Experience Wrigley Field
Upon planning my highly anticipated trip to the Windy City, I told the group I was traveling with that Wrigley Field is a must. While most of them preferred to just go see the stadium, I pushed to get tickets to a game and see where so many greats had once played. With four non-stop flights to Midway Airport and 4 seats at Wrigley Field in my possession the excitement was more than I could bare.
We landed in Chicago and checked in to our hotel before catching the CTA red line to the stadium. The character of Wrigley Field extends to it surrounding communities, I could just imagine what it must have been like 100 years ago when the stadium opened. It’s truly an inspiring way to enjoy 9 innings. While massive banners covered most of the entrance in celebration of Wrigley’s 100th b-day, it was still a sight to be seen and I recommend attending the stadium to everyone (whether you’re a Cubs fan or not).
Making our way to our seats (stopping only to get a Chicago style dog, which was fantastic) I began to explain the Cubs current position in the MLB and that we should not expect a great game as their opponent, the Baltimore Orioles, are one of the best in the AL. Turns out, the baseball Gods were on our side giving us a 4-1 win in favor of the Cubs and one of the best baseball experiences I have ever had. We settled for the cheapest seats we could find landing us in row 6 of section 516. I know everyone’s preference on seat location is different but I honestly don’t think you can find a bad seat at Wrigley. We had a great view of not only the game but the expanding metropolis known as Wrigleyville that surrounds the stadium. During the game I ventured off to confirm my suspicion of this “no bad seat” theory and left felling fairly satisfied that no matter where you sit, you’ve got the best seat in the house.
There are several bars and restaurants surrounding Wrigley Field and my only words of advice are don’t get stuck at just one. Soak in all that Wrigleyville has to offer and do a little bar hopping. That being said if you are looking to only stop once try out the Cubby Bear. It’s right across the street from the entrance of the stadium and had a great atmosphere that carries right into the venue. Sluggers, just right down Clark Street from The Cubby Bear, is another good stop that won’t take you to far from Wrigley Field.
While the Chicago Cubs will likely miss the playoffs this year there is still time to get out to Wrigley Field and get in on what I am sure will be your favorite stadium in the MLB. The Cubs have four more series at Wrigley Field against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, and St. Louis Cardinals before its lights out. If you can’t make it out in 2014, there is always next year so start planning!