Chicago Cubs: A guide for the baseball fan

Fly the W by knowing where to drink, party, park and catch the train in Wrigleyville

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For a diehard fan, the Chicago Cubs are more than just a baseball team—and the 2016 World Series championship, ending a league record 108-year drought, no doubt created a new generation of devoted enthusiasts. As the 2018 season begins and the Cubs look to dominate again, everyone in town has Cubbie Fever—after making it to the 2017 NLCS but falling shy of a return appearance in the World Series, “next year is here” has a whole new meaning. Here’s a guide to cheering on the team that calls Wrigley Field home, along with everything you need to know about spending a day in Wrigleyville.

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The Chicago Cubs are offering a $10 ticket lottery for every home game this season
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The Chicago Cubs are offering a $10 ticket lottery for every home game this season

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Scope out the 11 new food options at Wrigley Field
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Scope out the 11 new food options at Wrigley Field

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Big Star’s colossal Wrigleyville location is now open
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Big Star’s colossal Wrigleyville location is now open

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Wrigleyville bars and restaurants

Wrigleyville bars to watch the Cubs
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Wrigleyville bars to watch the Cubs

No ticket? Head to one of these bars and watch the action unfold on a screen.

The best restaurants in Wrigleyville
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The best restaurants in Wrigleyville

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A civilized Wrigleyville crawl
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A civilized Wrigleyville crawl

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An uncivilized Wrigleyville bar crawl
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An uncivilized Wrigleyville bar crawl

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Fannie May has a sweet new collection of Chicago Cubs candy
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Fannie May has a sweet new collection of Chicago Cubs candy

What could be sweeter than the Chicago Cubs historic World Series win? How about gobs of Cubs-inspired chocolates? Just in time for the North Siders home opener on April 10, Fannie May will release its Chicago Cubs Collection. From baseballs made of chocolate to Mint Meltaways and Mini Pixies, this all-star lineup gives your Fannie May favorites the VIP treatment. Here's a sampling of Cubs candies you'll be able to find in stores, online or at the ballpark this season. Cubbies Milk Chocolate Bar, $1.79   This silky smooth chocolate bar comes suited up and ready to play ball. And since Fannie May is the official chocolate of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, the first 20,000 fans to enter the stadium during home games this season will get a coupon for a free Cubbies Milk Chocolate Bar. Milk Chocolate Gimme S'more Snack Mix, $6.99   S'mores, like baseball, are universally loved. This home-run snack mix includes graham cracker bits covered in milk chocolate and soft mini marshmallows. Wrigley Field Mint Meltaways Gift Tin, $24.99     Remember the heyday of the Friendly Confines with this vintage-inspired collection of Mint Meltaways—a Hall of Famer in their own right. Fannie May Cubs All-Star Assortment, $69.99         This All-Star assortment of Fannie May MVPs offers up almost 4 pounds of individually wrapped chocolate pieces. Mini Pixies, Green Mint Meltaways, Milk Chocolate Mint Meltaways, Trinadads, Milk Chocolate Carmarsh, Dark Chocolate Carmarsh,

12 specials to celebrate Cubs opening day in Chicago
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12 specials to celebrate Cubs opening day in Chicago

Opening day for the Cubs is considered a holiday for many Chicagoans on a normal year, but 2017 marks an especially momentous occasion: the opening game after last year's World Series win. If you don't have tickets to the home opener but still want to celebrate, we rounded up a bunch of specials happening around town. And if it's not already on your calendar, mark Monday, April 10 at 7:05pm for when the Cubs take on the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. AliveOne: From 3–5pm, cash in on happy hour specials like half off all drinks and $3 Old Style beers. If you're looking for something slightly more high-brow, grab a $4 Half Acre beer and enjoy free pool. Bar Lupo: Looking for a quirky home opener special? Bar Lupo is pairing its regular Monday special (half-priced wine) with free meatballs with your first drink at the bar and a special bolognese chili dog topped with house-made giardiniera. Commonwealth Tavern: Snacks and local beer are the name of the game at Commonwealth Tavern. Enjoy $5 Chicago craft beers and $5 soft pretzels while you watch the game on eight TVs. Dark Horse Tap & Grille: Head to Dark Horse early to pregame the main event (the bar will open at noon) with specials like a $14 double header burger, a black angus patty topped with a hot dog from Paulina Meat Market with applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese. Wash it all down with $4 Old Style tallboys and $6 Crown Royal apple whiskey pours. Plus, enter the bar's raffle for a chance to win a pair of ti

