Winter Fun at Gallagher Way: You better believe winter's on its way

Winter Fun at Gallagher Way: You better believe winter's on its way

While many of us are thinking baseball playoffs and hoping to catch a little World Series fever, the folks at Culloton Strategies, a public affairs and media relations firm representing Gallagher Way, are thinking winter.

Gallagher Way, previously known as The Park at Wrigley, in the heart of the reinvented Wrigleyville neighborhood and in the shadow of Wrigley Field has become a hotbed of year round activities.

The transformed neighborhood with luxury Hotel Zachary and an impressive line-up new restaurants including Smoke Daddy, Brickhouse and Big Star–to name a few is not letting winter shut things down.

Winter in Wrigleyville will officially kick off the day after Thanksgiving (November 23) with a line-up attractions including an ice rink, holiday tree, Santa workshop, an outdoor chimes exhibit and more.

Here are some of the highlights:

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The Rink at Gallagher Way will be open Friday, November 23, through Sunday, January 27, weather permitting. All skill levels are welcome. Special events will include skating with Santa, ice skating lessons, figure skating exhibitions and learn to curl.

Admission is $5 for skaters 13 years and older and free for skaters 12 years and younger. Guests may bring their own skates or rent skates on site for $10. Skate aid is available for $10 per hour. Bags can be checked at the skate rental for $2.

Hours: The Rink at Gallagher Way will be open Monday through Thursday from 3 – 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with special holiday hours:
December 24 and 25: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 26 through January 4: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
January 14: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Santa on Ice

(no, its not the name of a new cocktail–although it could be)

Santa will be lacing up his skates to join other skaters on Thursday nights, November 29 through December 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Lessons: Starting Saturday, December 8, guests three years of age and older can learn to ice skate with small private group lessons. The hour-long, six-week course will run through Sunday, January 13. Ice skaters can select either Saturday or Sunday lessons from 9 – 10 a.m. or 10 – 11 a.m. Participants can learn basic skills like two-foot turns and skating forward, while more advanced skaters will learn forward and backward cross overs and edge work. Make-up classes will be offered January 19-20 and January 26-27, weather permitted. Lessons cost $95 for six weeks. Participants will receive discounted skate rentals at $5 per lesson. Space is limited.

Go Figure

A figure skating exhibition by performers from Figure Skate Chicago will take place on Wednesdays, starting November 28 through December 19, from 6 – 6:15 p.m.

Learn to Curl

Guests can learn how to curl by signing up for hour-long classes taught by the Chicago Curling Club, Windy City Curling Club, Second City Curling Club and the Exmoor Curling Club from January 8-10 and January 21-24 from 6 – 9 p.m. Participants will learn the rules and etiquette of the sport before “sweeping” to a victory. The cost is $50 per participant, which includes one complimentary beverage to be redeemed at the Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern. Learn to Curl classes will be offered for guests ages eight and older.

A Light Show Like No Other

New this winter season, a festive interactive art display, “Chimes at Gallagher Way,’” designed to demonstrate the chaos theory, in which a very small change in the system results in a large difference in time. A random disorder of 30 lights and eight speakers will spring to life with the slightest sway of the chimes in Gallagher Way. A simple gust of wind or interaction from guests will transform the entire ambiance and create a distinctly unique light show and aural motif. Every chock between the chimes’ bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and will generate divergent evolutions. This is the first U.S. chimes installation, co-produced by Illuminart (Montreal, Canada), Quartier des Spectacles Partnership (Montreal, Canada), Fête des Lumières (Lyon, France) and Collectif Blackbox (artist).

The “Chimes at Gallagher Way” operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 3 – 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours:
December 24 and 25 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 26 through January 4 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Santa Workshop and Santa Paws

Good boys and girls, and the young at heart, can stop by Santa’s Workshop at Gallagher Way to share holiday wishes Fridays from 3 – 8 p.m. and Saturdays – Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., November 23 through December 23, to tell Santa their holiday wishes and snap a keepsake photo. Visitors are encouraged to bring their dogs on Sundays for “Santa Paws.” Santa will depart from the workshop Sunday, December 23. Professional photos will be available for purchase.

Calling all Crafty Types

Join Chicago Flower & Garden and nonprofits Get Out & Grow and Get Growing Foundation this winter for wreath decorating classes at Gallagher Way. The American Airlines Conference Center will play host to classes where holiday enthusiasts can learn how to make a wreath with the season’s best foliage. Guests will have the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind home décor piece or a holiday gift for someone special.

Classes will be held December 2 through December 16, from noon – 1:30 p.m. and start at $25 per person. During each class, participants will receive materials to make a wreath and a variety of accessories to decorate with. A great family activity and children under 18 have the option to make a smaller wreath for $15. Space is limited, and reservations are required.

More to Catch than Baseballs

Catch classic holiday movies at Gallagher Way on select Fridays beginning November 23 through January 4 at 6 p.m.

  • November 23: Elf
  • November 30: Home Alone
  • December 7: Love Actually
  • December 14: A Christmas Story
  • December 21: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • December 28: The Holiday
  • January 4: Miracle


Crowd waiting to get into Gallagher Way with Hotel Zachary (under construction September 2018) in background. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Crowd waiting to get into Gallagher Way with Hotel Zachary (under construction September 2018) in background. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Check Out the Neighborhood

Hotel Zachary celebrates its inaugural holiday season with festive décor and weekend activities including Breakfast with Santa, Teddy Bear Tea and other holiday activations TBA in November. Check out the baseball memorabilia at Brickhouse or grab some of the awesome tacos at Big Star and enjoy a Taste of Winter in Wrigleyville.

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