An Out-of-the-Ballpark Trip to Wrigleyville
How to get there
Driving to Wrigleyville usually means paying a lot for parking. Consider these tips before you go.
Parking On game days, this will not be easy or cheap. Metered spots on major roads have two-hour maximums, and side streets have game-day and nighttime restrictions. On game days, your options are to pay upwards of $25 to park in one of the little lots scattered across the neighborhood, or park in the big lot at Addison and Western avenues and take the shuttle to Wrigley Field. Many Wrigleyville residents let people pay to park in their garages, so you'll see people standing with homemade signs waving you into their alleys.
Public transportation Coming from a hotel downtown? The Red Line on the El train stops at Addison, less than a block from Wrigley Field (which is at Clark and Addison). While the trains are crowded, this is the easiest way to get to this neighborhood when there's a Cubs game (chicago-l.org). For those coming from the suburbs, Pace buses run express shuttles between both Woodfield Mall in northwest suburban Schaumburg and Yorktown Mall in west suburban Lombard. Either will drop you off right in front of the park and costs just $4 per person each way (pacebus.com).
Pictured: Clark Street, where Salt and Pepper dishes up 1950s diner favorites, hops at night.
For more info and to plan your trip, contact the Chicago Office of Tourism, which has a special page on its site about Wrigleyville (877/244-2246; explorechicago.org).
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® May/June 2010.)