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What to Eat In & Around Wrigley Field

October 20, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Chicago 0 Comments

Synonymous with baseball is BBQ and beer. For avid sports fans hungry for the season's excitement, Wrigley Field won't let you down. The expansive concourse is lined with dozens of different food vendors that will satisfy any craving. Here are some of the best food stops we've found in and around Wrigley Field. Hopefully something here will make the ball game all the more enjoyable for you and your friends.

Hot Dogs

Before you dig into the game, dive into a juicy hot dog -- but make sure it's Chicago style. Like all of Chicago's culinary traditions, this city favorite is piled with loads of toppings, like onions, relish and spices. Ask a Wrigley field usher and they will guide you towards the Italian beef specialty stand located along the third base line. If you're feeling extra daring, try the beef and sausage combo. It's sure to pack some heat.

Sandwiches & More

The stadium is known for its Wrigley Pig -- a pulled pork sandwich that tastes better than most pub versions. If you're in the mood for something other than pulled pork or polish sausage, surrounding the stadium is Wrigleyville. This city hub is well known for its various restaurants and entertainment venues. From upscale Italian to tangy Thai, Wrigleyville will get your appetite going for the big game.

Refreshments

No matter what you choose to eat inside the stadium, you have to wash it down with some Old Style beer, brewed by Wisconsin’s Pabst Brewing Company. For hardcore fans looking for some Cubs camaraderie, hitting up Bernie's Outdoor Beer Garden is a must. Players are even known to stop by this Wrigleyville joint after a game.

Pub Food

As the largest cafe in the stadium, the Captain Morgan Club offers an assortment of salads, burgers and other bar style food. It opens daily at 10 am even for fans without tickets. Goose Island, a brewery located about four doors down from the ballpark, is famous for its specialty beers and greasy fare. Fans can agree, Goose Island is "very Chicago", without being phony or fussy. Prepare for big crowds here after the game, so send Aunt Judy to save a table before the final stretch.

Pizza

Located right next to the Wrigley Field transit stop is Bacca Pizzeria. This place is perfect for ticket holders late to the game and need a quick bite before settling into the seats. Nothing too fancy, but oh-so enjoyable, Bacca's is a family-run chain that offers a jumbo slice of pizza plus a free soda for only $3.50.

It's A Home Run!

As every baseball lover knows, the ultimate ball-time experience includes the proper food assortment...even when you only want popcorn to toss into the air, or peanuts because you love the sound of crunchy shells beneath your shoes.

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