But even as excited as a Cub's fan might be, we can't help but be dubious of some bizarre details--the first of which starts with the McD's. According to purchase agreement, a McDonald's must be included as part of any future development at the site -- whether it's the old McD's or a new one. Oy. A new Chicago Cub's hotel built around a McDonald's? It almost sounds too bad to be true.
The second bit that had us shaking our heads is the wild prematurity of it all. Just days after the hotel announcement, the Rickett's family revealed a $300 million, five-year plan to restore Wrigley Field. Major capital investment and public subsidies would be required to make it happen (though the family has hinted at possibly paying the costs themselves), not to mention approval from the city (which has proved impossible for the past three years). And, you guessed it, ain't no new hotel coming until the ballpark is finished.
We'll remain hopeful as true blue Cubs fans always do, and keep you posted as the grand Wrigley Field hotel plan continues to unfold. In the meantime like an outfielder running ragged for line drives and home runs, we'll continue chasing news of upcoming hotels all over Chicago as they continue to pop up in every direction -- be it the West Loop for the Soho House Chicago (2014) or by the Chicago River for the recently announced Loews Chicago (2015).