Wrigleyville is undertaking a more contemporary city vive with its new buildings, businesses, residents, increasing waves of tourists and fun seekers. New developments, particularly Hotel Zachary and the upcoming Addison & Clark, are creating more year around experiences for residents not having to go to other neighborhoods, and for tourists a variety of entertainment options close to their hotels, either Wheelhouse Hotel or Hotel Zachary.
The infamous late-night Taco Bell that has provided sustenance to most Wrigleyville neighbors after a night out, will unfortunately be leaving this location in September 2018. WHW is as sad as you are, but also excited to see what is in store for the new 4 story, 57,000 feet retail building. Not much is known about the development yet, but a fore sure business is Planet Granite, an innovative climbing gym for those of all ages, plus the classic fitness routines and yoga classes.
For those that have lived in the Wrigleyville area for over 5 years, they may remember the old Chase Bank on the northwest corner of Clark and Cornelia. Due to the influx of Chase Banks in the area (although this was super convenient for not only WHW but bar goers as well) they closed in 2014/2015. It was news around the area that a Culver’s, everyone’s favorite Wisconsin fast food place, was heading to Wrigleyville on the first floor and additional condos on the other 3 floors. This location would be the third in the city of Chicago proper.
For those that are familiar with the new Rizzo’s Bar and Inn, they know that there wasn’t always an “inn.” What make’s Rizzo’s inn concept unique is the 3 bedroom, 4 bed condo allowing up to 8 guests and outdoor space. What could be a more perfect place to crash after a night in Wrigleyville?
Further south on Clark Street is the new Clarkview Apartment Complex, which has just started leasing mixed floorplan apartments above a 2,600 square feet of retail space. Another new condo complex in the works is at Clark and School, a primarily “transit oriented development” (TOD) just blocks from the CTA Belmont Red and Brown Lines, the 77 Belmont Bus, and the 22 Clark Street route. There will be 140 units throughout 7 1/2 stories overlooking Clark, with a 10,000 square foot retail space on the first floor. TODs are a new thing in Chicago, many with amenities you wouldn’t find elsewhere. This complex features an amenities room and a roof top deck. If you still want to be close enough to the Wrigleyville vibe and accessible transportation but more of a relaxed atmosphere, 957 W Grace proposed a four story, 40 unit residential development featuring studios, one, and two bedroom units.
Retail space will soon be available at the old Luis auto body shop. A two story building with plans for a roof deck, could be one large space or divided for two tenants.
Places available for rent as well as vacant buildings could be redeveloped. Previous office space at the intersection of Racine and Clark Streets could be used for many purposes, including restaurant, retail, office, and bar space. There are also several properties available for sale/lease south of Addison on Clark Street. A 4,500 square foot bar, which was formerly Cannikin and Rockwood, offers a large space for restaurant and bar lovers. The old Bar Celona, book store, and Strange Cargo are also standing vacant. Einstein Brothers Bagel store has sat empty for the last few years and has great potential as a stand-alone building with parking. What business doesn’t like a parking lot in Chicago? There are additional small spaces available throughout Wrigleyville if entrepreneurs are looking to open up shop.
The Hotel Zachary has opened this spring bringing new restaurants to the area and still the top floor restaurant will debut next year. Across the street at Waveland and Clark where the Cubs’ offices have moved to will be a Joe Madden concept restaurant. Stay tuned to WHW to find out what Joe will be cooking up!
The Wheelhouse Hotel is opening soon with a Union Pizza and a speakeasy style lounge called Tinkers to Evers. A second phase in the vacant lot next to it will complete the hotel with retail on the 1st floor.
With leasing starting September 1st, residences at the Addison and Clark will put you right in the middle of all of the action. The lower retail features 155,000 square feet of retail with CMX Movie Theater and a Lucky Strike Social taking up around 60,000 of that square footage.
The CTA Brown line flyover project is in the works of their 5 year plan. Most buildings have been demolished to make way for the EL flyover. Once this is complete the CTA plans to rent or sell the land to a developer that could include; condos, retail or offices.
Whether you are a current or a prospective resident to the classic Wrigleyville area, there are many options for living through purchasing or renting your space in this exciting neighborhood. Many come from areas all over Chicagoland and the country to visit this iconic neighborhood, cheer on the Cubs, attend a concert, or enjoy some great places for food, drink, and entertainment. Although some say that the neighborhood has lost its “classic” feel, you can still enjoy the businesses that have put Wrigleyville on the map while enjoying all of the potential of what is to come!