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Chicago Cubs: A guide for the baseball fan

The Cubs are poised to have a magical season. Fly the W by knowing where to drink, party, park and catch the train in Wrigleyville, with the help of our Chicago Cubs guide.

Photograph: Erica Gannett
Sir Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field. July 31, 2011

For a diehard fan, the Chicago Cubs are more than just a baseball team. Last season was nothing but magical. From lifelong fans to excited Chicagoans who are inspired by the North Siders' 2015 run, everyone in town has Cubbie Fever. Here's a guide to cheering on the team that calls Wrigley Field home.

Maybe this will finally be the year.

Your 2016 Chicago Cubs

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Chicago Cubs and White Sox 2016 preview

Ready to jump on the bandwagon? Consult our CliffsNotes for aspiring fans of Chicago's aspiring ball clubs.

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An outlandish and ridiculously early projection for the Cubs' 2016 campaign

Using a perfectly reasonable sample size of two games in the baseball regular season, we can confidently say that the Cubs will dominate MLB for the rest of the year

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Kris Bryant pranks Mesa, Arizona college baseball team

Bryant showed up incognito as "a European transfer" named Roy Nabryt

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Cubs start spring training, Kyle Schwarber starts smashing

Schwarber is already hitting dangerously, with unfortunate consequences for a fan's car outside the park

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The Cubs are changing, and so is Wrigleyville

What do you give the team that wins (almost) everything? A completely refitted, tricked-out new stadium and an overhaul of the neighborhood surrounding it

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Vegas oddsmakers name Cubs as favorites to win the 2016 World Series

The Cubs are the outright favorites to win the World Series on Vegas Insider and co-favorites with the San Francisco Giants on Bovada

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The Cubs just became baseball's new overlords

Chicagoans better brace themselves for a future where the Cubs are World Series champions, because it's happening a hell of a lot sooner than you think

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"Next year" looks pretty good for the Cubs

The Cubs’ future is incredibly bright

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Wrigleyville bars and restaurants

Bars

Wrigleyville bars to watch the Cubs

No tickets? Head to a bar and watch the action unfold on a screen

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Restaurants

The best restaurants in Wrigleyville

If you're not a fan of stadium food, try the grub at these Wrigley restaurants

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Bars

A civilized Wrigleyville crawl

Wrigleyville bars aren't all drunken and debaucherous

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Bars

An uncivilized Wrigleyville bar crawl

Cheap beer, sticky floors, body shots

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Sports and fitness

16 Chicago Cubs shirts you'll want to buy right now

It's time to dress for postseason success

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Shopping

88 must-haves for Cubs or Sox fans

No matter who you are supporting, make sure you are flying some colors when the first pitch gets thrown

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Celebrity fans who love the Chicago Cubs

As we've already seen throughout the playoffs, the Chicago Cubs have some very passionate fans. It just so happens that some supporters are also famous—and can actually afford to sit in the really good seats at Wrigley Field. In celebration of the Cubs' post-season run, we made a list of the team's most hardcore celebrity fans. If you manage to score a coveted ticket and get into the Friendly Confines, maybe you'll end up trading celebratory hugs with one of these notable names. Nick Offerman We can't say we're surprised that the man who played the ultra-masculine Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation is a diehard Cubs fan, as there are few things more manly than patience and repeated disappointment. In 2012, the Illinois native faced off against White Sox fan Craig Robinson in a New Era ad campaign—we think he argued his case pretty well. Tom Morello Rage Against the Machine guitarist Morello takes his Chicago Cubs fandom very seriously. Last year, he penned a detailed seven-point program to end the team's losing streak and get them to the World Series. Either he's a genius, or the Cubs came up with an even better plan. John Cusack Chicago native John Cusack is best known for his on-screen portrayals of a cranky record store clerk and Edgar Allen Poe, but the actor also finds time to attend games at Wrigley and root for the Cubs. Annoyingly, Cusack has also been sighted at White Sox games, but we like to think that the Cubs are first on his list of All-Time Top Five Favo

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Cubs will meet Mets in NLCS

 The NLCS will kick off Saturday at Citi Field in New York, with the game broadcast on TBS at 7pm Central. 

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Cubs enshrine Kyle Schwarber home run ball

Kyle Schwarber's jack against the Cardinals made him a Cubs legend.

