Chicago-based Bedderman Lodging is set to open The Wheelhouse Hotel in Wrigleyville this weekend. The boutique hotel is the first upscale project for the alternative lodging company.
The 21-room hotel is housed in a restored early 20th century greystone, and design was led by Bedderman Lodging’s in-house team in collaboration with Chicago-based Public Space and Curioso. Not surprisingly, interiors pay tribute to Wrigleyville’s baseball history. Bedderman cofounder Robby Baum conceptualized a baseball bat art installation that flows across the entire lobby, with several rows of additional bats hanging from the side wall. All the bats were donated by Louisville Sluggers.
The design also balances the old and new, fusing modern fixtures with Bedderman’s signature style by integrating upcycled furniture and salvaged sports memorabilia throughout the hotel. A recycled gas station sign hangs in the lobby, but it’s not the price of gas that is displayed—rather, it’s the price of tickets to that day’s Cubs home game.
Bedderman isn’t a stranger to new and exciting projects. Currently, the company has another boutique hotel, FieldHouse Jones Nashville, in the works, which will open next year.
Rendering: Courtesy of Bedderman Lodging