Watching baseball from the rooftops surrounding Wrigley Field has been a tradition since the ballpark opened in 1914. In the 1980s, owners of the buildings surrounding the stadium began erecting seating on their rooftops and selling tickets to watch the Chicago Cubs from outside the park. In spite of some legal wrangling between the team and the rooftops, the Wrigleyville tradition endures to this day, offering fans a way to take in a game while enjoying amenities like buffets, open bars and air-conditioned bathrooms.
During the 2020 MLB season, fans won't be allowed in the stands at the Cubs' home game, making Wrigley Field rooftops the only way to witness games in-person. Accordingly, ticket prices have gone up and safety precautions (like face mask requirements and limited capacity) have been implemented. Check out some of the Wrigley Field rooftops where you can get a bird's-eye view of the game this season.
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Enjoy views from the corner of left field at this tri-level rooftop, which features an indoor clubhouse in addition to outdoor bleachers and a skydeck. Buona Beef handles the all-you-can-eat catering, and the beverages keep flowing through the 7th inning.
Gaze down the third base line from atop this left field rooftop that features an abundance of counter seating, an outdoor beer garden and plasma TVs for a closer look at the action inside of Wrigley Field.
Looking for a rooftop fit for a smaller group? Atop the Waveland rooftop formerly known as the Brixen Ivy you'll find stadium seating and a deck facing Wrigley Field, along with a full-service bar and dining area on the club level.
The bleacher seating atop 1038 W Waveland will give you a great view of the action on the field (you're just behind the Nuveen sign on the left field wall), but you can also take in a mostly unobstructed view of the game from the windows overlooking Wrigley Field at the club level.
Situated a little over 600 feet from home plate and equipped with bleacher seating, this multi-level space offers a special experience for fans and tourists alike. Grab a drink from the rooftop bar and keep your glove handy.
One of the largest rooftops overlooking Wrigley Field, 1010 W Waveland boasts plenty of stadium seating, a beer garden terrace, two rooftop bars and a great view of the diamond from above the bleachers.
While your view of the diamond may be somewhat obstructed, you'll get an eyeful of the left-field video board from atop 3609 N Sheffield while you enjoy the all-inclusive menu of food and beverages.
Built in 2008, this pair of Sheffield rooftop boasts enough room for large groups, "extra-wide stadium seats" and outdoor plasma screens so that you can leave your binoculars at home.
Set atop Wrigleyville bar Murphy's Bleachers, Murphy's Rooftop gives you a view of the action on the field while you enjoy a menu of brats, Polish sausages and burgers, accompanied by a selection of beer and wine.