Chicagoans take their baseball seriously, and one of best places to see a Major League Baseball game in the United States is at the ivy-covered home of the Chicago Cubs: Wrigley Field. Built in 1914 and known as the "Friendly Confines," Wrigley Field is the oldest baseball park in the National League and should be on the bucket list of any baseball fan.
Wrigley Field is filled with traditions and curses, as well as a team that once suffered from the longest dry spell in US sports history. Travelers can purchase tickets to one of the Cubs' 81 home games between April and September, and serious baseball fans can take a 90-minute guided tour through Wrigley Field that goes through the clubhouse, dugouts, and press box on non-game days during the season. You can also get a bird's-eye view of Wrigley Field by taking a helicopter tour of Chicago, or combine a visit with stops at other Chicago sports landmarks as part of a sports tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Daily tours are conducted rain or shine, so dress accordingly.
- Game-day tours do not enter the player clubhouses.
- Wrigley tours are wheelchair accessible, but some areas have limited access for guests in wheelchairs.
- The Budweiser Bleachers are arguably the most fun place to enjoy a Cubs home game.
How to Get to Wrigley Field
Set in the residential neighborhood known as Wrigleyville on the North Side of Chicago, Wrigley Field is located at the corner of W. Addison and Clark streets, just a block from the Addison stop on the Red Line and a short walk from the Belmont, Sheridan, and Southport stops. The 21 (Clark Street) and 156 (Addison Street) buses also run right by Wrigley Field, but may be rerouted on game days.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Wrigley Field is during baseball season, which runs April to September—and into October if the Cubbies are making a playoff run. Arrive well before game time to experience the atmosphere in Wrigleyville, where Cubs fans pack the bars surrounding the field.
The Lovable Losers
Chicago fans were the longest-suffering fans in baseball until 2016, when the Cubs finally won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. The Cubs had last appeared in the World Series in 1945, when local Billy Sianis allegedly cast the "Curse of the Billy Goat" upon the Cubs after he was refused entry into Wrigley Field with his pet goat. The team wouldn’t make another World Series appearance until their championship win in 2016.