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5 Things to do at Chicago’s Wrigley Field

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.

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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.).

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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.

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Chicago: Not Just Pizza and Sports

Chicago offers many attractions to tourists and residents. It’s one of the most eclectic and vibrant cities in America, but doesn’t get the over-saturation of a New York or Los Angeles. That’s precisely why locals say they’ll never leave and why tourists fall in love. Here are just a few of the attractions that make Chicago such a great destination:

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1. Reggie’s Rock Club and Record Breaks

Over here, you’ll find one of the biggest record collections (new and old). Old issues of magazines, which you thought didn’t exist anymore, are also available in the reading room. It serves as a concert venue and a nightclub as well. It’s also an ideal place to witness live acts.

After visiting Reggie’s you’ll be so inspired to create music you might consider taking up the guitar yourself. If you do, you’re in luck because the Windy City is the hometown of many famous musicians, including Billy Corgan, and Chicago guitar lessons are available for all skill levels and ages.

2. Lincoln Park zoo 

Many claim that the Lincoln zoo is among the city’s beloved treasures. A wide range of animals are found here, and they reside in their natural habitats. If you’re accompanying your children, you can check out the demonstrations of the zoo animals and their ecosystems at the Conversation station. There’s no entry fee for admission.

3. Second City

After the day has ended, you may consider visiting the original Second City located at the west of History Museum of Chicago. It’s a comedy club that’s larger than life and the home-base where many popular comedians started their careers. Some of the names include Steve Carell, Bill Murray and Tina Fey. This is the perfect place to visit if you’re planning to spend the rest of the day laughing, or just soaking up an iconic pop culture venue.

4. Judy Istock Butterfly Heaven

Judy Istock Butterfly Heaven is located inside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. There’s a $9 admission fee, but it’s worth it, especially if you have kids along. There’s a big beautiful room of natural galleries, with waterfall, benches and windows. The butterflies are large in number, and have the ability to camouflage themselves. There are 80 different species of butterflies at a single time.

5. The Magnificent Mile

Are you a shop-aholic? Head over to the Magnificent Mile. Here you’re going to find all big stores such as Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue. Apart from an amazing shopping experience, there’s a collection of buildings down the street. Several food shops and hotels are located as well.

6. Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy

In this academy live fires are created by instructors as a part of cadet’s training. There are photos of historical fires, which provide a brief historical overview. The hallway you’re going to visit is only seen once by the actual academy candidates, and they are not allowed there until graduation. It’s an honor for you. You also have the option to take the guided tour for a bit more historical information.

Apart from all these attractions, the city is also the home to the Chicago Academy of Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago and several other amazing museums. Take advantage of all these attractions, and have a great time in Chicago.

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