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The perfect neighborhood for the sports fan, Wrigleyville is home to the iconic Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

The historic ballpark (which celebrated its centennial in 2014) is getting a facelift to debut in sparkling new fashion in April of 2015, but Chicago’s most famous neighborhood doesn’t go silent in the offseason.

Wrigleyville, which lies within the larger Lakeview neighborhood, is popular among young adults for its array of sports bars, music venues, restaurants and - more recently - upscale shopping on Southport.

If you’re a runner or cyclist, Wrigleyville is perfect for squeezing in a jog or ride down Chicago’s famous Lakefront Trail along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Run or ride with the Chicago skyline beckoning you and Lincoln Park spreading before you.

Come summertime, you’re a short walk or bike ride to beaches, water sports, and volleyball courts.

Wrigleyville Vacation Rentals

When you get a vacation rental in Wrigleyville, you’re in the center of Chicago’s sports scene.

At Home Inn Chicago offers four rental apartments in Wrigleyville and Lakeview, most within walking distance of the ballpark and neighboring attractions. Choose a one, two, or four-bedroom vacation rental apartment in Wrigleyville, each fully equipped with everything you’ll need.

Wrigleyville Live Music

The Metro:  A couple blocks from Wrigley, this 30 year-old venue attracts the country’s best up-and-coming rock acts. Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M. all played here in their lesser-known days.

Schuba’s:  A bar with a cozy stage in back, great new acts pass through it’s doors nightly, offering an affordable place to see the next big thing. Dave Matthews, Modest Mouse, Feist, and My Morning Jacket all played here in their early days!

The Music Box:  Over on Southport stands the Music Box Theatre, an alternative theatre showing documentaries, rare films, and classics movies. This historic theater dates to the 1920s and offers a step back to a time when movie houses were grand affairs.

Best Wrigleyville Bars and Restaurants

Guthries:  Our favorite neighborhood bar in the area and one of the best in the city. Cozy, great craft beer selection, and every board game you ever loved available to you!

Cubby Bear:  Live music makes this a prime nightstop, and a bustling game-day atmosphere makes it a required part of your Wrigley experience.

Rose Angelis:  A reasonably-priced hidden gem for Italian food in Lincoln Park.

Barrelhouse Flat:  Another one in neighboring Lincoln Park, the Barrelhouse is a comfortable spot for fine craft cocktails and delicious flavored popcorn (just try it).

Other Great Music and Performance Venues Near Wrigleyville:

The Riviera Theatre:  Opened in 1917, this gem of the historic Uptown Theater District hosts music of all genres, attracting big names in a medium-sized venue. Tickets sell fast so look in advance!

Lincoln Hall:  Concert hall hosts emerging bands near Lincoln Park. Tickets range from $10 - $20, with a full bar open till 2 am. Expect a fun-filled night in a cozy, affordable venue not far from your Wrigleyville vacation rental apartment.

Kingston Mines:  Chicago’s home for blues, “The Mines” opened in 1968 and hosts music nightly. Blues greats B.B. King and Magic Slim have performed in the duel-staged club that has been named the best blues club in the city. As owner Doc Pellegrino rasps, “hear blues, drink booze, talk loud – You’re among friends!”

B.L.U.E.S.:  Local blues in a small, personable venue.

The Green MIll Cocktail Lounge:  The home of Chicago Jazz, the Green Mill is an experience all its own. Settle in with your drink, pipe down, and listen to incredible musicians at a place once a favorite of Al Capone.

The Vic:  Since 1912, the Vic has delivered entertainment to Chicago. The roughly 1,000-seat venue attracts big names in an intimate setting right in the heart of the neighborhood.

Improv Olympic Smart, hilarious improv comedy in the vein of the more famous Second City Theater.

Comedy Sportz:  A minor league affiliate of The Second City, with improv comedy in a friendly all-ages setting.

Transportation

One of the top benefits of vacationing in Wrigleyville is the ease of public transportation to whisk you downtown cheaply and easily. Public transit in Chicago is excellent, and although the systems are easy to use, using the CTA website or Google Maps for trip planning is always a good idea. Google Maps is very accurate for Chicago Public Transit - it’s what we use.  

A one-way train or bus fare is $2.25 per person.  If you intend to use public transit multiple times throughout your trip, consider an unlimited 3 day or 7 day pass.  These are available at any CVS Pharmacy or Walgreens.

The CTA Red Line picks you up Addison. You can take that down to the Loop in about 25 minutes, or you can transfer to the Red Line at Fullerton (an easy switch) and get there about 10 minutes quicker.

On the CTA Red Line, get off at (transfer to the Brown Line at Belmont or Fullerton):

Chicago: The Gold Coast, Water Tower Place, Hancock, and the Magnificent Mile.

Grand:  Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile,Riverwalk, Chicago Riverboat Architecture Tours

Monroe, Jackson:  Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park

Harrison, Jackson, Roosevelt:  Grant Park

Roosevelt:  Museum Campus, including the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field

Monroe:  Millenium Park, The Bean, Pritzker Pavillion

Cermak/ Chinatown:  Chinatown

North and Clybourn:  Steppenwolf, Apple Store, Allinea, Goose Island Brewery

Fullerton:  Lincoln Park, DePaul, Transfer to Brown Line

Sox/ 35th:  U.S. Cellular Field

On the CTA Brown Line get off at (transfer to the Red Line at Belmont or Fullerton):

Quincey/ Wells:  Willis Tower

Adams/Wabash:  Art Institute of Chicago

Madison/Wabash:  Riverwalk, Chicago Architecture Tours, Millenium Park, The Bean, Pritzker Pavillion

CTA Busses

Busses can be used to access a multitude of the Chicagoland area’s attractions, including Michigan Avenue. Google Maps has accurate directions for using the bus system.

Cabs

You can usually flag down a cab quickly, but we also love Uber, a simple mobile app you can use to have a cab come right to your door. The app has clear pricing and allows you to split your fare with other riders.

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