1060 W. Addison St.
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Welcome to Wrigleyville! Nestled in a single, albeit oddly-shaped, city block, Chicago’s Wrigley Field was built in 1914 for the Chicago team in the short-lived Federal League. After the Federal League folded prior to the 1916 season, the Cubs moved into the ballpark and have called it home ever since.
Renowned for its ivy-covered outfield wall and hand-operated scoreboard, Wrigley Field is an intimate ballpark that should be at the top of every baseball fan’s bucket list. The surrounding neighborhood boasts a wide array of restaurants and bars to fuel up before the game and (hopefully) celebrate a Cubs victory after, most of which are within a few blocks of the park.
Wrigley Field is separated into two sections and ticket holders in the grandstand are not allowed access to the bleachers and vice versa. All seating in the bleachers is general admission and the seating consists of benches without backs. Plan to arrive well before the gates open to secure seats in the first few rows.
Wrigley Field has a lot of obstructed view seats due to the structural support for the upper deck. If you would like to avoid an obstructed view from the Terrace Reserved section, look for seats in rows 1-8. In the upper deck, almost any seat in the Upper Deck Reserved sections might have an obstruction to some degree.
Most seats in the Terrace Reserved section will be covered and the same for the Upper Deck reserved. The temperatures at Wrigley Field are typically about 10 degrees cooler than further inland due to its proximity to Lake Michigan. If you are going to be in a covered section on a cool day, it is a good idea to bring an extra layer, just in case.
Tougher tickets will include the home opener, games against the Cardinals and White Sox and any Saturday summer games.
To buy tickets from the Cubs click here. If the game is sold out or you would like to find better seats, search SeatGeek:
Pro TripTip: Catch an afternoon game at Wrigley Field during the Air and Water Show weekend. If the Cubs are in town, the jets and other planes will buzz Wrigley numerous times. The Friday game will be your best bet to see the action as the pilots make several practice runs throughout the afternoon. Look for seats along the third base side and avoid seats in the Terrace Reserved section as your view of the sky will be blocked by the upper deck overhang.
Unfortunately, the majority of the lodging close to Wrigley Field is not terribly desirable. The best plan for staying in Chicago to catch a Cubs game is to stay downtown or the River North area, near a Red Line train stop for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The Red Line will drop you off at the Addison Street stop, about a half a block east of the ballpark.
The hotel options in the city are vast and will likely offer prices for any budget. If you looking for the absolute cheapest place to stay within a block of the ballpark, the Wrigley Hostel is your best bet.
Keep in mind that Chicago is a busy convention and tourist destination and rooms at the best hotels fill up quickly for certain summer weekends. It pays to make your reservation as early as possible. You can search rooms below on Hotels.com with the search pre-loaded to show you how far the hotel is from a Red Line train station.
Getting to the Game
Unlike most modern ballparks, Wrigley Field is in the city and does not offer much in the way of official parking. The Cubs do offer some parking options but the majority of the lots are open only to season ticket holders or folks who have opted to prepay for parking at the time they bought their tickets from the box office.
If you are going to a day game, you might get lucky and find a spot on one of the nearby streets for free. This is always the best price! If you are going to a night game, do not plan to park on the street! Parking restrictions in the the surrounding neighborhood are strictly enforced and you might return to find your car has been towed. Look for these signs:
If you are planning to attend a night game or any other game where you would like the peace of mind of having a reserved parking spot check out ParkWhiz below to find the game and grab a spot.
Keep in mind that parking day-of-game around Wrigley Field can cost upwards of $100 and that all the folks you see holding signs for parking, may end up directing you 6 blocks away to a minuscule spot in an alley or where you get blocked in by other cars.
Where to Eat/Drink Before and After
The Wrigleyville area probably has more restaurants and bars than any other ballpark in the world. The most popular before and after a game include:
John Barleycorn, 3454 N. Clark St. – Another huge place, this is our pick for food before the game. It is also one of the few places that will serve you a draft beer in an actual glass. (Most other nearby places don’t trust their patrons and serve drafts in plastic cups.)
The Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St. – Located right across from the famous Wrigley Field marquee, the Cubby Bear is a huge, multi-level space perfect for drinking, dancing and sweating. It gets seriously packed. Insider tip: avoid the line at the main entrance and head west down Addison towards the Taco Bell. There is another entrance there.
Sluggers, 3540 N. Clark St. – This is the place to go if you are looking to work on your swing. Seriously, Sluggers has batting cages, and other games, on the second floor.
Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield Ave. – Located across the street from the bleachers, Murphy’s is your place to get a great view of the backside of the landmark scoreboard. They have a great outdoor patio so you can get some sun before game.
Irish Oak, 3511 N. Clark St. – This is a legit Irish bar with bartenders straight from the homeland. This is the place to go if you are looking for the best pint of Guinness in Wrigleyville.
Bernies, 3664 N. Clark St. – A Wrigleyville stalwart with a nice backyard beer garden.
Yak-Zies, 3710 N. Clark St. – The place to be for the home opener pregame concert sponsored by WXRT.
Casey Moran’s, 3660 N. Clark St. – Typical Irish-style bar with decent food and probably one of the coolest rooftop decks in the area.
Rockit, 3700 N. Clark St. – This is the place to go if you are looking for the best burger in the area. They also have a wide selection of craft brews.
Vines on Clark, 3554 N. Clark St., – Hands down, this place has the best outdoor beer garden in the Wrigley area.
Guthrie’s Tavern, 1300 W. Addison St. – This one is a bit off the beaten path, a few blocks west of Wrigley Field on Addison. If you are looking for craft brews, this is your place. They also maintain a large cabinet of board games that are free to play and offer complimentary pretzels and mustard.
Gingerman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St. – Great place if you are looking for a laid-back atmosphere and to play some pool.
Looking for cheap eats?
Bacci Pizzeria, 950 W. Addison St. – Bacci usually offers a gigantic slice of pizza and a pop for a bargain price.
El Burrito Mexicano, 936 W. Addison St., – A small, authentic Mexican joint where you can find awesome food and the best horchata in the area.
Taco Bell, 1111 W. Addison St. – Look for the giant Cubs hat on the sign out front.
McDonald’s, 3620 N. Clark St. – This one is on the endangered species list. The property will soon be a boutique hotel being built by the Rickett’s family as part of the huge Wrigley Field restoration project.
Wrigley Field Tours
The Cubs run tours only during the baseball season. If you are in town for a Cubs game, a game day tour is not going to include the clubhouses or dugout. If you can plan to book a tour for an off-day, it is highly recommended because you will get to see a lot more, including the tiny home clubhouse.
These tours sell out so be sure to get your tickets ahead of time.
Nearby Baseball Attractions
Baseball teams that play nearby: Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Kane County Cougars (A), Windy City Thunderbolts (Ind.), Schaumburg Boomers (Ind.), Joliet Slammers (Ind.) and Gary SouthShore RailCats (Ind.).
Also, the National American Sports Hall of Fame is located in Chicago.
Nearby Touristy Attractions
Chicago Pizza Tours, if you are looking to try a number of different styles of pizza that Chicago has to offer and have a great time along the way, check this out. The tour includes transportation by air-conditioned bus to the doorstep of 4 different pizza places. At each stop you will get to try the pizza and see the kitchen. Guide, Jon Porter, offers an informative and entertaining tour of the city that includes a bunch of pizza. What could be better?
Looking for something free to do with the kids? The Federal Bank of Chicago has a money museum where you can attempt to tell real money from fake, see some huge denomination bills that are no longer circulated and get your picture taken with a briefcase containing $1 million.
Chicago offers a number of museums, including: Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium.
There is also going to the top of the Willis Tower, shopping at Navy Pier or Water Tower Place and walking along the Lakefront.
Get Your Cubs Gear from New Era Cap Company
New Era is the official cap company of Major League Baseball and offers an unbelievable selection of baseball hats in a dizzying array of colors and styles. Check below to gear up for your next Cubs game:
Did you know that New Era will also allow you to design and order a fully customized Cubs hat, right down to the color of the stitching around those little vent holes on top of the cap?
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