Wrigleyville

Of course, the ultimate pastime in Wrigleyville is baseball. Home games sell out early, but there are usually tickets available online for fans who want to watch the action in person. The stadium is the second oldest in the country and is fondly referred to as “The Friendly Confines.” It still has a manual scoreboard, which has been there since the 1930s. You can actually see a guy changing the numbers as plays are made!

Also unique to Wrigley Field are the rooftop bleachers perched on buildings next to the stadium. Several brick walk-ups on North Sheffield and West Waveland avenues had seats installed on their roofs to provide additional game-watching vantage points. Most of the rooftops have full ballpark amenities, such as hotdog stands, beer vendors, and restrooms, and actually offer great views of the field. The rooftops are operated separately from Wrigley Field and can be booked through the individual owners (contact info is available online with a quick search for “Wrigley Field Rooftop Seats”).

On any given game day, the pubs in Wrigleyville are packed. From well before the first pitch until long after the last out, Chicago Cubs devotees band together at the local watering holes to drink a few beers and root for the home team. Some of the most popular hangouts are the Cubby Bear Lounge, Harry Caray’s Tavern, Murphy’s Bleachers and Goose Island Brewery. They’re all within a block of Wrigley Field and are fittingly decorated with all sorts of Cubs paraphernalia.

Cubby Bear is considered by many as THE go-to for post-game revelry. It has six bars (five full-service and one beer-only) and a number of stages where DJs spin tunes and bands play late into the night. No matter where you go, get there early because Wrigleyville bars are without a doubt Chicago’s most sought-after spots for watching Cubs games. Parking in Wrigleyville during games is virtually non-existent and the roads get pretty backed up from traffic. So leave the car at home and forgo the taxi ride to save time and money. The Red Line L train has a stop right across the street from the stadium. The platform gets pretty congested right after the game lets out, but for the most part, it’s the most efficient mode of transportation for those traveling to and from the neighborhood.

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