As one of only a few US cities with two MLB teams, Chicago and it's baseball diehards divide their loyalties between the Chicago Cubs on the North Side and the White Sox on the South Side.
For Chicagoans, baseball is more than just entertainment — it's a way of life. And for Cubs fans, following their team to a World Series win (it's been over 100 years) has been a long road, but the faithful remain ever optimistic.
CUBS TICKETS & SCHEDULE
Sitting under the sun and taking in a day game is a tradition in itself, while night games bring an energy all their own. With a regular season that kicks off with Opening Day usually in April and continues through September, you have plenty of chances to cheer on the home team. Check out our Events Calendar to see if the Cubs are at Wrigley while you're in town or get the full schedule at cubs.com.
Individual game tickets are available online at cubs.com/tickets and can also be purchased at the stadium box office or by phone (773) 404-CUBS (1-773-404-2827). Ticket prices start as low as $9 and go up to over $100 depending on seat location and value tier.
What's the hottest ticket in town? No doubt it's the Crosstown Classic. When the Chicago Cubs go against the Sox for some interleague action, it isn't just another baseball series. It's a chance for the rivals to go head-to-head and secure the ultimate hometown bragging rights for the year.
Situated in the middle of the restaurants, bars and homes of the Wrigleyville community in Lakeview is legendary Wrigley Field, the second-oldest Major League Baseball stadium in the country. It's a mecca for baseball lovers and true-blue Cubbie followers who visit from around the world.
In 2014, Wrigley celebrated its 100th birthday and the the ballpark partied like it was 1914 all season long. In 2015, the long-awaited expansion and restoration of Wrigley Field began in the off-season. Titled the 1060 Project, it will ensure the viability of Wrigley Field for future generations, while preserving the beauty, charm and historic features fans have come to know and love. Enhancements and additions will be made over the next few years to bleacher seating, video boards, home and visiting clubhouses, concessions, concourses and more.
*For visiting fans, note that construction in and around the ballpark is underway and can affect parking, traffic, navigation, etc. Visit wrigleyfield.com for updates.
GAME DAY EXPERIENCE
Very few venues in the world of professional sports offer the incredible experience of Wrigley Field. Inside the "Friendly Confines," you'll be greeted by a stunning space adorned with ivy-covered brick walls and a historic scoreboard still updated by hand.
There's nothing like the crunch of peanut shells under your shoes, the taste of a Vienna beef hot dog and the echoes of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" sung during the seventh inning stretch — the legacy of Cubs announcer Harry Caray is honored with a celebrity performance of the song. Fans of all ages fill the stadium and the time-honored tradition of attending a Cubs game is something to be cherished. If it's a child's first game, a trip to the First Timers Booth on the right field concourse will land you a certificate to mark the occasion.
Make sure to walk around the outside of the ballpark as well for statues of some of the great players in Cubs history, including Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Ron Santo. And if you're lucky, you might get a chance to take a picture with Banks or Williams in person. They're known to be at many home games.
Watch the game with the die-hard fans in the bleachers for a truly authentic Chicago experience. This lively section offers sweeping views of the stadium and gives you the chance to soak up the sun while following the game. Get there early though — seats are unassigned.
For the ultimate behind-the-scenes fan outing, take the official Wrigley Field Tour. Walk the grounds, visit the press box and get a chance to step onto the field and clubhouses. Tours are conducted daily and will leave you with even more appreciation for the nearly 100 years of history behind the stadium walls.
Surrounding Wrigley Field, several rooftop buildings have created special outdoor terrace seats for your viewing pleasure. These establishments partner with the Cubs and are managed by private companies, such as Wrigleyville Rooftops and Skybox on Sheffield, A great option for groups and individuals, the inclusive food and drink packages include tickets to their roofdeck level seating and great views from across Waveland and Sheffield Avenues.
The Wrigleyville neighborhood comes alive on game day and gives off an absolutely contagious energy — a fever pitch — to which no one is immune. For hours before and after the game, the streets, particularly at the intersection of Clark and Addison Street, are teeming with baseball fans filling up on food, drinks and festivities. Within walking distance of the stadium, dozens of restaurant and bar options include favorites such as Sports Corner and Rockit Burger Bar so make sure you leave time to explore this iconic Chicago neighborhood.
GETTING TO THE GAME
For the cheapest and most convenient way to get to Wrigley, Cubs fans are strongly encouraged to use public transportation for games. The CTA Red Line provides direct service right to the stadium by train via the accessible station at the Addison stop. Fans can transfer to Red Line trains from all other rail lines and from most east-west bus routes as well. Plan your trip ahead of time with transportation and parking information and directions.
See the schedule of games on the Events Calendar and get the inside scoop on Chicago sports on our blog Chicago Like a Local.