Written By: Jessie White
While Chicago has been made famous in countless ways, it cannot be denied that the beginning of the Chicago Cubs season is what makes this city’s pulse really begin thumpin’. Ever since the 2016 World Series victory, Wrigleyville has transformed into a hub of excitement in anticipation for a Cubs win with tons of fun for all ages available on home game days. With so much in Wrigley to explore, it’s important to know the tips and tricks for making sure you’re taking advantage of all that your gameday has to offer without leaving the city with an abused bank account. So without further ado, here our gameday hacks for the Cubs fan inside everyone.
Timing and Location is Everything
What we mean by this is: happy hour should be your new favorite hour. Bars and restaurants surrounding Wrigley Field are famous for adding cover charges and upping the prices for drinks on days when the Cubs play at home. Avoid places that seem like tourist traps with massive crowds (most Wrigley bars don’t charge cover) and instead check out some of the bars located on Sheffield Avenue or Clark Street slightly farther away from the field. It’s astounding what one block can mean for your bank account on Game Day!
Save Bucks by Watching in the Bleachers
Anyone that’s been to a Cubs game will know that one of the largest expenses on gameday can be the tickets themselves. Tickets for the games have a tendency to drop on the actual day of the game, so if you’re willing to gamble you may want to wait till you get to Wrigley Field to purchase your tickets. If you’re not one to risk it, you can also save money by checking out one of the rooftops surrounding the field and purchasing a rooftop bleacher ticket!
Wrigley Rooftops is a group of bars and restaurants that transform their rooftops on gamedays, allowing even more Cubs fan to get in on the action. Check out ticket prices.
Enjoy Wrigleyville the Gallagher Way
Whether you are in Wrigleyville to enjoy the Cubs game or to be a part of the excitement surrounding the field, if you’re looking for a way to enjoy Wrigleyville without paying an arm and a leg, we encourage you to hang out in Wrigley Field’s very own backyard: Gallagher Way. With gameday activities, food and drink vendors, and a jumbotron playing the game occurring beyond the gates, you’ll be able to get in on all of the excitement of the Chicago Cubs just steps from where they’re playing!
Where to Stay?
The Majestic Hotel
Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, accessible via Red Line train
The Willows Hotel
Located at the edge of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, accessible via Brown Line train
The City Suites Hotel
In the heart of Boystown, accessible by the Red Line.