Going to a Cubs game is now being turned into a multi-day experience thanks to the new hotel and park that opened up in the last two years. I explored these options just for you.
The new Hotel Zachary opened in March of 2018. Considered a “boutique hotel”, it is a small (less than 200 rooms) hotel with upscale accommodations in an up-and-coming area. Now, I would not consider Wrigleyville to be up-and-coming, but the area directly surrounding the baseball field is exactly that. Located directly across from the ballpark on Clark street, Hotel Zachary sits atop a row of dining options, which, of course I also checked out. For you. Oh, the sacrifices I make for this blog 😊
Along with the upscale accommodations, however, comes an upscale price. The rooms were modern in their style and accessories (wireless iPhone chargers, oversized walk-in shower with rainfall showerheads). We also appreciated the décor of the main bar and patio overlooking the ballpark and Gallagher Way (formerly known as the Park at Wrigley).
On the first level of the hotel complex are a couple of new restaurants. We chose Mordecai Whiskey & Grill because, well, it had “whiskey” in the name. I would love to tell you what we ate that night, but I don’t see it listed on their menu right now. And we were so hungry we forgot to take a picture before we dug in. Well, that, and it was delicious. I think it was halibut.
After dinner, we packed up a few chairs and a cooler and headed across the street to the Gallagher Way park at Wrigley. This is the open-air plaza that debuted in 2017. On a game day, it is bustling with fans hanging out before heading into the stadium. As I mentioned in Part I, it is very much like a block party atmosphere. On non-game days and some evenings after a day game, there are a variety of activities taking place here. There are fitness classes in the morning, a Farmer’s Market hosted by Green City Market, and movie nights hosted by the Music Box Theatre. We took advantage of the Sundown Session concert happening that night.
Before heading back into the hotel, we had to stop and get some dessert. There is an interesting ice cream shop called Jeni’s right on the corner. I say interesting because, well, look at some of the flavor options:
With so many choices to make, we took advantage of the “Flights of Minis” – 3 half scoops. I chose salty caramel, rainbow bfy (buttermilk frozen yogurt), and wildberry lavender.
My SO went with goat cheese with red cherries, brown butter almond brittle, and the froze sorbet.
They were all delicious. I really liked rainbow bfy and the goat cheese one- it tasted like cherry cheesecake. My SO really liked his brown butter almond brittle.
Then we headed back to the hotel for one last cocktail on the patio before retiring for the night.
A really great way to experience a Cubs day game. I highly recommend trying it at least once.