The Wrigleyville section of Lakeview, formerly a working-class neighborhood, is defined by its roots in baseball and sports. The famed Wrigley Field
, home of the Chicago Cubs
, was built in the early 1900s and attracted those with a love for the game. The neighborhood is sometimes described as a ballpark and bars. But people do live and work here. Shops and businesses are most likely to have a sports or baseball theme however. Once you venture 20 steps from the main shopping, restaurant and bar/club areas, you’ll find yourself in beautifully maintained tree-lined streets, with charming brownstones with large windows and detailing similar to other upscale neighborhoods. Particular to Wrigleyville are the low-rise brick buildings and houses with rooftop bleachers colloquially called Wrigley Rooftops. People can purchase seats to watch baseball games on these rooftops. Tickets for seats may be a bit more expensive than tickets within the park itself, but all you can eat and drink service is usually included. Proprietors are able to do so under special agreements with the Chicago Cubs organization.The neighborhood also attracts theater buffs. The Stage Left Theatre
features live theater and produces plays with a focus on political and social issues. The Music Box Theatre
is a historical movie house which plays current movies and is well known for its enormous, intricate interior that hearkens back to its origins in the 1920’s. The Improv Olympic
is improvisational theater depending heavily on audience participation.
Music lovers are also a drawn to the area. Several of the bars are big music venues at night. One, The Wild Hare features live Reggae music 7 days a week. The Cubby Bear is famous for live music and Metro is one of Chicago’s premier live entertainment venues. Of course, Wrigley Field’s immense stadium shadow’s everything in Wrigleyville. The stadium was built in 1914 for a total cost of $250,000 and is the second oldest park in the Major Leagues. It was built to house the Chicago Federals of the Federal League and is now home to the beloved Chicago Cubs. Despite the Wrigleyville’s preoccupation with the Cubs and baseball, it has a distinctly residential feel and its charm is ideal for quiet strolls along the sidewalks off the main streets. It is one of Chicago’s most spirited neighborhoods with the welcome mat out for baseball and sports fans from around the world.