With no baseball being played at Wrigley Field right now, the Cubs are putting the stadium campus to good use in support of COVID-19 relief.
Tuesday, the Cubs announced they will begin utilizing Wrigley’s concourse as a food packing and distribution center. The campaign is in collaboration with Lakeview Pantry, Chicago’s largest food pantry.
“I am incredibly proud of Lakeview Pantry, the Ricketts Family, and the entire Lakeview community for their work in stepping up and doing their part to support our residents and keep our city moving during this crisis,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a press release. “These past few months have been hard on all of us, and we still have a long way to go, but thanks to this new collaboration, we will be able to not only keep up with demand for food programs, but provide other social services as well."
Volunteers will pack nutritious groceries and other essential items for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Operations will take place every Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice.
Starting Saturday, Lakeview Pantry will conduct its distribution services at Wrigley from noon to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday, also until further notice.
“The strength of our city is in our neighborhoods and this community has been pulling together, neighbors helping neighbors, and it is heartwarming,” said Laura Ricketts, Cubs Charities Board Chair. “We are proud to support Lakeview Pantry at this critical time as the Cubs organization transitions from preparing for baseball to supporting COVID-19 response efforts not only in Lakeview, but across Chicago and throughout Illinois.”
The Cubs also announced Hotel Zachary, located at 3630 N. Clark St., will be reopened this week through April 30 to health care workers from Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in need of a place to stay. Guests will be able to have food delivered from local restaurants, and hotel staff will follow social distancing guidelines while wearing protective equipment.
“We are forever grateful for the nurses, doctors and hospital workers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said. “We are proud to help the heroes of Illinois Masonic recuperate after their difficult shifts on the front lines and to help them rest easier knowing they are not exposing their families to the virus.”
The hotel will remain closed to the general public.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs easily on your device.