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Harry Caray's Restaurant Group

Since 1987, Harry Caray's Restaurant Group (HCRG), led by Grant DePorter, has proven to be one of Chicago's most dynamic and successful restaurant management companies. The enterprise currently operates six restaurants, an off-premise catering company and is opening a 22,000 square foot restaurant event venue at Water Tower Place in 2014.

HCRG opened its first restaurant, Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in 1987. The restaurant has since become a Chicago legend, and now offers additional locations in Rosemont and Lombard. Also located in Lombard, adjacent to Harry Caray’s, is Holy Mackerel!, HCRG’s fresh seafood concept. HCRG then opened Harry Caray’s Tavern, a more casual version of the original Harry Caray’s, at Navy Pier in March 2010. Additionally, HCRG worked with the Chicago Cubs to develop and execute the Captain Morgan Club at Wrigley Field. HCRG also operates Harry Caray's Seventh Inning Stretch, Midway Airport’s flagship restaurant. In addition, HCRG’s off-premise catering company, Harry Caray’s Catering & Events, caters many of Chicagoland's premier landmarks including the Harold Washington Library, Garfield Park Conservatory and Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Named as one of the Top 75 Multiconcept Leaders in the Country by Restaurants and Institutions Magazine, HCRG continues to expand its ventures. Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse has received numerous accolades throughout its 26 year history including "Best Steakhouse" by the Chicago Tribune's Dining Poll, Wine Spectator's prestigious "Award of Excellence" and is ranked continuously in the top 100 grossing independent restaurants in America. 






 

Harry Caray

Harry Caray was born Harry Christopher Carabina of French-Rumanian and Italian parentage in one of the poorest sections of St. Louis. He was an infant when his father died; at ten, he was taken in by his aunt upon the death of his mother. As a young man, Caray played baseball at the semi-pro level for a short time before auditioning for a radio job at the age of 19. He then spent a few years learning the trade at radio stations in Joliet, Illinois and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Caray did play-by-play for the St. Louis Hawks professional basketball team (now the Atlanta Hawks), the University of Missouri football team and he announced three Cotton Bowl games. 

It was in St. Louis, covering the Cardinals from 1945 to 1969, where Caray gained national fame. He was named “Baseball Announcer of the Year” for 7 years in a row by The Sporting News. Caray was  inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1989. After a quarter of a century in the St. Louis, Caray moved to California to announce the Oakland A’s games on television and radio during the 1970 season. The following year, Caray came to Chicago to become the radio/television voice of the cross-town Chicago White Sox, a position he held until 1981. Harry Caray and his “tell-it-like-it-is” style of broadcasting had become as synonymous with Chicago baseball fans as the ivy that covers the center field wall at Wrigley Field. 

This veteran play-by-play announcer was perhaps best recognized for his tradition of singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the 7th inning stretch and for his famous exclamations: “It might be, it could be, it is! A home run!” and “Holy Cow!”.

When asked his plans for retirement, Caray summed up his plans in one word: “Never.” He was the voice of the Chicago Cubs from 1982 until he passed away on February 18, 1998. His wife, Dutchie Caray, affectionately known as the "First Lady of Chicago Baseball" continues to be very involved in all of the HCRG restaurants.

 

Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, Chicago

33 West Kinzie Street

Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312.828.0966

Facsimile: 312.828.0962

 

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, Lombard

70 Yorktown Shopping Center

Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-953-3400

Facsimile: 630-953-3430

 

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, Rosemont

10233 West Higgins Road

Rosemont, IL 60018

Phone: 847.699.1200

Facsimile: 847.699.0200

 

Harry Caray’s Tavern, Navy Pier

700 E Grand Ave  Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.527-9700

 

Holy Mackerel! Fresh Seafood

70 Yorktown Shopping Center

Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630.953.3444

Facsimile: 630.953.3430

 

Offsite Catering

33 West Kinzie Street

Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312.222.9200

Facsimile: 312.828.0962

 

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