Wrigley Field is a stopping ground in Chicago for many travelers, but did you know that there’s something to do there whether there’s a Cubs game going on or not? Wrigley Field has been the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916, and there’s tons of things to do around here, from exploring the historical stadium to enjoying the party scene in the restaurants and bars that surround the field. No matter what time of year you’re here, Wrigley Field should probably be on your list of things to do in Chicago.
Take a Tour
When the Cubs are in their off season, you’re probably not going to see them around when you come to Chicago, but you can still head over to Wrigley Field and get a behind-the-scenes tour. The daily tours during the off-season are about and hour and a half long and take you around the stadium to see the seating bowl, press box, visitor’s clubhouse, Cubs’ clubhouse, dugout and even out on the field. It could be your only chance to get out and see all these things at Wrigley Field, so it’s well worth the $25 if you’re a sports fan or history buff.
Hit the Souvenir Shop
The new “Cubs Authentics” kiosk just inside the park at Clark and Addison streets is a must to commemorate your trip forever. Of course, they sell Cubs merchandise all over the city, so if you spent your last few dollars on a couple extra brews in the park, do not be deterred, you can fix that later! In this souvenir shop though, you can buy game-worn jerseys, team scorecards, bats, balls and even bases being that were used during the game you just attended that day! At one point, a base from a Cubs-Cardinals game earlier this season went for $200. If you don’t have that much to spare, there’s always a keychain…
Get a Glimpse of Batting Practive
If you’re at Wrigley on game day, sneak over to the extra batting cage, found under the right-field bleachers, and watch the players get ready to batter up before the game starts. Sit and enjoy a cold brew on a summers day at one of the tables and chairs that lets you enjoy this practice session with other fans and perhaps make a few friends as you critique.
Get a Little Rowdy
There’s always the chance to party on the Budweiser Patio at Wrigley Field. Get a group of friends together and watch the game with an all-inclusive food and beverage package. The Budweiser Patio is down the right-field line next to the bleachers, and this is a special spot that needs to be reserved, but when it is, you get to enjoy the best beer ever with your best friends ever (or whatever strangers you can round up.).
Grab a Bud, a Dog and Catch a Cub in Action
From the end of March through early October, you will find the Cubs in action at Wrigley Field. Friday games are the best, and they usually take place around 1pm. People miss work to come watch their Cubs and you can buy your tickets in advance online so that you’re not waiting in line while the game is starting. Sit back, relax, and enjoy America’s favorite past time! After the games, everyone moves the party to one of the nearby bars, and that’s even more fun than the game usually.
Wrigley Field is one of Chicago’s top attractions, and no matter what season it is, or what the weather’s like, there’s always a chance for you to get out and come do something here!
This article was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of ChicagoTraveler.com.