Friday, April 1, 2011

Destination of the Day: Wrigley Field, Chicago-Lake View, IL

Destination 5 in the series "Opening Day!"

Opening Day is 1 April at 1:20 pm against the Pittsburgh Pirates. There will never been another stadium like Wrigley Field.  Located in Chicago-Lake View it is about as traditional as a stadium can get, with only Fenway Park being older.  While many other teams built (or more accurately city or state agencies) new 'retro' stadiums in downtown districts the Cubs have enjoyed this somewhat cramped neighborhood joint for 97 years.  The best aspect of this stadium is the community feeling with flats, bars, and restaurants wrapping around the complex, something a fan cannot get almost anywhere else.  For CTers the field is next to the CTA Red Line Addison Street station and the team offers an unforgettable stadium tour on non-home game weekends.  

The Ricketts family trust now owns both the team and stadium and has been  actively working to receive state funding for renovating the stadium and developing a small adjacent lot.  

For more information visit its Wikipedia entry at

Wrigley Field
1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613
800-THE-CUBS  (for baseball tickets)

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