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Cubs Fans May Get A Win--Of The Hotel Variety

January 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

The view of Wrigley Field's iconic Cubs sign would be a major plus from the would-be new hotel

Yes, some of us are Chicago Cubs fans (don't be a hater) and haven't been able to find a decent hotel, ever, in close proximity to Wrigley Field. Which would explain why news of the latest Chicago hotel planned for just outside of the beloved Wrigley Field ballpark has us more overjoyed than usual.

It was announced last week that the Rickets family, owners of both the Cubs and Wrigley Field, had plans to build a boutique Sheraton hotel on the lot across the street from Wrigley Field, a lot they purchased just last year for $20 million and upon which currently stands a McDonald's.

According to Crain's Chicago Business, the new hotel would "be a 'one-of-a-kind collaboration' designed to fit the neighborhood landscape and community.

"Holy Cow!" It sounds so good we bet even Harry Carey is rolling in his grave.

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).

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