The best places to eat and drink near Chicago's Wrigley Field



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. 


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A seven-minute ride from Cubs country gets you to Lowcountry's fresh seafood boil. Concert goers or baseball fans will go for special combos that include one pound of shrimp, one pound of snow crab, six corn pieces, six red potatoes, four...  Read More


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The neighborhood is being flooded with culinary upstarts, including pizzerias, but locals seem to love Dimo's especially after an assortment of adult beverages. Serving New York style pizza with interesting variations (no sweat - you can still...  Read More


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A Good Humor bar at the park is fine in a pinch, but to really celebrate a W or assuage the pain of a loss against the Cardinals, check into FRÍO Gelato, three minutes away from Wrigley. Chicago's only Argentine gelato producer, the ice...  Read More


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Rockit Burger Bar, across the street from historic Wrigley Field, is home to award-winning burgers featured on The Today Show and Good Morning America. The house-made all-beef burgers served on gourmet buns with fresh sauces are constantly...  Read More


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When typical ball park options place you in an "L" column state-of-mind, look for Snow Junkie Cafe. Just a few blocks north of Wrigley, the shop brings beautiful delicious bites and desserts to this corner of the city. Eggettes are fluffy...  Read More


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If authentic, scratch-made, smoked meats, like brisket, pulled pork, chicken or St. Louis ribs, pique your salivary glands, take a a two minute drive from the ball park via Addison to Wrigley BBQ. The Wrigleyville staple, under the...  Read More


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Making a splashy debut on Cubs' opening day, 2018 within the newly opened Hotel Zachary, Big Star Wrigleyville joins the original Wicker Park location offering tacos, affordable libations and tunes. Nearly 300 restaurant and bar seats should cut...  Read More


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Duplicating the urban vibe of West Town Bakery's original location (hence its name), the new spot adjacent to Hotel Zachary's lobby lists new sips and bites for its Wrigleyville debut. One would think that adult bevvies and sweets are the...  Read More


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Firing up Wicker Park since '94, Smoke Daddy stokes the coals in Wrigleyville, too, as of 2018. Barbecue fans should expect identical smoked meats and housemade sauces available at the original spot but also blues and baseball. Located inside...  Read More


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Perhaps you're not up for just a slice and a brewski or the snooty in-laws are in town who prefer artisan cheese, Chicken Liver Parfait and a goat bratwurst with 18-hour sauerkraut. Take 'em to Mordecai, a bi-level cocktail bar and restaurant...  Read More


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