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The perfect day out with the Cubs

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The perfect day out with the Cubs

We are travelling to Chicago in July to see the Cubs play an afternoon game against the Cardinals. What, in your opinion, would be the quintessential game day itinerary? Food, drink, etc, all suggestions welcome. This is on my husband's 'bucket list', watching the Cubs play in Wrigley field. Many thanks!!

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1. Re: The perfect day out with the Cubs

It kind of depends what you enjoy. I can tell you the food inside Wrigley is not great. If it's a typical 1:20 start, I'd suggest getting there early and eating somewhere outside the park for lunch, even if it's just a small hot dog stand. Have some time to walk around the park. Inside the park, under the stands, is actually pretty cramped. There's not a lot to walk around and see inside the stadium, other than the field and game of course, like at a lot of newer parks. If you're in the upper deck, it's interesting to walk onto the deck behind the food stand behind home plate where you have a view over the neighborhood.

Lots of tourists like to take photos behind the center field bleacher entrance where the Harry Caray statue is and also in front of the main Clark/Addision entrance by the Wrigley marquee. After the game, probably the quintessential thing is to hand around at one of the bars by the stadium for a couple drinks. There's one right behind center and several up and down Clark.

There's also lots of baseball souvenier and memorabilia stores on Clark and Addison. It might be fun to browse through some of them if you or your husband like that sort of thing.

Lakeview has a lot of good restaurants as well if you want to stick around long enough to have dinner.

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Thanks! We saw the Cubs play at Fenway a couple years ago, and were really surprised that it was an all day event. The game started at 8:00, but I think people showed up early afternoon! Any restaurants you'd recommend on Lakeview? Craft beer & casual food would be great.

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3. Re: The perfect day out with the Cubs

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http://www.deleece.com/

http://www.pizzeriaserio.com/

http://www.barnandcompany.com/

http://www.urbanburgerbar.com/

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4. Re: The perfect day out with the Cubs

First of all, you have made a great decision to attend a Cubs/ Cardinals game! This is a fun rivalry, even if the Cubs haven't had quite the same success as the Cardinals. My advice to you is to choose a side to support during the game and wear the colors proudly (blue for Cubs or red for Cardinals). Since the game will be at Wrigley, you'll probably want to opt for blue. The game will be much more enjoyable if you can participate in the revelry that accompanies the rivalry.

When preparing for the day of the game, I would advise that you consider traveling via Red Line train. You will be accompanied by trains full of baseball fans, and there's nothing quite like stepping onto the train platform and seeing Wrigley before you in all of its historic glory.

If you are interested in a souvenir baseball, you could consider arriving early to "hawk" balls on Waveland or Sheffield. During batting practice, the heavy hitters routinely smack balls out of the park and onto the street. Kids and kids-at-heart alike line the streets in anticipation of a ball hit their way. A glove would certainly help in this pursuit, but it is not entirely necessary if you don't mind the sting of hard leather on your hands. You'll want to check the weather forecast before you go; batting practice is often cancelled in rainy times.

When you get in the park, you should walk around the main concourse before heading to your seats. If your seats are in the upper deck, you should try to access the lower deck behind home plate before the game starts. The ushers will sometimes try to prevent you from accessing the lower seating sections if you don't have a ticket for these seats. If you keep trying via different entrances, you should eventually be able to reach your goal. I have found that it's useful to walk as if you know exactly where you are going, as they are less likely to stop you.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to stick around when the game starts (the ushers will get really aggressive at this point), but it's worth the effort to just walk around and see the field from up close. The sooner you go, the likelier it is that you can reach this level without harassment. If none of the above works, you could also consider just talking to an usher and asking nicely for them to let you have a quick glance at the field. It usually won't work, but sometimes you'll find a person with a heart.

I should mention that all of the last two paragraphs goes out the window if you have bleacher seats. The bleachers are completely separate from the rest of the park, and it is not possible to access the main concourse from the bleachers.

As others have suggested, you should certainly stick around after the game and head to a restaurant near the park. If you did take the train, you won't want to fight the crowds at the end of the game anyway, so you might as well enjoy some post-game food and drink.

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5. Re: The perfect day out with the Cubs

Lakeview has a lot of restaurants. Deleece is good.

This is my favorite craft beer type place, but it's about a 15 minute cab or bus ride north of the park in Andersonville.

http://hopleaf.com/

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6. Re: The perfect day out with the Cubs

If you buy a bleacher ticket, you can access all seating areas of the ballpark. You can't get to the bleachers if you buy a ticket for non-bleacher sections.

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7. Re: The perfect day out with the Cubs

Pre game at Murphy's bleachers, nothing better

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8. Re: The perfect day out with the Cubs

The perfect game day itinerary for a Cubs game starts and ends with a White Sox game

:)

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9. Re: The perfect day out with the Cubs

If you have time they do offer tours of Wrigley. Starting last year they had these on gamedays even. It cost $25.

…mlb.com/chc/ballpark/tours/index.jsp…

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10. Re: The perfect day out with the Cubs

Craft beer restaurant is Goose Island which is Chicagos first craft beer andnow sold all over. Great food too. Its a 3 minute walk down Clark south of the main Wrigly sign.