Your birthday only comes once a year, right? So might as well make the best of it (regardless of how much older any of us may feel we are getting)! My husband got tickets to a Cubs game a few weeks ago and I was pretty excited to go to a weekday night game. That’s living on the adulthood edge right there!
644 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
With being over a three-hour drive we decided to make a night out of it and booked a room at Hotel Versey. Have you heard of this place? If not, let me tell you! It’s a former Days Inn turned Cubs-themed boutique hotel less than a mile from Wrigley Field. If you’ve read my other posts on Wrigleyville, then you’ll know that I adore the Hotel Zachary, located directly across the street from Wrigley Field. Hotel Zachary is another Cubs-themed hotel, but a bit in the higher priced ranged.
Hotel Versey was perfect for what we needed, a place to sleep that was cool, clean, and in a great location. We walked to and from Wrigley Field with no problems. Getting a taxi, Uber, or Lyft was near impossible on a game night, keep this in mind when attending a game (they shut down a lot of the surrounding streets around the 8th inning of the game). The walk was easy and safe. Honestly, I was least approached by homeless individuals for money on this Chicago trip than any other.
Located on Diversey Avenue, Hotel Versey is a smaller place with a simple, but totally cool, entrance. A baseball player figure sits on top of the entrance and the automatic sliding doors lead you towards of hallway of artwork representing Chicago, the Cubs, and Wrigleyville. I won’t give out too many details so that you can see for yourself, but we loved the Harry Carey painting and the murals.
Although the foyer is small, there are plenty of chairs to sit on and even more art to admire. A stack of books made into artwork hangs from the ceiling, a Cubs frame of baseballs on the wall, and a smiling employee behind the front desk waiting to immediately greet you. Even the elevator has been turned into art with bumper stickers decorating it from wall to ceiling. It does give off a very hipster vibe, but what big city doesn’t?
Valet parking is available for around $50, but we opted for a parking garage just a block away that we found on SpotHero for $24. The only tip I can offer with that one is just make sure you remember how you got into and out of the parking garage. Speaking from experience, ha!
We stayed on the 4th floor and opted for a smaller queen room. Our room was tiny, as I expected it to be (you should just always assume this if you are staying in a downtown hotel). There was enough room for the two of us and that’s it. A queen bed fit snuggly in the room with a small nightstand, desk, wardrobe, and chair. The bathroom was a bit more spacious but had only had a walk-in shower. It was recently remodeled but still had a lot of vintage details left in the room. Behind the bed was a mural of iconic Wrigley Field places.
There isn’t a mini-refrigerator or microwave in the room, we opted for cooling drinks in the ice bucket provided. If you don’t want to pay $5 for the bottled water they have in the room for you, just across the street is a Walgreens where we purchased drinks and snacks. The room had a fancy Nespresso machine in it, so we had coffee immediately available in the morning.
There are a ton of places to eat in Wrigleyville and many options. But after arriving back to the hotel later in the evening (we went to a night game) we decided to thrown on pajamas and have food delivered to us. Although there were still a few places open along the way, we went with DoorDash delivered directly to our hotel. They had places that were open and delivered up to 2 am in the area. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to meet them in the lobby since the elevator is accessed with a guest card only.
2800 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
Neighboring the hotel is the famous Chicago donut spot, Stan’s Donuts & Coffee. Stop in for a visit while you are there! The hotel gave us some coupons for a free donut with drink purchase when we checked in. These pricey donuts are huge, rich, and worth trying! Just be prepared to fork out $3-5 per donut, but consider it a dessert. The buttermilk bar was worth all the carbs. They also have a fabulous display of colorful KitchenAid blenders which caught my baker’s eye!
Lots of shopping and restaurants surround the hotel. In fact, directly across the street is a TJMaxx and several smaller shops. A block away was eyed some cool looking bookstores and other boutique shops. A movie theatre and mini Walmart shopping center line the block as well. If you forgot something at home you’ll be able to easily replace it nearby! If you are taking the family, check out my post on family-friendly things to do in the area!