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The name will be Hotel Zachary, developers revealed Tuesday

 
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Hotel Zachary James Aiello / Hickory Street Capital A rendering of Hotel Zachary, a 175 room hotel being built across from Wrigley Field. A rendering of Hotel Zachary, a 175 room hotel being built across from Wrigley Field.

The hotel being built opposite Wrigley Field won t be called Hotel Wrigley, Hotel Ernie or even .

The name will be Hotel Zachary, developers revealed Tuesday, along with new details about restaurants and other aspects of the property on the northwest corner of Clark and Addison streets.

The hotel s moniker is meant to honor Wrigley Field architect Zachary Taylor Davis, but more importantly reflects an effort to embrace the greater Lakeview neighborhood, rather than just the hotel s iconic neighbor.


Our customers are not just Cubs fans, said Eric Nordness, vice president of Hickory Street Capital, the real estate development group behind the project. Like the Cubs, Hickory Street is owned by the Ricketts family.

There are 81 home games, plus playoffs, but we need to be open 365 days a year, Nordness said.

So forget stuffed chairs in the lobby meant to look like baseballs or historic photos of Wrigley Field lining the walls. Instead, Nordness described a full service, four star hotel experience that will include restaurants from four well known Chicago groups One Off Hospitality Blackbird, The Publican , 4 Star Restaurant Group Dunlays, Smoke Daddy , Folkart Restaurant Management Yusho, A10 and The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group Steadfast, Roots Handmade Pizza .

The Fifty/50 group will open a third West Town Bakery at Hotel Zachary, and Folkart will launch a two story restaurant and cocktail bar similar to the group s Billy Sunday in Logan Square. Details about the other two projects will be released during the coming weeks, Nordness said. The restaurants will each be two stories and have a Clark Street entrance, except West Town Bakery, which will be housed only on the building s first floor.

The seven story, 238,000 square foot project will also feature a McDonald s, a Wintrust bank and two more high profile restaurants one at the corner of Clark and Addison streets and one on the building s seventh floor. Those restaurants http://www.cubsjerseystore.com/john-lackey-jersey-c-6.html, which will also be operated by local groups, will be announced in 2017.

We really wanted this to be highly local, Nordness said. It was very important for us to make this connection to the community.

Long on cavernous sports bars, Wrigleyville has traditionally been a tough place to get the sort of unique food and beverage options that can be found in many other neighborhoods. Nordness said Hickory Street and the Ricketts family are invested in bringing a more distinctly neighborhood feel to the area, with an emphasis on food.
Hotel Zachary James Aiello / Hickory Street Capital A rendering of the proposed Hotel Zachary, planned for the intersection of Clark and Addison streets. A rendering of the proposed Hotel Zachary, planned for the intersection of Clark and Addison streets. James Aiello / Hickory Street Capital

We want to engage neighbors, residents and tourists to spend time there, he said. If you re a neighbor, you ll feel comfortable coming over and having brunch.

That s much of the reason that Hickory Street chose not to adorn Hotel Zachary with a sports motif.

This is not a baseball brand, he said.

Nordness said Hickory Street spent six months wading through dozens of names with Schafer Condon Carter, a West Loop ad agency http://www.cubsjerseystore.com/matt-szczur-jersey-c-25.html, before settling on Hotel Zachary.

We wanted to connect to Wrigley Field in a thoughtful, thoughtful way, he said. We were very sensitive to finding something that would stand the test of time.

Presuming that there will be ample demand when the Cubs are in town, the goal, Nordness said, was to come up with a hotel and restaurants that would also appeal to nonbaseball fans and tourists who don t want to stay downtown.

We believe there s a real pent up demand for local room nights in neighborhoods, he said. We have a very unique, distinctive location in an iconic neighborhood.

Nordness said room rates will be consistent with other boutique hotels in the city Jon Lester Jersey, such as Thompson, Public, The Wit and London House. Hotel Zachary, which will be part of the Starwood Hotels Resorts franchise and operated by Atlanta based Davidson Hotels Resorts, is expected to open in time for Opening Day 2018.

Hotel reception and 1,500 square feet of meeting space will be on the second floor, Nordness said. The 175 guest rooms will be on floors three through six. A previously announced plan to have a Chicago Athletic Clubs outpost on the property has been scrapped.

Matthias Merges, of the Folkart group, said he was approached last year about opening a refined space similar to Billy Sunday at Hotel Zachary. His bar will echo his Logan Square establishment in terms of being all about craft making everything in house and curating some really interesting things.

The food and cocktails will take cues from the era of Wrigley Field s opening, he said, which will include great old bourbons and whiskeys, gins and maybe some rums.

There are a lot of great bars over there doing great stuff, but no one has taken the jump into a curated back bar with a lot of history and depth, Merges said. There s a push and commitment from the alderman Tom Tunney and the Ricketts family to develop the area and make it a destination, rather than just a place for Cubs games. I like the portfolio they re putting together and their thought process to change the area.

Hickory Street has two other projects underway immediately to the west of Wrigley Field on the east side of Clark Street a building of offices and retail shops and a 40,000 square foot open air plaza that s sparked public squabbles about the hours when alcohol will be served.

Also under construction, and unaffiliated with the Ricketts family, is a 2 acre site just south of Addison, where 148 apartments, about 150,000 square feet of retail and a 400 space parking garage will be built.

More projects may be on the way from Hickory Street and the Ricketts family.

We re evaluating opportunities in the neighborhood and area to expand and continue the same vision, Nordness said.

Tribune reporter Phil Vettel contributed.

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