The threat to move — which Ricketts later insisted was no such thing — came during a speech before the City Club of Chicago at Maggiano’s Banquets. His answer was in response to an audience question about the planned outfield signs, which have rooftop owners threatening a lawsuit to protect their uninterrupted views of the field.

Later, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he is not concerned that the Cubs will leave Chicago because he has given the team the “certainty” that it needs through the framework agreement already worked out.

“There will be a Jumbotron. There will be signage in right field. There will be signage in the plaza. That’s why I wanted to do the framework,” Emanuel said. “They also know how important Wrigley Field is to their business and how important Chicago is to their business.”

But if Ricketts is serious about moving Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens has offered the Cubs 25 acres of land in the northwest suburb to build a replica of Wrigley.

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