If there is one experience that has been on our Chicago bucket list since moving to the Windy City, it would be going to a Cubs game. Neither D nor I are big Cubs fans- D grew up watching the Orioles while I followed the Mariners. But after cheering on the Cubs last season as they won the World Series for the first time in 108 years, we knew this season we had to make it to our first Chicago Cubs game. And it went along with the goal we made last year to take the kids to more sporting events.
Two Saturdays ago, we made our way down to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs play the Atlanta Braves. We arrived early to account for traffic coming from the suburbs. This suited us since it gave us time to leisurely find our seats and grab some food without having to fight the hordes of people competing for the right-of-way in the foyers. An added bonus was that we all received Chicago Cubs t-shirts as a door prize. Although they were huge and didn’t fit any of us, they made good blankets when the early September breeze made the outfield a little chilly.
After finding our seats, I stayed with the kids while D went to find us some food. I can’t say that I particularly love hot dogs but there is something about being at a baseball game that makes me crave them. So D came back with hot dogs for us and nachos for the kids to share. Definitely not gourmet, but hey, it’s baseball food.
When the game started, the kids were fascinated for a time. But the excitement quickly wore off and I was reminded that we really do need to remember to bring Ladybug’s activity backpack when we do things like this. Luckily, a family with a two-year old girl sat in our row. She quickly took an interest in Ladybug and Buddy. The three kids became fast friends and entertained each other for much of the game, allowing D and I to catch some of the action on the field.
The Cubs came to play and the game turned into a home run derby with several hit by both teams combined. In the end, the Chicago Cubs pulled off the win, besting the Braves 14-12.
About Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark after Fenway Park in Boston, and the oldest in the National League. Built in 1914, Wrigley Field is located in Wrigleyville, a section of the Lakeview neighborhood (our old stomping grounds) on the north side of Chicago.
Much of the stands are covered, shielding spectators from the sun. This was fortunate as I forgot to pack sunscreen and the weather for much of the game was sunny. However, the coverings also create a bit of a wind tunnel, making the lakefront wind a bit chillier than normal without the sun to warm it up. I recommend bringing a light jacket to stay warm.
Getting to Wrigley Field
Because Wrigley Field is in the middle of a city with very little parking, spots are hard to find. Parking is even more rare on game day. Public transportation is the way to go. By train, you can get to Wrigley Field by way of the Addison and Sheridan Red Line stops. Multiple busses will also get you close. Check the CTA website for more detailed information as well as train and bus schedules. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get there as public transportation fills up on game days. As I have had the not so fun pleasure of taking the train to and from work on game days, I know by experience that you may have to let a few trains pass before you can cram yourself into one.
If you come from the suburbs (like us) there is a remote parking lot on N Rockwell Street, about a 15 minute drive by shuttle bus from the stadium. This is a convenient option for those who live far away or don’t want to take the CTA. Did I mention there was no charge to park or ride the shuttle bus? That’s right! Parking for night and weekend games is completely free. It is recommended to tip the bus driver so make sure to bring a few bucks in cash for that.
Have you been to a baseball game?
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