Cubs season opener is among the most popular Opening Day matchups
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Cubs season opener is among the most popular Opening Day matchups

The start of the 2017 Major League Baseball season is a few short days away and unsurprisingly, the Chicago Cubs are one of the hottest tickets in all of baseball. Online ticket retailer Vivid Seats ranked MLB Opening Day matchups, and the Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals on April 2 is the second most popular season opener on the schedule, finishing just behind the San Diego Padres versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Using the number of tickets sold through its online marketplace, the company listed all 15 Opening Day games in order of popularity. Unlike their crosstown rivals, the White Sox were not involved in any of the more-anticipated matchups. The South Siders' home opener against the Detroit Tigers was 12th on the list. That lack of excitement was underscored by the teams $56 average ticket price—the second cheapest in the league. Meanwhile, the 2016 World Series Champion Cubs command more coin than any other team. The average ticket price for a Cubs game is $130 and overall ticket sales for the regular season are up 55 percent, according to Vivid Seats. So, if you're looking for a bargain (and perhaps a 16-inch brisket grilled cheese sandwich) you may want to take a trip to Guaranteed Rate Field this season instead of paying out the nose for a seat in the Friendly Confines. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know. 

Cubs’ David Ross cha-chas on to next round of ‘Dancing with the Stars’
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Cubs’ David Ross cha-chas on to next round of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Cubs fan-fave David “Grandpa” Ross is finally giving Chicagoans a good reason to watch ABC’s celebrity dance fiasco Dancing with the Stars. On Monday, the former Chicago Cubs catcher and partner Lindsay Arnold cha-chaed their way on to the next round with a bizarre routine choreographed to Young MC's “Bust a Move.” ICYMI: @D_Ross3 is moving on to the next round of@DancingABC. #DWTS pic.twitter.com/rOOyFSaHr9 — MLB (@MLB) March 28, 2017 Prior to his DWTS fame, Ross developed a cult following among the Cubs’ diehards for his World Series heroics—the 39-year-old became the oldest player to hit a home run in Game 7 of the World Series when the Cubs broke their 108-year losing streak last fall. Following his retirement, Ross has become a bona fide celebrity—thanks in part to his skill on the dance floor.  Even his former team is getting in on the fun. Before Monday night's episode, the Cubs tweeted at Grandpa Rossy to let him know they support his new dancing career.  .@D_Ross3 traded in baseball cleats for dancing shoes. Watch him bust a move again tonight! #DWTS pic.twitter.com/SfhO1OuQxr — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 27, 2017 We had to figure the team was on his side, since he made his debut last week in a blinged-out Cubs uniform. Almost time! #cubs #mlb #DWTS #LadyandtheGramp A post shared by David Ross (@grandparossy_3) on Mar 20, 2017 at 2:14pm PDT   Once he hangs up those dancing shoes, Ross will get back to basebal

5 questions for Cubs, White Sox at the start of spring training
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5 questions for Cubs, White Sox at the start of spring training

