Looking for a Chicago location that will load all the bases? Then you'll have a hit run with the meeting and event venues in Wrigleyville, the charming area surrounding Wrigley Field, the beloved home to the Chicago Cubs. How beloved? Neighborhood brownstones have small rooftop bleachers (named "Wrigley Roofs") that serve as extensions of Wrigley Field for game days.
Bordered by Halsted Street on the east, Ashland Avenue on the west, Roscoe Street on the south and Byron Street on the north, Wrigleyville is just north of downtown Chicago and easily navigated via public transportation. Wrigleyville is easily reached via Chicago's Midway International and O'Hare International airports.
The neighborhood is rightly known for its love of the game, as the numerous restaurants, bars, entertainment clubs and other sports-flavored venues in Wrigleyville can attest. The Cubby Bear entertainment complex, restaurant and sports bar features private event space for up to 1,200 guests, complete with stunning views of the Wrigley Field marquee. Wrigleyville's Irish Oak, located just one block from the ballpark, was voted the best Irish pub in the country by MSNBC in 2010 and features an interior largely imported from Ireland.
Of course, visitors and meeting participants can catch a game or tour the iconic ballpark, with stops at the clubhouses, dugouts, on-deck circles, press box, bleachers and mezzanine suites. Wrigley Field also doubles as a Wrigleyville meeting venue, as groups can hold private events in such spaces as the Batter's Eye suite, Stadium Club, Bleacher Patio and even on-field.
Meeting participants can also gather at the legendary reggae club coined The Wild Hare, as well as the classic Music Box Theatre, a movie house built in 1929 which offers 300 shows annually. A leader in sustainable dining, Uncommon Ground is a restaurant, art gallery and music hall in one, complete with the first certified organic rooftop farm in the country.
Wrigleyville dining venues with private event space include Vines on Clark, a sports pub and eatery located just across from the Field. The Curse serves up delicious pub fare, including popular sausages and brats, while Goose Island specializes in live music, American fare and Chicago craft beer.
Other Wrigleyville cultural venues include Links Hall, an independent dance and performance space, as well as Metro, an independent live alternative and rock venue with a 1,150-person capacity that still offers an intimate vibe – the back of the Metro's performance space is just 25 feet away from the stage.
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