Mordecai, Wrigleyville’s Favorite Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant
Welcome to Mordecai, a favorite neighborhood Wrigleyville bar & restaurant — located inside Hotel Zachary and directly across from Wrigley Field.
Our menu features a blend of traditional American classics and reimagined favorites, with a particular focus by Chef Matthias Merges on sourcing fresh, local ingredients.
The seasonal bar menu at our American restaurant in Chicago offers something for everyone, from classic cocktails, to local beer and some of our favorite wines. In addition to our bar menu, we have a back bar featuring one of the country’s most interesting collections of vintage and rare spirits, with a focus on rare bourbon.
Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown
A Courageous Man & Dominating Pitcher
On October 8, 1908, Mordecai Brown clutched a half-dozen notes inside his coat pocket. The message of each was clear: we’ll kill you if you pitch and beat the Giants. A black handprint marked each note, the signature of the Black Hand Mob.
Mordecai Brown—dubbed “Three Finger” because of a childhood farm injury—was the dominant pitcher for the great Chicago Cubs team of the early twentieth century. Brown’s handicap enabled him to throw pitches with an unconventional movement that left batters bewildered—the curve ball that Ty Cobb once called “the most devastating” he had ever faced.
How Brown responded to the Mafia’s threats in 1908 mirrored the way he took life in general: with unflappable courage and resolve. Mordecai Brown was indeed one of baseball’s greatest pitchers.
A special thank you credit to the Mordecai Brown Legacy Foundation.
Meet Our Team
A one-of-a-kind collaboration of experience and talent.
Chef Matthias Merges
Chef and proprietor of 2010 founded Folkart, a craft-driven hospitality group, which includes award-winning cocktail bar Billy Sunday, Wrigleyville destinations Lucky Dorr and Mordecai, and craft brew house Old Irving Brewing. Merges is deeply passionate about giving back and is the co-founder of Pilot Light, a Chicago-based charity that connects chefs and teachers, using food to support effective classroom teaching and learning.
A neighborhood fixture as the former General Manager of sister property Lucky Dorr, Sam Lazar is deeply embedded in Wrigleyville’s food and beverage evolution. Over his career he has cultivated relationships with small farmers, local distilleries and Midwest brewers. Now overseeing Mordecai and Lucky Dorr, Lazar shares his passion for excellent service, genuine hospitality and well-sourced products, particularly locally brewed beer and bourbon.
Our new Executive Chef hails from Long Island, bringing a lifelong passion for the culinary arts to our kitchen. He cooked in Michelin-starred restaurants across Manhattan, before turning his focus to cooking fine dining quality food with a focus on greater simplicity. Michael moved to Chicago to be closer to family, working at Dusek’s in Pilsen before joining Mordecai earlier this year. We’re thrilled to have such a talented chef on our team!
Inspired by classic cocktails, whiskey culture and the art of hospitality, Tom brings a unique passion and perspective to Mordecai’s acclaimed bar program. A graduate of Loyola University, Tom honed his skills at a number of Chicago bars and restaurants, developing his own aesthetic while learning from top industry mentors. Tom strives to develop cocktails that create a special experience, while showcasing balance and depth of flavor.
A spirits savant with an encyclopedic knowledge of rare and vintage bottles, Kris has drafted more than 1,000 formal tasting notes throughout his career. An avid reviewer and liquor historian, he has worked in a variety beverage programs over the past two decades, building up a vast repertoire of spirits experience. Here, Kris oversees a world-class selection of collectible bottles and provides curated flights for a genuine taste of history.