

NU Athletic Director Jim Phillips has been trying to arrange a game at Wrigley for a couple of years now, and the idea gained extra appeal after the Blackhawks staged a successful winter classic hockey game at the ballpark last year.

Evanston collects about $650,000 in athletic contest tax revenue each year, most of it from NU football and basketball games.

Although Wrigley has fewer seats than Ryan Field, the event is expected to draw fans who don’t usually make the trek to Evanston and provide a publicity bonus for the team.

The move would also mean one less fall Saturday of traffic congestion for residents around Ryan Field, but also less business for shops along Central Street.

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Wrigley football game to be announced Friday (Chicago Tribune)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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