Type: Attractions, Historic Sites, Spectator Sports
Best Attractions & Activities: This century-old ballpark is home to the Chicago Cubs, who finally paid back diehard fans with a World Series win in 2016 (the previous one was in 1908). The party neighborhood around it is known as "Wrigleyville," full of restaurants and bars. The ballpark is famous for its ivy-covered brick walls in the outfield, its iconic red sign, the manually operated scoreboard, and its giant troughs in the men's bathroom. Expect long lines and expensive stadium prices for food and beer. You'll want to stand and sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with the crowd during the 7th inning stretch. Fans will wave white "W" flags when the Cubs win and sing "Go Cubs Go." Book a guided tour, offered on game days and non-game days, starting in March to see the dugout, press box, bleachers and the field.
Historic Sites: Even though there's a fancy hotel, shiny retail and a multi-use outdoor plaza being constructed at and near Wrigley Field, the historic stadium retains its old timey friendly atmosphere for fans of the beloved Chicago Cubs. Don't be too down trodden about the high-definition Jumbotron and renovations - they're primarily structural improvements and the creation of club levels and suites for those who drink and yammer more than actually watch the game. First opened in 1914 as Weeghman Park, home of the Whales, Wrigley still boasts its ivy-covered brick walls in the outfield and a manual scoreboard lending a good-old-days ambience (one of only two left in MLB). Although the days of $1 bleacher tickets are long gone, the spirits of Santo, Banks and Brickhouse permeate the place. Tours, on days they're scheduled, are 75-90 minutes and non-gameday tours include peeks at the Cubs' dugout and the clubhouse.
1060 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
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Best Attractions & Activities: "If you're sitting in the bleachers and catch a home run ball hit by the opposing team, you'll be expected to throw it back onto the field. It's a Wrigley Field tradition."
Historic Sites: "Don't even think about keeping a home run ball hit by the opposing team - throw it back onto the field."
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This is one of the country's most famous and historic ballparks.
Best for Historic Sites Because: It's more than a century old with an 80-plus year-old manual scoreboard and home to everyone's favorite team (unless you're from the south side).