How to do life like a local in Wrigleyville

Formerly a working-class neighborhood, Wrigleyville has since become a regular attraction thanks to Wrigley Field and a boisterous nightlife crowd. Catching a Cubs game is an all day event, and we’ve outlined your before, during and after itinerary. But first, check out Wrigleyville and other North Side Chicago neighborhoods from a drone’s eye view.

Before first pitch
Horizon Cafe photo by @tiffanycgardner

Horizon Cafe
photo by @tiffanycgardner


Brunch
Whether it’s the custom signature pancakes at Horizon Cafe or the Southern Screwdrivers and Beermosas at the South Port Grocery Cafe, brunch in and around Wrigleyville is a must-do before the Cubs play ball. And don’t miss an opportunity to patio dine once summer rolls around.

During the game

Wrigley Rooftops

Wrigley Rooftops

Wrigley Rooftops
Lining the outskirts of Wrigley Field, the Wrigley Rooftops are a series of residential buildings with bleachers and stadium seating built on their roofs, used to watch games at the baseball field. After years of legal battles with the Chicago Cubs, most of the rooftops are now owned by the Cubs and charge admission rivaling that of the cost to get into to the game itself. Still, catching a game on a Wrigleyville roof is rooted in Chicago history.

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field (duh)
While the view and experience on a Wrigley Rooftop may be a unique one, nothing matches the allure of catching a Cubs game at home. Built in 1914, then-Weeghman Park, home to the now-defunct Chicago Whales (yeah we’re not sure who came up with that one) Wrigley Field is the only remaining Federal League ballpark. Sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and enjoy a Chicago dog at this historic ballpark.

After the 9th inning

The Cubby Bear

The Cubby Bear


Bars
After a Cubs’ W (or loss), you can find yourself at one of the great bars surrounding Wrigley Field. Plush seats and an open-air ambiance makes Casey Moran‘s a local go-to. Fans can also be found wandering into The Cubby Bear and Sports Corner and staying until 4 a.m.


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