The Residences at Addison & Clark Getting Ready To Play Ball
Apr03

The Residences at Addison & Clark Getting Ready To Play Ball

Baseball is back, and once again millions of people turn their attention to Chicago’s favorite ballpark: Wrigley Field. (Sorry Sox fans, it is.)  Scores of Chicagoans move to Wrigleyville just so they can be within shouting distance of the friendly confines, even if they don’t have season tickets.  Some people aren’t even that loyal to their families. For hard-core baseball lovers, or those who just dig the...

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Wrigley Field Hotel Getting Ready to Play Ball
Dec20

Wrigley Field Hotel Getting Ready to Play Ball

With the first day of winter knocking on our door, it seems strange to think about the first day of baseball.  But that’s what they’re preparing for next to Wrigley Field. Wrigleyville Spy Greg sent in these photographs showing that the new Hotel Zachary is really coming along.  The new hotel building is six-stories tall, and will eventually have 179 guest rooms over ground floor retail. The Ricketts Family named the hotel...

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Permits Come Through For Addison and Clark at Addison and Clark
Jan02

Permits Come Through For Addison and Clark at Addison and Clark

Wrigleyville has long been held up as an example of an urban neighborhood that lives and thrives in tandem with its Major League Baseball park.  It’s pretty much the opposite of the scene on the South Side at The Rate, where the stadium is an island in a sea of parking lots and gritty infrastructure.  And still Wrigleyville continues to evolve and grow, especially on the blocks adjacent to Wrigley Field. We’ve told you...

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Wrigley Field’s Hotel Zachary Gets Superstructure Permits
Nov21

Wrigley Field’s Hotel Zachary Gets Superstructure Permits

Now that the Ricketts family has successfully transformed the Cubs baseball team from perpetual losers to hometown heroes, work continues on transforming the neighborhood around their historic ballpark. The city has issued the next round of permits needed to begin serious construction on the Hotel Zachary. (Not that foundations aren’t serious work.) SUPERSTRUCTURE PERMIT FOR A PROPOSED SIX STORY 179 GUEST ROOM HOTEL (WITH GROUND...

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Ricketts’ New Hotel Honors Wrigley Field Architect
Sep14

Ricketts’ New Hotel Honors Wrigley Field Architect

We now know the name of the new hotel the Ricketts family has been developing next to Wrigley Field.  And it gets two thumbs up from architecture enthusiasts who don’t want to use the cliché “home run.” The new hotel is going to be called Hotel Zachary, in honor of Aurora-born architect Zachary Davis who designed both Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park.  He was known as the Frank Lloyd Wright of Baseball for his...

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That’s Not the Roar of the Crowd Ripping Through Clark and Addison These Days
Aug16

That’s Not the Roar of the Crowd Ripping Through Clark and Addison These Days

Just a week after the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Clark and Addison mixed-use project across the street from Wrigley Field (1060 West Addison Street), demolition crews are breaking all sort of things.  Like walls, and floors, and columns. Near North Spy Tim caught the action and batted the photos above and below through our tip line. When complete, Clark and Addison will have 148 apartments and 150,000 square feet of retail...

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Live Close Enough to Wrigley to Hear the Crack of the Bat and Smell the Pine Tar
Aug08

Live Close Enough to Wrigley to Hear the Crack of the Bat and Smell the Pine Tar

There’s something about Wrigleyville that calls Chicagoans home. Wether it’s for a quick drink at a watering hole, or a special weekend out at the old ball park, or perhaps something more permanent, Wrigleyville is quintessential Chicago. Now several hundred more people are going to not only get to live the Wrigleyville experience, but live right in the heart of the action — across the street from Wrigley Field. M&R Development...

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Wrigleyville’s Embattled Boutique Bunkhouse Bounces Back as Hipster Hotel
Jul25

Wrigleyville’s Embattled Boutique Bunkhouse Bounces Back as Hipster Hotel

3469 North Clark Street is the location of a proposed small boutique hotel that’s brought the Wrigleyville neighborhood lots of drama. Money woes and bankruptcy courts have left the place in limbo. Now it appears that work is ready to start again. A developer by the name of MR Clark 3473 Operating LLC is asking the city for permission to start construction. MR Clark uses the same toothbrush as Horizon Realty Group. Horizon has a...

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Amid Clutter of Construction, Wrigley Field Preps for Opener
Apr10

Amid Clutter of Construction, Wrigley Field Preps for Opener

As the Cubs head home to Chicago from their season-opening trip out west that saw them looking like they could easily outscore the Bears, crews at Wrigley Field were busy power-washing, sweeping, and dusting to get ready for Monday’s home opener. The 2015 season saw the Cubs open in a ballpark far behind schedule. The bleachers weren’t completely ready for fans’ backsides until June, and let’s not even talk...

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In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not
Apr03

In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not

When I wandered around Wrigley Field (1060 West Addison Street) last fall, just after our beloved bleachers were reduced to scrap, I marveled at the task at hand, impressed such destruction could be rebuilt in time for Opening Day 2015. Well, send me to Triple AAA and call me naïve. Because sure enough, as you no doubt are aware by now, nary a fan shall catch a home run ball within the Friendly Confines until at least May. In...

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