A famous pub near Wrigley Field has lost its owner. WGN News reported that Beth Murphy, who owned the Murphy Bleaches store at the corner of Sheffield and Poughland Avenues, died on Monday. A spokeswoman for the office said that she had been fighting cancer on and off for the past five years.
She also runs Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro and Murphy’s Rooftop Company. At 3905 North Lincoln Blvd. “We will miss you, Beth,” said a sign outside the bar on Monday morning. At Wrigley Field on Monday afternoon, the Cubs also put up a sign for Murphy.
Since 1980, when Beth’s husband, former Chicago police officer Jim Murphy, bought what was then called Ray’s Bleachers at 3655 North Sheffield Avenue, the bar has been owned by the Murphy family.
He ran the pub until he died in 2003. After that, Beth took over. Even though Wrigleyville has changed a lot over the years, the Murphy Stand has stayed the same for Cubs fans.
She is well-known in the Lakeview neighbourhood and has a lot of power in the Wrigley Field area. Many people remember her as the passionate leader of the Wrigleyville Rooftops Owners Association, which fought with the Cubs for ownership when the team started ‘Project 1060’ to fix up Wrigley Field in the middle to late 2010s.
One of the biggest complaints was that the video screens, which were finally put up in 2015, blocked some views of the roof.