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Culture and the Cubs in Wrigleyville

Wrigley Field, architecture, art and more in a great Chicago neighborhood
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Wrigleyville is the neighborhood around the "friendly confines" of Wrigley Field, home of the hapless Chicago Cubs. This... more »

Tips:  Parking is difficult in this crowded city neighborhood—and nearly impossible to find on game days—so consider taking public... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Addison Red Line stop

This stop is right behind Wrigley Field, which you can see from the elevated train. No matter which direction you are coming from, expect a festive atmosphere on your train ride on game days as you'll be accompanied by many happy Cubs fans. (Don't worry about missing your stop—just follow all the fans sporting their Cubs gear.)

At the train... More

Welcome to “the friendly confines of Wrigley Field,” home of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team and the oldest ballpark in the National League.

Built in 1914, it was originally named Weeghman Park and served as home for the Chicago Whales of the Federal League. The Federal League lasted just two years (the Whales won the championship in ... More

Wrigley Field is located at the intersection of Clark and Addison and it’s a busy corner, especially at night.

Clark Street is home to scads of great eateries and bars, mostly on the strip south of the park, but more are scattered throughout the adjoining neighborhood.

The Cubby Bear is the mother ship of the strip. Established in 1953, it’s... More

4. Alta Vista Terrace

Turn left out of the Cubby Bear, cross Addison, then cross Clark Street to Seminary. Walk two blocks north to Grace Street. Turn right to Alta Vista Terrace.

This historic district features a distinctive collection of row houses built on a decidedly European scale—each lot is about 24 feet wide and 40 feet deep. Built in 1904 by Samuel Gross, the... More

A trip to Wrigleyville would not be complete without a visit to the Uncommon Ground Coffee House. Located two blocks north of the ballpark, this venerable establishment has been a staple of the Chicago counter-cultural scene since 1991.

Drop in for coffee or something stronger and browse the gallery, which features an ever-changing collection of... More

As you walk south on Clark back to the Addison Red Line, you'll pass many bars and restaurants. Anchoring the activity on most nights are rock acts old and new playing at Metro Chicago.

Metro, its companion dance club, the Smart Bar, and its store, have been hosting music—mostly punk and edgy rock—since 1982.

The Smart Bar is strictly 21 and... More

7. Raven Theatre, Black and Blue

Enjoy the rivalry between the North side Cubs and the South side Sox, by heading up to Raven Theatre, where the gifted, award-winning ensemble is staging BLACK AND BLUE. It's a bit of a trek but worth it. Just hop on the Clark Street Bus and head North. Sports fans and agnostics will enjoy it.

It's playing through Sunday, July 28, 2013

BLACK... More