An Out-of-the-Ballpark Trip to Wrigleyville
A blend of then and now
Parts of the old Wrigleyville still thrive today. You can settle on a wooden picnic bench at Murphy's Bleachers, a no-frills bar a few feet from Wrigley Field's outfield bleachers, and wander past beautiful brownstone homes on leafy, tree-lined streets.
But Clark Street now also teems with big, sleek bars and restaurants, many offering high-end twists on ethnic foods. You'll find shiny dark wood and plasma TVs, attracting fans who just spent several hundred dollars to go to a baseball game (and to watch a team that, unfortunately, hasn't won a World Series in 102 years).
And there's more. The area's shops and entertainment appeal to a wide variety of visitors: cinephiles who croon along with the movies at the Music Box Theater; kids in Goth- and punk-style clothes lining up for concerts at the Metro; power moms pushing strollers into Krista K Maternity + Baby, one of dozens of independent specialty clothing boutiques along Southport.
Pictured: Bins and displays of colorful, classic candies tempt shoppers at Candyality.