American Airlines
Conference Center

at Wrigley Field

Chicago, IL


Wrigley Field, which was built in 1914, is the second-oldest ballpark in the majors behind Boston's Fenway Park (1912). Originally known as Weeghman Park, Wrigley Field was built on the grounds once occupied by a seminary. Weeghman Park was the home of Chicago's entry in the Federal League and was the property of Charles H. Weeghman. The club was known as both the Federals and the Whales.The cost of building Weeghman Park, which had a seating capacity of 14,000, was estimated at $250,000. The infield and outfield consisted of more than 4,000 yards of soil and four acres of bluegrass. 


The first major league game at the ballpark took place, April 23, 1914, with the Federals defeating Kansas City, 9-1. The first homer in ballpark history was hit by Federals catcher Art Wilson - a two-run shot in the second inning off Kansas City's Chief Johnson. When the Federal League folded for financial reasons after the 1915 campaign, Weeghman purchased the Cubs from the Taft family of Cincinnati and moved the club to the two-year-old ballpark at the corner of Clark and Addison streets. 


The first National League game at the ballpark was played, April 20, 1916, when the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings. A bear cub was in attendance at the game.The ballpark became known as Cubs Park in 1920 after the Wrigley family purchased the team from Weeghman. It was named Wrigley Field in 1926 in honor of William Wrigley Jr., the club's owner.

Getting Here

American Airlines Conference Center

1101 W Waveland

Chicago, Illinois 60613


Driving & CTA Directions


**Parking and entrance information will be sent upon registration confirmation

Suggested Hotels

Hotel Zachary

Chicago, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

3630 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60613

Tel: +1 773-302-2300



The Chicago Hotel Collection Wrigleyville

3475 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60657

Tel: +1 312-447-9697


The Inn at Wrigleyville 

3617-19 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Tel: +1 312-239-6079


Chicago Midway 

Airport Code: MDW 

Distance to Wrigley Field: 12.1 Miles


Chicago O'Hare 

Airport Code: ORD

Distance to Wrigley Field: 12.8 Miles

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