Bridgeport Neighborhood Guide
South Side Chicago baseball fans frequent Bridgeport to see their team play home games at U.S. Cellular Field. Located on the eastern edge of the neighborhood, the stadium was built to replace Old Comiskey Park in 1991. The state-of-the-art ballpark was dubbed New Comiskey Park at first, but was later renamed in the beginning of 2003. Many still refer to it as New Comiskey, but no matter what you call it, the spot remains Bridgeport’s most-visited attraction. In honor of its predecessor, U.S. Cellular has a few old timey features, such as the giant pinwheel sparklers above the scoreboard, which light up when the White Sox hit a home run. The stadium seats over 40,000 and it’s designed so there are no obstructed views (which can’t be said for its rival MLB ballpark to the north – i.e. Wrigley Field).
When the neighborhood isn’t buzzing with baseball, it is a relatively quiet community with strong industrial roots and a one of the most ethnically diverse populations in Chicago. A number of famous politicians and athletes have come out of Bridgeport, including the Daley family (both the current mayor and previous). Just north of the White Sox stadium grounds is Armour Square Park, a popular recreation spot for Bridgeport residents. The 100-year-old park has been updated with modern sporting facilities and community programs for participants of all ages. In addition to the usual softball fields, basketball and tennis courts, Armour Square boasts a swimming pool, kiddie spraypool, indoor gym and fitness center.
Outside the sporting venues and park sites, Bridgeport has developed a healthy business district that has shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Restaurants in Bridgeport offer a fairly good range of cuisine, from classic American diner fare to traditional Lithuanian dishes. Healthy Food Lithuanian Cuisine is a Bridgeport fixture that has gained citywide recognition over the years. Every meal is made from scratch and the cooks steer clear of unnatural ingredients like preservatives and additives. A few menu favorites are Kugelis (potato pudding), Blynai (pancakes) and Koldunai (boiled meat dumplings), and for dessert there is fruit-topped Lithuanian yogurt with an optional fresh egg.
Less adventurous eaters will like Bridgeport’s selection of burger and hot dog joints, family restaurants, and bar and grills. Maxwell Street Depot is a small sandwich shop near Armour Square Park where every meal is made to-go. There’s no dining area, just a counter to place your order, which is limited to four items: Polish sausage, pork chop sandwich, hot dog or hamburger. Kevin’s Hamburger Heaven is a greasy spoon that looks a little worse for wear, but there’s definitely nothing wrong with their food. Patties piled high with fresh tomato, lettuce and onion are prepared with a secret seasoning that is sure to send your taste buds over the moon. Bridgeport also has a bunch of cafés and coffeehouses for early morning pick-me-ups and enough Italian restaurants and pizza places to keep cravings for pasta or a slice at bay.
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