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Big Star Opening Second Location Across From Wrigley Field

By Ariel Cheung | September 29, 2016 2:24pm
 Big Star will bring its beloved tacos, margaritas and
Big Star will bring its beloved tacos, margaritas and "patio vibes" to Hotel Zachary in 2018. 
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CHICAGO — Wicker Park's beloved Big Star is opening a second location in the new hotel across the street from Wrigley Field. 

The taco spot announced the news on Instagram Thursday, saying they were eyeing an early 2018 opening date. 

Hotel Zachary is expected to open in early 2018 and will become host to restaurants from the groups behind some of the city's best-known restaurants.

Hickory Street Capital — the Ricketts family-owned development company behind the project — released new renderings of the development, which draw inspiration from Wrigley Field, the company said.

“The goal of our development is to create a town hub, where families, fans and visitors find entertainment, great food and daily attractions in an urban park setting," said Crane Kenney, chairman of Hickory Street Capital and president of Cubs business operations.

The hotel will partner with restaurant groups like One Off Hospitality (Big Star), 4 Star Restaurant Group (Crosby's Kitchen), Folkart Restaurant Management (Yusho) and West Town Bakery to fill the 238,000-square-foot building at 3630 N. Clark St.

Hotel Zachary is expected to open in early 2018 and will become host to restaurants from the groups behind some of the city's best-known restaurants. [Hickory Street Capital]

Names of the other specific restaurants that will be at the hotel haven't been announced. With the Zachary Hotel, 4 Star Restaurant Group will have five Lakeview locations, including Crosby's Kitchen, Tuco and Blondie, Ella Elli and Frasca.

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A new McDonald's will be in the hotel building, replacing the one torn down earlier this year. A Wintrust Bank branch will also open inside the space.

The hotel is named after architect Zachary Taylor Davis, the designer of Wrigley Field. Davis was also the brains behind designs for Comiskey Park, St. Ambrose Church and Mount Carmel High School.

Hotel Zachary is expected to open in early 2018. [Hickory Street Capital]

The Chicago Cubs are heading into the third year of major renovations at Wrigley Field. While bleachers, the underground clubhousebathroom expansions and marquee are complete, work remains for the plaza and office building, which should be complete next year. The 1914 Club should open in 2018.

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Last year, the Cubs' postseason games delayed construction for a month. Despite the hold-up, the club said the five-year renovation plans remain on schedule.

Across the street, demolition is almost complete for the Addison & Clark project, formerly known as Addison Park on Clark.

A selection of menu items from the beloved Wicker Park restaurant. [Big Star]

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By November, construction on Addison & Clark likely will require restricting the east lane of traffic on Addison Street, developers said. The blockage will last into the 2017 Cubs season, forcing a heavy flow of game day traffic to one lane of travel along the south side of Wrigley Field.

While this is Big Star's second restaurant location, the brand also has a concession stand at the United Center that debuted last year.


The Hotel Zachary/Wrigley Plaza is being developed by an entity controlled by a trust established for the benefit of the family of Joe Ricketts, owner and CEO of DNAinfo. Joe Ricketts has no direct involvement in the management of the hotel development project.

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