At first blush, the Cubs and White Sox appear to have very little in common. The Cubs are the defending champs and one of the most talented teams in baseball. The Sox said goodbye to arguably the best pitcher in the game and seem ready to invest in a full-scale rebuild. With both teams’ pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training this week, the 2017 season is unofficially underway. And despite their differences, the Cubs and White Sox have the same goal: winning the World Series. Here are five questions for North Side and South Side fans to ask as their team heads into camp: What do we know? Cubs: After winning Game 7 of the World Series on November 2, the Cubs began what would amount to the shortest off-season in the team’s history. The short break could bring its own set of problems, namely exhaustion, but that’s the price of winning it all. Speaking of winning it all, the Cubs will carry a lot of high expectations into the 2017 season, and fans are going to worry about a championship hangover. But the Cubs have proven they can handle the pressure, and these are problems every other MLB team would like to have. Sox: Sure, the White Sox want to win the World Series, but they are admittedly operating on a slightly longer timeline than that other Chicago team. We’ve already seen patience pay off on the North Side, and the Sox look to be stealing a page from the Cubs playbook: Trade your assets, stockpile prospects and young talent, and prepare for a run a season or

CSN Chicago will live stream Cubs and White Sox games in 2017
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CSN Chicago will live stream Cubs and White Sox games in 2017

Beginning this season, subscribers to CSN Chicago will be able to live stream Cubs and White Sox games from their computer or mobile device. The sports network announced on Thursday that parent company NBCUniversal reached a deal with Major League Baseball to make both teams’ games accessible in real time via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app. Currently, CSN Chicago offers live streaming for all Bull and Blackhawks games that it airs. As part of the new deal, CSN subscribers will be able to live stream any Cubs and White Sox games broadcast by the network at no additional cost. Last year, CSN carried more than 100 White Sox games and 86 Cubs games. The network has not yet released its 2017 Cubs and White Sox broadcast lineup but said it plans to announce the regular season schedules for both teams in the coming weeks. T.K. Gore, CSN Chicago's senior digital director, told Crain’s Chicago Business that the deal adds value for fans, sponsors, advertisers and distribution partners, alike. "This is a significant moment for the network to have all four teams," he said of CSN’s live-stream offerings. Similar to your parent’s HBO GO account, password sharing is one possible downside to the new deal. However, Gore said that the hypothetical sharing of login credentials among fans of either team is not a major concern, adding that he has faith in the technology used by CSN and the NBC Sports Group. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know. 

Would you buy a pair of Wrigley Field seats for $899?
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Would you buy a pair of Wrigley Field seats for $899?

The Chicago Cubs made history in 2016, winning the World Series after a 108-year drought. Now, the team is letting fans take a piece of World Series history home with them by putting several sections of ballpark seats up for sale. Fans looking to own a piece of Wrigley Field history will have to shell out $899 (plus $133 for shipping) for a set of seats removed after the 2016 World Series win. If you’re looking to save a little cash, you can get a seat set that was in use during the team’s 2015 foray into the National League Championship Series and removed during the 2015 offseason for $799, as well as the shipping cost. Each set of two ballpark riser-mounted seats are attached to metal “L” shaped brackets and have been authenticated with Major League Baseball’s seal of authenticity. The seats were removed from various sections, including the Terrace Reserved, Terrace Box and Field Box sections, as part of the ongoing renovation of Wrigley Field. You can place your order for a seat set here starting on February 3. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know. 

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New documentary tells story of Cubs’ historic World Series win
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New documentary tells story of Cubs’ historic World Series win

Everyone who stayed up to watch the Chicago Cubs’ thrilling victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series knows that drama lies at the heart of every good story. On December 2, Fox Sports 1 will air a documentary telling the dramatic story behind the Cubs’ postseason run and how the team eventually went on to be crowned World Series champions. Celebrity Cubs fan Vince Vaughn narrates the documentary, simply titled The 2016 World Series, which officially premieres Tuesday evening at Chicago’s Civic Opera House. The guest list for the exclusive, invite-only event includes Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, broadcaster Len Kasper, president of business operations Crane Kenney and even team mascot Clark the Cub. But for those of us who aren’t among Cubs’ A-listers (or who still can’t seem to find FS1 on their TV dial), Blu-ray and DVD versions of The 2016 World Series will be in stores December 6. MLB Network produced the documentary, which includes behind-the-scenes footage of players, highlights of the 2016 season and the dramatic retelling of the team’s seven-game battle against the Indians. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know. 

