WRIGLEYVILLE — Hotel Zachary's signs were revealed in a zoning committee meeting on Monday, marking one more small step toward the hotel's opening next year.
The sign with the hotel's full name will be 35½ feet wide and 8 feet tall, and there will also be various "Z" signs that are 6-feet-7-inches wide and 6 feet tall on the north, west and south walls. The signs will be backlit with LEDs.
Hotel Zachary was named after architect Zachary Taylor Davis, the designer of Wrigley Field. Davis also was the brains behind designs for Comiskey Park, St. Ambrose Church and Mount Carmel High School.
According to Eric Nordness, senior vice president of Hickory Street Capital, the Ricketts family-owned development company behind the project, the idea behind the hotel was to create a sense of community only found in Chicago.
The hotel will be home to national chains like the returning McDonald's that was demolished to make room for the development, but its focus is on beloved Chicago restaurants, including West Town Bakery, Big Star and Smoke Daddy.
Hotel Zachary is slated to open in April of next year.
The Cubs and Wrigley Field are 95 percent owned by a trust established for the benefit of the family of Joe Ricketts, owner and CEO of DNAinfo.com. Joe Ricketts has no direct involvement in the management of the iconic team.