MLB - Chicago Cubs, Chicago
On our last visit to Chicago, we decided to take in a Cubs game because LJ had never been to a professional baseball game. Knock another thing off the bucket list!!! Was a wonderful day with lots of sun and a cool breeze. Sets were perfect and all has a great time.
If you're a baseball fan you don't need much convincing about this: If you're in Chicago during the summer, go see the Cubs play a day game at Wrigley Field. The last ballpark to install nighttime lighting, most home Cubs games are still played during the day. Despite that, the Cubs fans still turn out in droves for them; buy your tickets ahead of time.
We attended a Cubs vs. AZ Diamondbacks game. Being AZ natives we wore our D'backs jerseys. We did receive some good natured ribbing, but we had just as many Chicago fans welcome us to their town and ballpark. And one neat souvenir that the Cubs offer is a free certificate commemorating your first visit to Wrigley.
The Wrigley Field is a classic. One of the few original baseball fields remaining. Love the green vines on the walls.
Wrigley Field area has so much to do ... if you enjoy happy crowds with a friendly buzz.
Yes, the Cubbie fans have a joyous attitude even when they're team record's challenging. It is all about baseball. Even those not into the game can get caught unto the Major League Baseball spirit. These Cub fans have wonderful winning spirit. Yes, winning spirit. They always have that upside hope for another day.
The bar scene draws in those who do and don't care about baseball. Walk across to the Cubbie Bear.
Equipment: Spring, Summer, or Fall make certain that you bring some sort of head cover! Why? It is either:
- too hot!
- too rainy!
- too windy! or
- too cold!
Grab a hat anytime.
Bring a jack especially during the Spring and Fall.
Wrigley Field, which was built in 1914, was originally known as Weeghman Park. It was built on the grounds once occupied by a seminary. The Wrigley Field bleachers and scoreboard were constructed in 1937 when the outfield area was renovated to provide improved and expanded seating ... the original scoreboard remains intact. Lights were added in 1988.
Wrigley Field 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.
Equipment: Be sure to wear your sunscreen, especially if you are out in the bleachers. If you are going in April or May, you may want to bring a warm jacket and/or a blanket.
Ahhh Wrigley Field, the world famous baseball stadium, home of the famed Chicago Cubs and is one of the major attractions to chicago so I must go there too. going to the wrigley field is a labor of love for tourists in Chicago as it is far from the downtown area at about a 30 minute drive to local roads if there is no traffic and is a good thing that I have friends in the area. Located in the community area of Lakeview, Wrigley Field sits on an irregular block bounded by Clark (west) and Addison (south) Streets and Waveland (north) and Sheffield (east) Avenues. The area surrounding the ballpark contains residential streets, in addition to bars, restaurants and other establishments and is called Wrigleyville and the area become packed with fans and the bars and restaurants are crammed with Cubs fans.
Equipment: Although Wrigley Field has been the home of the Cubs since 1916, it has yet to see the Cubs win a World Series, even though it has hosted several (1923, 1936, 1938, and 1945, the last time the Cubs appeared in a World Series), the last World Series win by the Cubs (1908) happened while the Cubs called West Side Park home, I hope they win one like what our San Francisco Giants did now in 2010 and what the Crosstown rivals the White Sox did in 2005!
Chicago is a sports town! Almost everyone has a favorite team and wears their colors proudly. In Baseball, it's either the Chicago Cubs or the Chicago White Sox. For me, it's the Chicago Cubs!!! Come to Wrigley Field. It's a great time!!!
Equipment: It could be cold, so bring layered clothing. Try to wear blue, white and red colors to support the Cubs!!!
May, 2010 enjoyed a perfect night game at Wrigley Field with some out of town employees. We had tickets for our private box (my first time) and 5th row box seats behind home plate. After enjoying the perks (food, drinks) of the private box, several of us moved down to the 5th row box seats behind home plate. The best place to see a baseball game. Good view of the pitches and batters.
Cubs won 3 - 0.
Ok the photo taken here is from 2000.. and these are founder box seats... in 2000 we paid $100 per seat....now in 2010 these seats are $350 each. If you have never been to Wrigley, then it's a must do for any baseball fan !!! Well worth the $$$ spent, the bars that surround the stadium are awesome... come on game day and you'll have a blast.... day games are quick to sell out... but no matter what this is a place that will make you spend money..... a crappy ticket runs about $50 to get into the game, a couple of beers inside and a couple of beers outside and next thing you know ... $100 day at the ball park.... but a must do for any baseball fan !!!!!
If you're a baseball fan, you just have to make a point of visiting Wrigley Field to see the Cubs. There is just something about this grand old ballpark that makes it feel like old time baseball. The ivy covered outfield walls and the old fashioned scoreboard are just great.
Don't expect all the modern amenities. There is no big HD scoreboard, your sight line might include a column here and there, but this is the real thing.
Wait for the seventh inning stretch and sing along with the crowd to 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game'.
Back in 2006, the Cubs were a pretty bad team. The picture here on the right pretty much sums up what a lot of Cub fans were thinking. However my son was able to get 4 tickets on Memorial Day in the 3rd row so it didn't matter if they were 0 - 100 we were still at the game. It turned out to be a very hot day and being "follically challenged" (i.e. no turf on the top) proved to be more of a challenge. Anyway the 4 of us, my oldest son, his girlfriend and my youngest son headed off to watch Kerry Wood's last start at a Cub (he is now a relief pitcher with the Cleveland Indians). The Cubs and Kerry won that day. We must have brought them good luck.
Equipment: If its warm be sure to wear a hat and bring plenty of sun tan lotion
in my opinion of course :-) But I tend to think there are many who would agree with me. From its well-known ivy wall to the rooftops viewers across the street, Wrigley Field is a perfect home for the Cubbies.
Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in the nation. The walls are covered in ivy and it's almost like the concessions are in a giant cavern of stone. This is a great place to watch a ballgame!
Equipment: It's a ballpark, so bring plenty of beer and food money. If it's supposed to rain, buy a poncho at a drugstore and bring it with you. They sell tiny little ponchos at the park and they tend to run out. Wear sunscreen if you're going to be out by the field. Don't forget your camera!
Well I already filled it out under things to do. 3 bases with a home plate ya gotta cross to score. They throw a ball at ya really fast and you have to hit it with a bat. Then run.
Equipment: Bat, gonad cup, helmut, face mask, glove.
It's been quite a few years since I've been to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field so when Dee (deecat) said she had an extra ticket for a Tuesday afternoon game I said "Sure thing!" We had excellent seats, practically on the field, and although the weatherman had been predicting rain, it turned out to be a relatively warm sunny afternoon.
Equipment: If you do get tickets for an early season game (April or May), be sure to dress warm as it can be chilly or even snow!
Cameras are allowed, coolers are not.
The Chicago Cubs are a must see if you visit this town when they are in town. The history of this cursed team is as amazing as the fans, and the neighborhoods surrounding the Field are full of energy on gamenights... I think there are more drinking holes near Wrigley than in any square mile than I've ever seen in any other city! A great time for all ages, whether you are a baseball fan or not.