The red marquee over Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is one of the city’s most iconic sites. Ever since the team broke the Curse of the Billy Goat and won the World Series in 2016, Cubs tickets have been one of the hottest commodities in town. If you’re a baseball fan, taking in a game on your Chicago trip is a must. Lucky for you, when you stay with us at Hotel Zachary, you’ll be only a few steps away from taking part in this Chicago tradition. Wrigley Field was built in 1914 and has been home to several teams over the years, including the Chicago Whales, which, sadly, no longer exist. But it’s most closely identified with the Cubs, whose decades-long losing streak earned them the nickname “the Loveable Losers.” The rivalry between the north-side Cubs and the White Sox on the city’s south side is taken seriously, though all geographical divisions are forgotten when it comes to Chicago’s true nemeses, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cardinals. Even if you’re not a baseball aficionado, a visit to Wrigley has more than just sports to offer. Peanuts and crackerjacks are still available, of course, but the Cubs have stepped up their food game over the last few years. In addition to local craft beers like Goose Island, you’ll find fun options like the beef short rib disco fries, walking tacos, and even meat-free burgers and hot dogs. After the game, you can stop by the Cubby Bear, a Wrigleyville institution, to toast the team’s win or drown your sorrows. Or, swing by the Bar at Hotel Zachary for an extensive list of beer, wine and craft cocktails. From there, you’re just a stone’s throw away from your comfortable bed and luxurious amenities back at Hotel Zachary, where we’ll be celebrating or commiserating right along with you!
With its colorful floats and even more colorful participants, the Chicago Pride Parade, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community, is one of the largest in the world drawing more than a million spectators every year. The parade winds its way through several Northside neighborhoods, making Hotel Zachary a perfect home base for all your Pride celebrations! This year, the parade will be held on June 30 at noon and expectations are high, as this is the 50th anniversary of Chicago’s first Pride celebration. And while the parade is the best-known and flashiest part of Chicago Pride Month, there are plenty of other events to check out. Check out the “Chicago Is A Drag” Festival on June 28. The event, hosted by two former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants, features local drag performers who represent a wide range of neighborhoods, styles and generations. If you’re feeling athletic, the “Proud To Run” race, which begins at Monstrose Harbor, has 5k, 10k and half-marathon options. Proceeds go to support local LGBTQ organizations. After a few days of the excitement and energy of Chicago Pride, you'll be ready to come back to a quiet, stylish room where you can relax and recharge. Hotel Zachary, with its modern amenities, rainfall showers and spacious accommodations, provides just the right amount of tranquility for anyone who’s here to help support our LGBTQ+ community. Join us in celebrating 50 years of queer culture in Chicago – we’ll be proud to have you here!
Hot dogs, picnics and, of course, fireworks––who doesn’t love the Fourth of July? And with nearly twenty miles of lakefront, Chicago is one of the best places in the country to celebrate. The city goes all out with its festivities, and Hotel Zachary, located in the historic Wrigleyville neighborhood, is within arm’s reach of all of them. Things kick off in the morning with a parade at Independence Park. Games, kid-oriented activities and delicious food are all part of this family-friendly event. Get your face painted with the stars and stripes and let everyone see your patriotic side. One of the best ways to enjoy a summer day in Chicago is on the water. Whether you’re cruising down the Chicago River or setting sail on Lake Michigan, the city’s spectacular architecture and shoreline are best appreciated from a boat. If everyone in your group is of age, make reservations for one of the evening excursions with Odyssey Cruises, where you’ll enjoy dinner, cocktails and dancing before watching the fireworks over the lake. And of course, you can always just grab a blanket and head to the beach for an incredible show once the sun goes down. There are tons of great spots to get a good view of the fireworks, including Belmont Harbor, which is just a quick walk from the hotel! After the fireworks display, which usually lasts about half an hour, head back to Hotel Zachary for a quick nightcap at The Bar and raise your glass to the country’s 243rd birthday––cheers!