Photos from the Cubs' World Series championship parade and rally
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Photos from the Cubs' World Series championship parade and rally

An estimated 5 million people (yes, you read that correctly) showed up to congratulate the Cubs on the team's World Series Championship, crowding into Wrigleyville, the Magnificent Mile and Grant Park to witness a victory parade and rally. The day got off to a late start as the Cubs' motorcade departed Wrigley Field nearly an hour later than initially planned. Meanwhile, a gigantic swarm of people rushed into Grant Park when gates to the site of the rally were opened at 8:30am—the area quickly filled up, forcing latecomers to stand along Michigan Avenue, trying to catch a glimpse of the festivities beyond. The Plumbers Union valiantly tired (and failed, despite any doctored photographer evidence you may have seen) to dye the Chicago River Cubbie Blue, while some daring onlookers took the celebration a bit too far by jumping off bridges into the murky teal water. Whether you were not-so-discreetly chugging beers amid the crowded streets of the Loop or were working from home, avoiding the crammed CTA and Metra trains before, during and after the festivities, take a look at our photos from the rally and parade. This was a party 108 years in the making and the city (and plenty of visitors) made sure that it was one for the history books. RECOMMENDED: Take a look at more postseason Chicago Cubs photos Photograph: Neal O'Bryan   Photograph: Neal O'Bryan   Photograph: Neal O'Bryan   Photograph: Neal O'Bryan   Photograph: Neal O'Bryan   Photograph:

The Cubs’ 2016 was full of highlights on and off the field
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The Cubs’ 2016 was full of highlights on and off the field

What curse? The Chicago Cubs buried all talk of ghosts and goats Wednesday night with a win in Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians, coming back from a 3–1 deficit (yes, Cleveland, that was 3–1) to win their first World Series championship since 1908. Bringing home the Commissioner’s Trophy caps a truly joyful season in which the Cubs shook off the mantle of losers, but proved they were more lovable than ever. We’ve compiled some of our favorite moments of the year, from spectacular in-game plays to endearing off-field antics. April 1: In a pre-season April Fool’s prank/promo, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo introduce their new venture, the Bryzzo Souvenir Company. April 21: 2015 Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta throws a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds, the 15th in Cubs history. May 1: In true Joe Maddon style, the Cubs skipper has the team dress in wacky suits for their first themed road trip of the year. If you look hot, you wear it. pic.twitter.com/vhDqEr3A9X — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 1, 2016 May 8: Javier Baez hits a walkoff home run to complete a sweep of the Washington Nationals. June 18: Baez masters the art of dirt swimming to avoid a tag against the Pittsburgh Pirates. June 19: Catcher Willson Contreras hits a first-pitch homer in his first big-league at-bat. June 27: Bryant homers three times in a single game against the Reds. June 28: A bit of creative management by Maddon leads to pitcher Travis Wood playing catch in left field. July

All of Chicago sports is rooting for the Cubs tonight
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All of Chicago sports is rooting for the Cubs tonight

The Chicago Cubs have come back from a 3–1 deficit to force tonight’s World Series Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians. After last night’s decisive 9–3 win in Game 6 (featuring that 😍 grand slam from Addison Russell), the prospect of ending the Cubs’ 108-year championship drought tonight seemingly has nearly every athlete in Chicago rooting the team on. Players from the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Sky, Fire and Red Stars have tweeted their support—even the Bears’ mascot is ready to #FlytheW. (We're still looking for any White Sox to weigh in today.) RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide for Chicago Cubs fans Let's do this @Cubs...we're all rooting for you! #FlyTheW #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/rK3UD9J6xy — Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 2, 2016 Looks like the @Cubs are saving their best for last! A ton of momentum going into Game 7. Can't wait! #FlyTheW #WorldSeries — Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) November 2, 2016 The @cubs are playing in a World Series game 7, to break a 108-year drought on #NationalStressAwarenessDay? You can't make this stuff up... — Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) November 2, 2016 Cubs all day. What more needs to be said? https://t.co/qMsyWlbcJY — Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) November 2, 2016 There will be a GAME 7!!! #Cubs #gocubsgo — Sam Acho (@TheSamAcho) November 2, 2016 Great win cubs! #Onemore #FlyTheW — Alshon Jeffery (@TheWorldof_AJ) November 2, 2016 All comes down to 1 win @Cubs !! Bring the World Series hom

