Welcome to our Thanksgiving travelers! As usual we have many guests visiting the Old Chicago Inn over the Thanksgiving holiday who have family here in the Lakeview neighborhood. As much as we enjoy the hustle and bustle of our “busy season” at the Inn, it’s so nice to settle in to a cozier season. The fireplaces are ready for your enjoyment and hot cocoa and apple cider are available in the main lobby every afternoon.
The lobby is decorated for the holidays, complete with our very own mechanized, life-size Santa Claus. A recent acquisition to our antique collection, this Santa was found two weekends ago at The Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot-Machine & Jukebox Show . He dates to the early fifties and was one of several to grace storefront windows around Chicagoland in that decade.
We are certain you’ll have plenty to enjoy during your Thanksgiving visit. If you find yourself wanting any suggestions for dining options on Thanksgiving please ask David, our innkeeper, for suggestions. Also our local merchants association has a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day here in Lakeview. Should you want to burn off some of those extra holiday calories, you’ll want to know about the third annual reopening of the Rink at Wrigley.
That’s right, adjacent to Wrigley Field, on Clark Street between Addison and Waveland, the Cubs will be home to a full-size, cheerfully decorated Ice Rink . The Rink at Wrigley officially opens on November 25, 2011 and will operate through February 27, 2012. Hours for the rink are posted as Monday through Thursday from 2pm until 9pm, Friday from 2pm until 11pm, Saturday from 10 am until 11pm and then Sunday 10 am until 8pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for kids during peak hours and is as low as $5 for adults, $3 for kids Monday through Wednesday. Skate rentals are available at reasonable rates. For complete details you can call 312-617-7017 or visit them online at http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/community/rink_at_wrigley.jsp
The Rink at Wrigley is made possible through the generosity of the Ricketts family and the Chicago Cubs, Ald. Tom Tunney, the Chicago Park District, Westrec Marinas, the Central Lakeview Merchants Association, Patch Landscaping and the Lake View Citizens’ Council.