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Wrigley Hostel Opening a Half Block Away from Wrigley Field

By Serena Dai | May 17, 2013 7:20am
 Three apartments at 3514 N. Sheffield Ave. will be converted into the Wrigley Hostel. 
Wrigley Hostel at 3514 N. Sheffield Ave.
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WRIGLEYVILLE — Visitors looking for a room for a night in Wrigleyville will soon have a place to go.

Part of an apartment building at 3514 N. Sheffield Ave. — just half a block south of Wrigley Field — is being converted into a hostel, according to co-owner Brendan Stanton.

Stanton and his partner Brian Bowers received a bed-and-breakfast license to turn part of the building into a hostel, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th)'s chief of staff Bennett Lawson said. Two garden apartments and one first floor apartment in the building will be used, Stanton said.

Other tenants, including at least one of the owners, will still live in the building. The Wrigley Hostel will open in several weeks, he said.

The owners made no zoning change or liquor license requests and did not need aldermanic approval, Lawson said.

Wrigley Hostel's website advertises three types of rooms: private starting at $60 a night, four-bed dorm rooms starting at $25 a night and six-bed dorm rooms starting at $20 a night. Rates increase during the spring, fall and summer, with six-bed dorm rooms jumping to $55 a night in the summer. 

It also offers breakfast and free barbecue or pizza each Sunday night. The maximum length of stay is 29 days.

The site says the hostel is meant to have an atmosphere "where the focus is on socializing and having a great time."

Kara Dent and Mert Reilly, two college students who have lived next door for three years, said the hostel's building is "a big party building" on a street that's already filled with noises and quirks — from the couple across the street that loudly fights to the man who hangs out his window every morning to eat a bowl of cereal, they said.

So, they said, a hostel probably won't change the dynamic much.

"I've seen and heard all kinds of s---," Dent said. "I don't think it's going to be a big disturbance by comparison."