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April 2018

Hotel Zachary Opens in Chicago's Lakeview Neigborhood

CHICAGO, IL - A new boutique, lifestyle hotel has opened adjacent to historic Wrigley Field. Hotel Zachary blends classic elements with modern aesthetics and draws inspiration from its landmark neighbor.

Built by Walsh Construction, the seven-story, 238,000-square-foot hotel stretches across a full block and includes 173 guestrooms and various dining options.

The design of the hotel pays homage to its namesake, Zachary Taylor Davis, the Chicago Architect who designed Wrigley Field in 1914. Hickory Street Capital, owner of Hotel Zachary, worked closely with Davis' family throughout the entire development process to ensure his legacy was celebrated. Stantec Architecture and Studio K Creative designed a modern version of the early 20th century architecture.

Image credit: Chicago Magazine

Walsh served as the general contractor and began demolition of an existing structure in March 2016 and later broke ground in July. Walsh and design team members worked over the next 21 months to deliver the new hotel ahead of schedule in March 2018.

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The project required responsive leadership and flexibility while working within a constrained site in a heavily populated entertainment area.

For most of the project's duration, construction operations were scheduled around the Chicago Cubs’ home afternoon games, concerts and other events at Wrigley Field. Concrete pours, tower crane operations and deliveries had to be organized around neighborhood activities.

Image credit: Aerialscapes

Image credit: Aerialscapes

"We championed the soft skills on this project; we were a partner everyday with our customer to make sure their goals were achieved,” said Project Manager Nehal Desai, “We're very proud of the product we delivered and the relationships we developed along the way."

“Nehal and his team turned the 173 hotel rooms over a full month early, and then turned their focus and energy to helping the customer coordinate and finish the multiple restaurants build outs on the first level of the building,” said Vice President Jeff Pezza.

Image credit: Chicago Magazine

Image credit: Chicago Magazine

“I am so proud of the team that came together to create our success at Hotel Zachary – from the self-performance of our concrete led by Finn Eikeland, to managing the balance of construction, including keeping the neighbors happy, led by Mike Gibbons,” said Pezza. “The entire Walsh team worked safely and produced a high-quality product that becomes part of the fabric of the Wrigley experience.”

For more information on Hotel Zachary, and to make reservations, visit



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