New details about Wrigley Field hotel, Hotel Zachary

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The hotel being built opposite Wrigley Field won’t be called Hotel Wrigley, Hotel Ernie or even Hotel Bryzzo.

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).

A rendering of the proposed Hotel Zachary, planned for the intersection of Clark and Addison streets. (James Aiello / Hickory Street Capital)
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, which will also be operated by local groups, will be announced in 2017.

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