History buffs and baseball fanatics flock to one of the most beloved stadiums in the nation
Baseball is a way of life in Chicago. The city has two Major League Baseball teams—the Cubs and the White Sox—and loyalties are typically split by geography. The North Side belongs to the Cubs, the South Side to the Sox. For Cubs fans, Wrigley Field is Mecca. The historic stadium opened in 1914 and recently underwent several major renovations to preserve iconic features such as the ivy-covered brick outfield walls and the hand-operated scoreboard. Adding to Wrigley’s storied history was the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory—the team’s first in 71 years, breaking what was long known as “The Curse of the Billy Goat.” (It’s a long story.) Wrigley hosts a multitude of events beyond baseball, but really, it’s all about the Cubbies here and at the dozens of bars, restaurants and shops located around the stadium—collectively known as Wrigleyville. Plan to spend a couple hours in Wrigleyville before or after a game to get the full effect. Most of the neighborhood’s restaurants and bars are dedicated to local delicacies like Chicago dogs, deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, garlic fries and, of course, beer.
- A couple blocks east of Wrigleyville is Boystown, home to one of the most vibrant LGBT communities in the world. Despite its relatively small size, the neighborhood has several theaters, comedy clubs and galleries, as well as plenty of bars and restaurants.
If You Go
1060 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
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Wrigley Field offers daily behind-the-scenes tours of the iconic stadium. Tours last 75 to 90 minutes, span about a mile of walking, cost $25 and take place rain or shine. For ticketing and scheduling information, visit Wrigley Field's website.
Take Red and Purple train lines to the Addison stop. (Tip: Purple Line runs express to Addison on game nights.) Bus lines 8, 22 and 152.
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Where to stay
Known for its incredible design by famed architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, the hotel is positioned in the heart of downtown Chicago and is just minutes from the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and Millennium Park. The hotel’s amenities include spa services, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a rooftop outdoor pool, and a manicured lifestyle garden.
Only 20 minutes from O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Radisson Hotel Schaumburg is a great location for either leisure or business travels. The hotel offers a shuttle, fitness center, on-site restaurant and bar, and meeting facilities.
There are many Country Inn & Suites surrounding the Chicago area, ensuring that you can choose the exact location that is right for you. Enjoy complimentary hot breakfast, free high-speed internet, shuttle service, an indoor pool, and a fitness center.