Pay your respects to one of the truly hallowed shrines in baseball on a getaway to Chicago. With Marriott Bonvoy Autograph Collection accommodations at Hotel Chicago, you’ll find yourself just a hop, skip, and a jump from iconic Wrigley Field.
One of the Iconic Landmarks of Major League Baseball
Wrigley Field—nicknamed “the Friendly Confines”—is the second-oldest of Major League Baseball’s baseball stadiums. It opened as Weeghman Park in 1914, two years after Boston’s Fenway Park. A victory by the Chicago Federals over Kansas City on April 23rd marked the first game in the ballpark. The first National League action went down on April 20th, 1916, with the Chicago Cubs playing (and winning) their inaugural game in the Windy City against the Cincinnati Reds.
After a transitional era as “Cubs Park,” the ballpark became Wrigley Field in 1926, named after the Cubs’ principal owner, William Wrigley Jr.
Unmistakable with its famous outfield ivy, Wrigley Field has seen a tremendous share of legendary bat-and-ball moments over its many decades: from Babe Ruth’s “called shot” in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series and Gabby Harnett’s “Homer in the Gloamin’” in 1938 to the Cubs’ clinching of their first National Pennant in more than a half-century on October 22nd, 2016.
And here’s a bit of Chicago sports trivia for you: From 1921 to 1970, Wrigley Field did double-duty as the home football stadium for the Chicago Bears.
Experiencing Wrigley Field on a Hotel Chicago Getaway
There are many ways to visit Wrigley Field, not least by attending a Cubs game. The opening stretch of the North Siders’ 2022 season includes upcoming homestands against the Milwaukee Brewers (April 7th through April 10th), the Tampa Bay Rays (April 18th through April 20th), and the Pittsburgh Pirates (April 21st through April 24th).
Whether or not you’ll be in the stands for a Cubs game, you can enjoy a guided tour of Wrigley Field. Public tours on non-gamedays, lasting 75 to 90 minutes, take in everything from the Cubs’ dugout and the visitors’ clubhouse to the press box and the outfield ivy; tours of a more limited extent are also available on gamedays. You can also spring for a private tour of this world-famous ballpark.
Wrigley Field also hosts big-name concerts. There’s quite the lineup on tap for this year, including Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe on July 8th, Chris Stapleton on July 23rd, and Lady Gaga on August 15th.
You won’t find better accommodations for a visit to Wrigley Field—for homers, head-banging, or anything in between—than one of the 354 modern boutique rooms or suites we offer here at Hotel Chicago. Book your River North getaway today!