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Few things are as popular in Chicago as the Cubs. Not only is baseball America's pastime, a game that has a historic following and nostalgic appeal, but the Cubs are one of the game's iconic franchises -- even if they can't win a World Series.

However, all of this didn't keep the city from enforcing an ordinance that is going to stop the Cubs from selling a magazine in front of their own stadium. This was something they'd been doing for a long time, and it only costs $2. However, the city has an ordinance in place saying that no sales can happen that close to Wriggly Field, where the Cubs play. The team had ignored this, acting as if it applied only to other sellers -- such as those trying to sell tourists trinkets and souvenirs -- but a judge recently said it has to apply to the Cubs, too.

The Purpose of the Ordinance

Some have said this is a First Amendment issue since it deals with printed materials. Is it legal for the government, even at the city level, to interfere with the selling of these materials, or is this a violation of the amendment? However, the ordinance wasn't put into place to stop any specific material from being spread, but to keep people off of the sidewalks.

The issue here has to do with where the field is located. A lot of other stadiums are not in cities, as they were built more recently. Some have 30 acres of land around them. There's plenty of space. Wriggly, though, was built around the time of World War I. It only has three acres. The place can get packed, and police don't want vendors selling things on the sidewalks when games are happening because of the street congestion.

Be Careful Where You Sell

Selling things in an illegal manner can lead to arrests, fines, and more. If these types of ordinances even apply to a famous franchise like the Cubs, they certainly apply to private sellers. Be sure that you know what legal steps to take -- like getting business licenses and permits -- to sell anything in the city.

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