Neighborhood Highlight: Wrigleyville’s Not Just for Cubs Fans
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Wrigleyville is known as the home of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team. While much of the Northside is crazy about the Cubbies, there’s a lot more to this area than just batting and running bases. Here’s an introduction to the unique neighborhood to help you decide if it’ll be your next Chicago home.
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Wrigleyville History and Real EstateToday, Wrigleyville runs from Byron St. to Roscoe St., Ashland Ave. to Halsted St. This Lakeview sub-neighborhood sprung up around Wrigley Field which was built in 1914 to host the Chicago Whales Federal League team. The group disbanded just two years later, and stadium owner Charles Weeghman brought in the Cubs from their original West Side home.
Today, the field is the second-oldest stadium still in use in the nation. Residents began moving into the area in the early 1900s to enjoy the proximity to the field and excellent transportation to downtown via the L train.
Wrigleyville residents range from college students renting three-flats with roommates to young professionals in single-family homes. The area features classic three-story brick buildings and newer, modern condos with roof decks complete with views of the Cubs scoreboard. Residents often commute via the CTA on the red and brown lines or the 22 Clark bus.
Local Food and Drink HotspotsIf you’re looking for hearty Thai food head to Cozy Noodle & Rice at 3456 N. Sheffield. This neighborhood staple serves lunch and dinner daily with entrees like fried rice, ginger stirfry and cashew chicken. Try the green curry with jalapenos, bamboo shoots, green peas and carrots. Include a side order of sticky rice to make your meal last through leftovers, and dig into the lychee over ice to cleanse your pallet from the delicious Thai spices.
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville offers next-level nachos with brisket - a new take on this ballpark favorite. This location on 3636 N Clark St. opens at 10 a.m. for all home cubs games. Try the chicken and ribs platter or enjoy a Taste of the Daddy - a choice of ribs and two smoked meats (pork, burnt ends, chicken or brisket). Add some sweet potato fries and Granny R’s Banana Puddin’ for a well-balanced meal.
Murphy’s Bleachers is a sports bar located on the Northeast side of the stadium at 3655 N. Sheffield. This local establishment has been around since the 1930s, and has hosted many politicians, players and celebrities over the years. If you want to grab some brews in a historical restaurant you’ve found the perfect place! They serve pizza, quesadillas, chicken wings and a famous ½ pound burger along with drinks like Lagunitas I.P.A. and Revolution Seasonal selections.
Those looking to feed hungry little ones and adventurous eaters should head to Dimo’s Pizza at 3463 N. Clark St. This quasi-Italian spot doesn’t do classic - they innovate new ‘za every week, offering fun takes on favorite pies with creative names. The menu changes constantly, but past offerings have included The Philly (brisket, cheese sauce, caramelized onions and mozzarella) and the CPA (asiago cheese, fried chicken, penne noodles and butter).
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Kid-friendly EntertainmentKids of all ages are sure to enjoy Gallagher Way. This park located directly next to the stadium is the perfect place to take a break on the grassy lawn. The space hosts game-day events and off-season gatherings like farmer’s markets, free live music and outdoor movies. The park is lined with restaurants, so you can grab a bite to eat before finding a spot to sit. Don’t forget to check out the Cub’s 2016 World Series Trophy which is on display here periodically.
There’s no better way to get in touch with your inner child than eating a Chicago dog while watching the Cubs play at Wrigley Field. Batting practice ends 45 minutes before home games, and kids younger than 12 can often get autographs at the Magellen Kids Corral in Section 12. Bring
Make Wrigleyville Your HomeWhen you’re ready to enjoy the murmur of Cubs games from your Wrigleyville home, contact the talented KlopasStratton team. They’ll help you find a rental with a backyard for the pup and proximity to local bars or a townhome with a big master bedroom and ample natural light.