No matter how annoying you may or may not find the Chicago Cubs, you have to admit that Wrigley Field is something of a pilgrimage for baseball fans. There's a reason its old-school aesthetic has remained unchanged for so long; Baseball is a sport steeped in history and Wrigley's ivy-covered outfield walls, live organ music, and hand-turned scoreboard are revered traditions.
“Home of the Chicago Cubs”
Wrigley Field is a baseball venue located in Chicago, Illinois, United States that has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. It was built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales. It was called Cubs Park between 1920 and 1926 before being renamed for then Cubs team owner and chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley, Jr.. Between 1921 and 1970, it was also the home of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. It hosted the second annual National Hockey League Winter Classic on January 1, 2009 Wrigley Field, which was built in 1914, will be playing host to Major League Baseball for the 97th season in 2010 - and to the Cubs for the 95th year. Wrigley Field is the second-oldest ballpark in the majors behind Boston's Fenway Park (1912). The Friendly Confines has been the site of such historic moments as: Babe Ruth's "called shot," when Ruth allegedly pointed to a bleacher location during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series ... Ruth then hit Charlie Root's next pitch for a homer. Gabby Hartnett's famous "Homer in the Gloamin' " September 28, 1938, vs. Pittsburgh's Mace Brown. The great May 2, 1917, pitching duel between Jim "Hippo" Vaughn and the Reds' Fred Toney ... both Vaughn and Toney threw no-hitters for 9.0 innings before Cincinnati's Jim Thorpe (of Olympic fame) drove in the only run in the 10th inning ... Toney finished with a no-hitter. Ernie Banks' 500th career home run May 12, 1970, vs. Atlanta's Pat Jarvis. Pete Rose's 4,191st career hit, which tied him with Ty Cobb for the most hits in baseball history ... Rose singled off Reggie Patterson September 8, 1985. Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout affair in 1998. Sammy Sosa's 60th home runs in 1998, 1999 and 2001. The 1947, 1962 and 1990 All-Star Games.
As a lifelong White Sox Fan I'll forever hate the Cubs, but Wrigley Field is such a special place you have to love it. Wrigley is old and beautiful and maybe outdated (if you count troughs in place of urinals as outdated), but it's a memorial to a different era of baseball in America and has just so much tradition you can feel it.
Games will be expensive no matter how bad the Cubs are playing, but you can bet that the Old Style will always be cold. Try to sit as close to the field as possible no matter where your seats are so that your view isn't obstructed by a steel pole (except for the outfield seats). It's also cool to dig the Wrigleyville neighborhood that's so integrated with the stadium, but be warned that the area is positively teeming with bros at all hours of the day.
An old and outdated park, but it is full of history. Even if there isn't a game, it's worth it just to walk around it to see all the plaques and statues. The whole neighborhood (known as Wrigleyville) is always buzzing before, during, and after a Cubs game.
The Cubs are terrible and an embarrassment to the city of Chicago, but their stadium is pretty cool. Ivy on the walls: dope. Only organ music: doper. Random celebrities singing the 7th inning stretch: the dopest. The major drawbacks are the fans are drunks, the stadium itself needs some upgrades, and well the home-team... they are the worst.
Traffic is a nightmare and parking can cost over $40. Take the train into the game. There's really no good hotels in the immediate area either, or any fun attractions nearby that you can walk to. Don't forget sunscreen if you're in bleacher seats.
Oh jeeze, overrated in every way. See a game here. That's all you need. Only go if a team you like is playing. I suggest getting friends together and doing a rooftop instead! Wrigleyville is somewhat touristy, but it's still a pretty good time. Another one of those places you have to visit to say you've been there, but you learn it's a pain in the ass to watch a game here. DO A ROOFTOP!
Honestly, I think it's overrated. Say what you want about the history, but since there's no Jumbotron and only an organ, it's more boring than your average baseball game. And don't even think about wearing the opposing team's colors...Cubs fans are MEAN.
Better than I imagined.
Great quick stop for photos. We were there when they were playing the White Sox so the vibes of the fans was great.
Wrigley is an absolutely beautiful baseball park with such a romantic feel, old school feel. The people were beyond nice and we had a great time enjoying a game with some friends. Highly recommend and would absolutely go again.
Awesome. Loved seeing such an iconic baseball field.
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