A who’s who in the Chicago culinary orbit are landing in Wrigleyville like the Boka Group (see The Girl and the Goat and GT Fish & Oyster); Matthias Merges' craft driven Folkart Restaurant Management; and even Spiaggia’s Tony Mantuano and Cubs manager Joe Maddon are putting their formidable heads together to open an eatery in the coming months.
The area surrounding the ballpark, known as "Wrigleyville," is changing: exciting for the young bucks, bittersweet for others who love the old timey neighborhood feel to the home of the Chicago Cubs. But honestly, you can now get a roasted cauliflower with red pesto sandwich INSIDE the park, so quit your belly aching about gentrification, at least when it comes to baseball eats.
Gourmet burgers star in the lineup at Rockit Burger Bar and sticky, smoky meats are elevated to Major League status at The Smoke Daddy and Wrigley BBQ. Casual Lowcountry flies the "W" for winning seafood and Mexican street food nourishes fans at Big Star Wrigleyville. Is there refined food in baseball? There is if you head to Mordecai. For something cold and sweet on a hot summer day, head to FRÍO Gelato, West Town Bakery or Snow Junkie Cafe.
Wrigley Field is right off the Addison Red Line stop so it’s also nice to visit when the stadium is dark and an unhurried, quieter dining and drinking experience awaits. The neighborhood attracts lots of post college locals looking to duplicate raucous school days so bars along Clark Street are packed from April to October.