Spring is finally here, and it’s not the only thing in full swing. Baseball is on once again! Chicago has two teams to root for: the Cubs on the North side, and the White Sox on the South. That means twice the fans, twice the fun, and twice the bars! Loyalties are strictly divided between the two teams, but no matter whose colors you’re wearing, you can find some great places to pump you up for that seventh-inning stretch.
In Wrigleyville, the area surrounding the Cubs’ historic Wrigley Field, you’ll find plenty of bars to revel in. The Cubby Bear sits kitty cornered to the stadium, and most days you can get their Cubby Blue Bombs for $4 a piece. Murphy’s Bleachers offers no shortage of Irish charm, and when the Cubs are away, look for specials like $3 brats and $5 Italian beefs. Sluggers Bar is a must stop when you’re headed to the game. Their huge space has room for everyone, and between a dance floor and dueling pianos, you might just have too much fun to leave. If all the cheering left you famished, try The Stretch Bar & Grill and their Build-Your-Own-Burger. On game days $5 domestics bottles are an easy grab.
Around U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox, the bars are a little more spread out, but still worth a stop. Schaller’s Pump bills itself as the #1 Sox bar, and it offers fans free parking for games. Three blocks north of the field, Rocky’s offers a classy menu and a huge beer garden in which to enjoy it. An Irish pub is always a good choice, and Cork & Kerry was named as one of Chicago’s best bars by Chicago Magazine. If you don’t want to miss a moment of the action, however, your best bet is Bacardi in the Park. As part of U.S. Cellular Field, you can grab a drink without fear of missing the first pitch.
No matter where you go, you’re sure to have a blast with the most enthusiastic fans in Chicago. Batter up!