10 heartwarming displays of Cubs pride in Chicago
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10 heartwarming displays of Cubs pride in Chicago

As the Cubs prepare to enter the team's first World Series since 1945, Chicago is getting behind the team in a big way. Local businesses are hoisting up W flags, putting Cubs hats on their mascots and supporting the North Siders on their (long) quest for a championship. We've gathered some of our favorite displays of Cubs pride from all around Chicago, including restaurants, museums, attractions and more.  RECOMMENDED: More postseason Chicago Cubs coverage The Field Museum  The Field Museum has gone all out in support of the Cubs this year, putting a Cubs jersey on the brachiosaurus skeleton that stands outside the museum and draping a W flag from the mouth of a pterodactyl hanging in the lobby.  Field Museum #Cubs #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/fe1VHBYr3q — Rod Belding (@williamzabka42) October 15, 2016   The Field Museum is definitely not supporting the cubs to a sickeningly adorable level. pic.twitter.com/wEyC3Q1vcf — Chri$tina (@paucafideliter) October 17, 2016   Adler Planetarium  Over at the Adler Planetarium, the team spirit is a bit more subtle. A photo opportunity in the "Mission Moon" exhibit which usually displays an American flag has been switched out in favor of the W flag. They're flyin' the W at the Adler Planetarium! @Cubs #FlyTheW #LetsGo 💙⚾️🐻 pic.twitter.com/gYIyLNGbSU — Sarah V (@SpocksPassion) October 20, 2016   (C)UBS Tower Some clever people at the UBS Tower at One North Wacker realized that the company's name is just

The Art Institute lions got their very first Cubs hats
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The Art Institute lions got their very first Cubs hats

Following the Cubs' victory in the NLCS game six on Saturday and in anticipation of their upcoming World Series appearance, the lions that sit outside the Art Institute got their own Cubs caps to celebrate. We've seen the lions sporting Bears, White Sox and Blackhawks gear for championship runs as well, but it's fun to see the Cubs finally get the chance for a little love as well. According to WGN, the hats were installed around 8am on Monday. Now's your chance to get your photo with the lions in their Cubs gear ahead of the series that will start on Tuesday evening in Cleveland.

Chicago Cubs and White Sox 2016 preview
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Chicago Cubs and White Sox 2016 preview

Are you a baseball newbie who wants to hop aboard the Cubs’ train this season? Or are you ready to put your newfound faith in a White Sox resurgence? Here’s what you need to know to be able to talk a good game about both of Chicago’s baseball teams this year. How last year went SOX The South Siders have plenty of room for improvement over 2015. They finished with a 76–86 record and fourth place in the American League Central. Still, that was an improvement over the team’s 2013 and 2014 tallies, and the team’s pitching rotation was solid for the most part, although former Cub Jeff Samardzija was largely a bust in his single season at the Cell (he hit free agency at the end of the season and headed off to a five-year contract with the San Francisco Giants). CUBS The Cubbies were expected to improve somewhat over their 73–89 2014 record, given new manager Joe Maddon and additions like pitcher Jon Lester and rookie third baseman Kris Bryant. Still, they weren’t expected to make it to October: A piece by Fox Sports’ Rob Neyer in December 2014 was headlined, “Even with Lester, Cubs won’t contend in 2015.” But contend they did, going 97–65 in the regular season and making it to the National League Championship Series, in which the New York Mets knocked them out. MVPs SOX Starting pitcher Chris Sale led the American League last year with 274 strikeouts, and first baseman Jose Abreu has had a stellar first two seasons on offense, with at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs (that’s ru

Celebrity fans who love the Chicago Cubs
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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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