After the winter we’ve had here in Chicago, with two Polar vortices and near record snowfalls, it’s hard to believe that we are just a few days away from opening day. Just two weeks ago I walked by Wrigley Field and watched bulldozers removing piles of snow that had been hand shoveled off the field earlier that day. To me that was the first sign of spring. Today it has warmed up to a pleasant 46 degrees and you can almost feel the shared relief in this city that the end of winter is near.
But just as we anticipate warmer weather, there is always that collective, eternal hope of Cubs fans that is so palpable each spring. It is that wonderful time before the first bat cracks at a pitch at Wrigley when we dare to dream in a miraculous, exciting, or just simply good season for north side ball club. This year Wrigley Field is celebrating its one hundredth year anniversary which only adds to the excitement. Now, if only the promise of one hundred springs would translate into a world series for our beloved Cubbies, I think we’d all suffer through another polar vortex or two.
For those of you traveling to the Inn in the coming weeks we look forward to hosting you. Whether you’re coming for the first time or you stayed with us before; and whether you coming to cheer on the Cubs or following your team on the road, we want you to feel at home. During baseball season the Old Chicago Inn has some added amenities for our guests. We offer free shuttle service to Wrigley Field, in conjunction with our sister business Trader Todd’s . Cubs’ souvenir schedules are available for all of our guests the main lobby.
Every home game your innkeeper David will post the game times in the lobby and the weather forecast for the day. If you left your umbrella at home just ask, we have a few extras available for guests to use. We also have a limited number of stadium blankets for those cold day games early in the season and guests are welcome to borrow them.
If you want to gear up in style we recommend shopping at Wrigleyville Sports. Wrigleyville Sports is located at the corner of Sheffield and Addison. They have a great selection of wearables, accessories and novelties and a super friendly staff. Last year I picked up some cool Cubs logo cookie cutters. This year I’ll be shopping for some 100th year commemorative tchotchkes. From gold coins and Christmas ornaments, to flags and pins, they have plenty to choose from for the occasion. Be sure and ask David for a coupon good for 10% off merchandise if you plan on shopping there before or after the game.
Have fun at the ballpark!