July 12, 2019, Chicago-
Being a lifelong Red Sox fan, I nonetheless, being a holistic thinker and inclusive by nature, I also have had a place in my heart for the Chicago Cubs. I was as happy when they won the World Series, as I was when my Home Team earned their title.
So, when Wrigley Hostel came up, as a place to spend a night in Chicago, I was ecstatic. As it happened, when Hostelworld bumped my reservation date back to June 12, I didn’t notice. I got here in mid-afternoon and was lucky that there was a spot available for tonight. From now on, I know I need to double check any reservations I make, using an online consortium.
At any rate, Wrigley Hostel, essentially one block east of the stadium, is a large and homey place, with plenty of room for about 60 people. My spot is in the room right next to the front desk, very close to the kitchen. The group of hostelers is relaxed, inclusive and fun-loving, as should be the case. The staff, save for one out-of-sorts desk clerk, is caring and friendly.
The kids went off to events like Taste of Chicago. I got my own Taste, at Shake Shack, south of here and equally close to Wrigley Field. There was a goodly crowd on Clark Avenue, as the game had let out, a few minutes earlier.
I feel fortunate to have two good shots of Wrigley.
After the very filling Chi-burger and mango shake, I took a stroll down to the edge of Lake Michigan. It’s always a soothing sight, especially from the serenity of Lincoln Park.
This expanse of greenery is a solace to many- from the water’s edge to Jarvis Bird Sanctuary, and, yes, to Lincoln Park Zoo. I spent about twenty minutes here, contemplating Chicago’s majestic side.
Along Addison Avenue, going back to the hostel, are several architectural gems.
I can’t look at a water tower in this city, without thinking of the Fire of 1871.
Conical roofs are appealing, both on apartment blocks and on churches.
I am just glad for one thing: I don’t have to drive in Wrigleyville as a daily routine. I think that would be way above my pay grade. It’ll be enough to navigate out of here, tomorrow morning.