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Neighborhood Guide: Wrigleyville

If you’re looking for a neighborhood that has a professional baseball team, plenty of restaurants and bars, and even a few concert venues, then make Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood part of your plans for this summer. The neighborhood has plenty of options for a fun night out on the town and includes a bit of history, too. Take a look at some of the neighborhood’s must-see sights with this guide.

History Of Wrigleyville

Located within the community area of Lake View on Chicago’s North Side, the area surrounding the famed Wrigley Field is considered a top destination by many sports fans. Built in 1914, the stadium is the home of the Chicago Cubs and has seen momentous wins, losses, and even a curse (you can read the details on NPR’s website). Today, the area surrounding the Friendly Confines includes sports bars, restaurants and more than a few places to purchase a Cubs T-shirt or hat. To get to Wrigleyville, take the Blue Line to the Addison station.

Eat And Drink: Vines On Clark
3554 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 327-8572

Located a quick walk from Wrigley Field, Vines on Clark offers baseball fans a wide selection of food so you can grab a bite to eat before seeing a game. The menu includes burgers, salads and wraps, as well as customized pizza. After a game, wet your whistle with a few drafts of beer or cocktails. On warm days, consider taking your party outside and dining al fresco on Vines on Clark’s patio.

Eat And Drink: Sheffield’s Beer & Wine Garden
3258 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-4989

With a beer menu that currently includes more than 40 types of beer on tap and many more in cans and bottles, finding something to drink at Sheffield’s Beer & Wine Garden likely won’t be a problem. The beer garden also serves cider, with selections from breweries that include Vander Mill and Original Sin on the menu. Are you more a wine or whiskey drinker, or maybe you’d like a cocktail? Sheffield’s has you covered, too. You can also fill up on salads, soups, chili, barbecue platters and desserts, while on the weekends you can come by for brunch.

Hot Spot: Metro
3730 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 549-4140

Plan a night out with friends when you check out the performance lineup at Metro. The concert venue will see a number of musical acts take the stage in upcoming months, with BØRNS, L7, Broods and Andrew Bird among the performers on the schedule. Metro, which is located just down the street from Wrigley Field, also serves up an assortment of drinks during the shows. Just remember that some shows have age restrictions in place.

Must-Experience Event: Northalsted Market Days
On Halsted St. from Belmont Ave. to Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60657

Spend the last few days of summer with more than 100,000 of your new best friends when visiting Northalsted Market Days. Held August 13 and 14, the long-running festival (it’s now in its 35th year) features arts and crafts, food, drinks and fun activities. This year’s jazz music lineup includes performances by The Flat Cats, Cher The Love, and Amy & Freddy. Additional musical acts will be posted online in upcoming weeks. The festival has a suggested donation of $10.

Megan Horst-Hatch is a runner, reader, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in "-er." She is also the president of Megan Writes, LLC. Her work can be found at

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