Chicago Cubs: A guide for the baseball fan

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

Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

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.

Your 2018 Chicago Cubs

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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21 Chicago Cubs shirts you’ll want to buy right now
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21 Chicago Cubs shirts you’ll want to buy right now

Dress for success at Wrigley Field

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

It’s not all hot dogs and beer (but it’s that too)

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

Find two stories of tacos in the new Hotel Zachary

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

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

A civilized Wrigleyville crawl
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A civilized Wrigleyville crawl

Wrigleyville bars aren't all drunken and debaucherous

An uncivilized Wrigleyville bar crawl
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An uncivilized Wrigleyville bar crawl

Cheap beer, sticky floors, body shots

2017 Chicago Cubs coverage

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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Cubs will meet Mets in NLCS
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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. 

Cubs enshrine Kyle Schwarber home run ball
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Cubs enshrine Kyle Schwarber home run ball

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

Cubs World Series tickets already commanding astronomical prices
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Cubs World Series tickets already commanding astronomical prices

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

Cubs beat Cards to clinch at home, head to NLCS
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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.

Cubs' Kris Bryant goes undercover as a Lyft driver
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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.

Cubs release renderings of Wrigley Field renovations
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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

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

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