Top Menu

Hotel Zachary Coming to Wrigleyville

Weeghman Park rendering

The area around Wrigley Field is rapidly changing, but that is not preventing the Chicago Cubs from incorporating some homages to the past. Earlier this week it was announced that the latest addition to Wrigleyville will be a hotel by Hickory Street Capital named Hotel Zachary, in honor of Wrigley Field architect Zachary Taylor Davis.

As our own Kevin Reichard wrote in 2015, Davis had a sweeping effect on ballpark design in the early 20th century. Several years before he focused his efforts on the north side of Chicago, Davis oversaw the design of White Sox Park, which opened in July 1910 and became Comiskey Park in 1913. While that ballpark no longer stands, it was a marvel for its time and lasted through the 1990 season.

Within a few years, Davis received the task of designing Weegham Park, which was opening in 1914 for the Chicago Whales of the upstart Federal League. Though the Whales proved to be a short-lived venture, Davis’ design of the ballpark had significant staying power, influencing the changes the Cubs made after arriving in 1916.

Cubs Park, which is what ballpark was renamed after the Cubs arrived, did not expand significantly until William Wrigley took control of the franchise in the early 1920’s. Wrigley eventually ordered the expansion of the ballpark and made the correct decision in bringing Davis back on the project. The seating was expanded by way of constructing an upper deck over Davis’ original seating bowl, with lower bowl extended down the left field line.

Considering that the core of Wrigley Field remains intact-and will stay in place after the ongoing renovations are complete-Davis had a remarkable influence on the ballpark. That prompted the decision by the Ricketts family-which controls Hickory Street Capital as well as the Cubs-to name the hotel in his honor.

“We are proud to bring Hotel Zachary to the Wrigleyville neighborhood as part of our commitment to enhance the Lakeview community,” said Tom Ricketts, chairman of Hickory Street Capital said in a statement. “With this new hotel, we look forward to paying respect to the rich and storied history of Chicago architecture, while creating a unique hotel experience for guests.”


Though its name is a homage to the past, Hotel Zachary’s design has a somewhat modern look and feel. It also typifies the planned Wrigley Field development by offering the ability to diversify the dining and entertainment options around Wrigleyville. The hotel will feature 175 rooms, and be a part of the slate of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts brands. In addition, Hotel Zachary will be built to house separate retail and restaurants offerings, giving the 238,000 square foot structure more to offer beyond the hotel.

Hotel Zachary will be constructed adjacent to Wrigley Field, and has a planned opening of 2018. The step of naming a hotel after ballpark architect is certainly a rare one. Yet, with his influence over one of baseball’s most classic ballparks, Davis is certainly a worthy choice for the honor, even though it comes a century after he began making his mark.

Ballpark rendering of the Zachary Taylor Davis website. Hotel rendering courtesy of Hickory Street Capital.

This article first appeared in the weekly Ballpark Digest newsletter. Are you a subscriber? It’s free, and you’ll see features like this before they appear on the Web. Go here to subscribe to the Ballpark Digest newsletter.

, , , , ,