Yes, Wrigley Field is great, a true Chicago experience and a whole lot of fun. Many baseball fans have made pilgrimages there as a true historical landmark of America’s pasttime. But here are some things to remember before making the trip and buying tickets:
Buy discount tickets online. Since the Cubs often lose over half of the games in any given season you can usually get really great deals on ticket websites like Stubhub.com or from scalper businesses around park (look for big signs for cheap tickets). I wouldn’t recommend buying one from someone on the street. I may be paranoid but they may either be undercover police or someone selling fake tickets.
The Cubs usually have a losing season, so don’t be too disappointed if they lose the game you go to….just be surprised if they win.
It’s very difficult to pick games you think they’re going to win. The Cubs beat the number one team and then get swept by the last place team.
Secretly go there to watch the other team. Pick tickets for a team with some big named stars like the Yankees so you can see them play for cheap. But don’t cheer for the other team too loudly.
Eat outside the ballpark. There are dozens of excellent bar/restaurants including Harry Carey’s (named after their world famous sports announcer), Sluggers (with batting cages & arcade). This is especially important now that Wrigley just failed a bunch of food inspections.
Be prepared for a little drunken mayhem. Wrigley Field sits in the middle of Wrigleyville with all of its bars and often time several fans end up drinkin’ a little too much and get a little too crazy, so protect your little ones.
Wrigley Field has a great history and very old fashioned, but has never seen a world series. In fact, the Cubs haven’t won one since 1908 (before the invention of radio, TV, or even sliced bread).
If you want to see the park but not endure a game, they give tours and host a variety of other events like certain college football games, concerts, the occasional hockey game, and “Movie Night” where you sit on the actual lawn and watch classic Chicago movies like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. Numerous big name music groups also perform there every summer. Paul McCartney sold the place out in 2011 and soon Roger Waters (frontman of Pink Floyd) will be rocking the place June 8th, 2012. Otherwise, you can just go on a tour which usually go for $20-25 per person.
So take yourself out to the ball game by visiting this legendary landmark of baseball lore. Chat with the local Chicagoans sitting around you (who are some of the friendliest people in America)and experience something that is truly a part of this city, the game of baseball, and this wonderful country.