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Cubs World Series tickets already commanding astronomical prices

Watching a World Series game at Wrigley Field isn't cheap.

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Cubs beat Cards to clinch at home, head to NLCS

The Chicago Cubs made history by clinching a playoff series at Wrigley Field for the first time ever with a hard-fought 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Cubs' Kris Bryant goes undercover as a Lyft driver

As convenient as ride-sharing services like Lyft are for hailing a ride around the city, getting a good driver can be a dicey proposition. Sometimes you get a driver with a nice car who annoyingly obeys every traffic law to a T, or you could ride with a maniac who treats driving on the road like the video game Twisted Metal. But what if you could get a ride from one of the best baseball players in Chicago? That's exactly what happened to a few locals recently when they called for a Lyft ride. Wearing only a pair of sunglasses and street clothes to go incognito, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant participated in the "Undercover Lyft" video series as he drove unsuspecting Chicagoans around the city and asked them if they followed sports, specifically baseball. Most of them were aware of the Cubs' recent success and knew they had a stud third baseman, even if they couldn't readily name him or identify him sitting in the driver's seat. There was also a guy who compared the athleticism of baseball players to that of chess players, which I'm sure Bryant found flattering. Bryant also brought up a great point when he pointed out that Wrigley Field doesn't have a Bryant poster on the stadium's facade. Maybe that's something the Cubs can address before the start of their World Series run next month.

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Cubs release renderings of Wrigley Field renovations

The Cubs had a groundbreaking season in 2015, as they made it four wins away from their first World Series appearance since 1945. This offseason, the North Side club is breaking a different kind of ground as construction continues on Wrigley Field as a part of its ongoing 1060 Project. Last year, renovations on the century-old stadium spilled into the regular season, and the outfield bleachers weren't open until June. This year, another round of improvements are set to make Wrigley feel more like a 21st-century ballpark while still keeping its historic charm. The Cubs' 2015-2016 offseason projects include a new exterior façade on the western wall of the park, a much-needed expansion of the restrooms, a new ticket office, a pair of temporary batting areas and improvements to the center field bleachers. On top of that, construction is set to begin on a new office building and plaza, broadcast center and a hotel in early 2016. The hotel will replace the McDonald's on Clark Street, so late-night, fast food-loving zombies of Wrigleyville will be forced to head to Taco Bell for the value menu processed products.  Future phases of the 1060 Project will include a two-story retail and entertainment complex in the right field corner that will replace the Captain Morgan Club, as well as a revamped upper level. As far as we know, the renovations will not disturb Kyle Schwarber's playoff home run ball, which is enshrined above the right field video board. Perhaps the updated stadium wi

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7 reasons to be excited about being a Cubs fan in 2015

Crack open an Old Style and let's run down the reasons you should be excited for the upcoming Cubs season

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Quiz: Are you a White Sox or a Cubs fan?

The White Sox and Cubs have a very, very heated Chicago rivalry. When the two teams play, the city becomes more divided than ever. Cubs fans think that White Sox faithful are a bunch of gross idiots, and South Siders think that North Side supporters are a bunch of drunken buffoons.  You might think that you support one team, when your heart is really with the other. This quiz should help you figure out which team matches best with your personality.

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Cubs fans are petitioning for a virtual Harry Caray

Since 1998, the Cubs have honored the memory and legacy of Harry Caray by bringing in a celebrity to lead the Wrigley Field crowd in the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." As time has passed, this tradition has become less of a remembrance of Caray and more of a PR gimmick that has grown stale. With that in mind, a group has started a petition on Change.org for the Cubs to play a video on the new left field scoreboard of Caray singing the song in lieu of inviting guest conductors to the park. This would give the Cubs a chance to use their new technology for a legitimate tribute to one of the most beloved figures in the organization's history. It also would mean the end of horrific performances by the likes of Ozzy Osbourne. The White Sox recently brought back AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" as their intro music after fans loudly voiced their opposition to an awful Fall Out Boy song. Cubs fans should also be able to listen to the voice that they deserve: Harry Caray's.

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Kerry Wood’s top 5 Cubs moments

“I was 17 and had just signed, and I first saw the field from the Wrigley press box.”

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