I’ve spent so much of time within the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago over time — notably the sub-neighborhood of Wrigleyville. I’m a die-laborious Cubs fan and my sister has been a season ticket holder for twenty years, so I’ve been to extra video games than I can depend. I’ve been a Cubs fan since beginning, born into it from a father who grew up in a central Illinois city the place Cardinals followers had been as widespread as Cubs followers, however who fell in love with the boys in blue from the north aspect whereas listening to their 1945 World Series on the radio as a 9-yr-outdated.
Although I’ve been to the realm many occasions, I’d by no means stayed in a single day there. There actually weren’t choices for lodging proper by the ballpark till Airbnb took off and Hotel Zachary opened in 2018.
Hotel Zachary is 173-room boutique lodge, positioned on north Clark Street overlooking historic Wrigley Field and Gallagher Way. It was impressed by the designs of world-famend Wrigley Field architect and Chicagoan Zachary Taylor Davis. It’s half of Marriott International and a member of the Tribute Portfolio managed by Pivot Hotels & Resorts.
So, once I made plans to head to Wrigley Field this previous week after their final dwelling sport of the season to attend Season Ticket Holder Family Day, it appeared the proper time to pay a go to to Hotel Zachary.
Parking might be tough in that neighborhood so we opted for valet parking, which labored out completely. I took my most well-liked scenic route north on Lake Shore Drive, exited at Addison, drove a couple of blocks and arrived at my vacation spot at Addison and Clark. You enter the lodge into a big two-story lobby with West Town Bakery to your left and Mordecai Restaurant & Bar to your proper. Mordecai is known as for Mordecai Brown, an elite pitcher for the Cubs within the early 1900s who had misplaced half of two fingers in a farm-equipment accident, incomes him the identify “Three Finger Brown” and giving him the flexibility to throw a depraved curveball that perplexed batters who had seen nothing prefer it earlier than.