Chicago alderman wants to lift ban on sports betting in city Fran Spielman and Mitchell Armentrout, Chicago Sun-Times · July 21, 2021 at 7:18 pm The Cubs have forged a $100 million partnership with DraftKings that could pave the way for Wrigley Field to house the first stadium sportsbook in Major League Baseball. But, it can’t happen unless the City Council lifts the ban on sports betting in Chicago. Now, an influential alderman wants to do just that. At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Ald. Walter Burnett (27th)…introduced an ordinance that would lift Chicago’s home-rule ban on sports betting and establish parameters for the city to issue those licenses and make money from it. Under the plan, sports betting would be authorized either at Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, Soldier Field, the United Center and Wintrust Arena or in a “permanent building or structure located within a five-block radius” of those stadiums.