Chicago Neighborhoods

Where To Live In Chicago: Wrigleyville

February 7, 2012
Tags: Lifestyle , Restaurants , Sports , Wrigleyville

In a neighborhood where a cub reigns as king, Wrigleyville is a fantastic place to live for those who love hot dogs, Cracker Jacks and America’s favorite pastime.

Main Attraction

Drawn around the infamous Wrigley Field - home of the Chicago Cubs - Wrigleyville has much to offer from brats to bars. Located north of downtown Chicago, this hoppin’ part of town has a reputation for being a great place to grab a cold refreshment, watch some sports and enjoy some Chicago nightlife! Bars and restaurants have set up shop in Wrigleyville and offer a variety of different types of entertainment.

Starting out with the most obvious activity for Wrigleyville residents, 81 days out of the year the north side’s beloved Cubs host home games in the heart of the neighborhood. Wrigley Field - which has served as the home of the Cubs since 1916 - is one of the most historic baseball venues in the nation.

Whether you’re sitting behind home plate, in the outfield bleachers, on a rooftop or just standing outside the stadium, you’re assured to have a great time among many friends at Wrigley. As always, make sure you know the infamous, “Go Cubs Go!” song!

Where To Go

So, what else does one do for fun in Wrigleyville? Well, nightlife is certainly one of the perks of living in this neighborhood. To most, the area is known for its rowdier crowds. If it’s gameday (Cubs!), you can expect some of the bars close to the stadium to be full of Cubs fans.

Our friend and Redeye Chicago nightlife reporter, Emily Van Zandt, suggests a few lesser-known bars and shops in Wrigley:

  • Pick Me Up Café This brightly painted Clark Street spot stays open 24 hours on the weekends churning out diner favorites (many with a vegetarian twist) for breakfast, lunch and late night. The spot also has a small selection of beers and mixed drinks and some killer dessert choices. One of the few spots on the street that has a more hipster lean.
  • Blokes & Birds One of the many great gastropubs in Chicago, be sure to head downstairs for a round of pool with your fish & chips.
  • Toons Many people call this Southport bar’s wings the best in the neighborhood. Expect it to be super crowded on gamedays.
  • Southport Grocery Folks along Southport love their brunch, and the wait times here can be killer on Sunday mornings. But the wait is worth it—the food is delish, and you can grab a cupcake to-go for later that afternoon.
  • Deuce’s and the Diamond Club This newer Clark Street spot has a killer patio for warm months and hosts lots of events in its more-lounge-than-sports-bar upstairs section.

Be sure to follow Emily on Twitter at @redeyedrinks for the best tips and information about Chicago nightlife!

To see more bar and restaurant listings in Wrigleyville, check out these tips from Metromix Chicago.

What To See

If you’re a fan of music, Wrigleyville has a very popular venue called The Metro. With events every weekend, bands and entertainers from all over the country visit The Metro to perform.

For those who need a good laugh, we’d suggest the famous iO Comedy Club, located one-half block south of Wrigley Field. Founded in the 1980s, iO Chicago has been the comedy birthplace of some of the biggest stars on television and in movies.

Before they were well-known, celebrities such as Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Tina Fey, Seth Meyers, Jason Sudeikis, Amy Poehler and many more have performed for crowds at this location over the years. ImprovOlympics Chicago has shows every night of the week and offers very affordable ticket prices for anyone who loves comedy or just needs a good laugh.


If you’re looking for some of Chicago’s premium shopping, you probably won’t find it in Wrigleyville. Based on the nature of sports, most of the merchandise pertains to the Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears or Bulls.

That said, there are a number of small shops located along N. Clark St. that provide a unique shopping experience. A fun place to visit is Strange Cargo - a place you will find some of the wackiest t-shirts, hats and other apparel in the city! If you’re going to live in Chicago, you must own at least one Mike Ditka shirt and Strange Cargo is the best place in town to get it.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is easily accessible in Wrigleyville, with the Addison Red Line ‘L’ stop located right outside the stadium. The CTA also has many bus routes which can take you to downtown via Clark St. (#22) or to other nearby neighborhoods. If you have your own transportation, most of the housing in this area require a paid parking permits to park along the street.

Housing in Wrigleyville

To see a video of Wrigleyville and find out a little more information about its surroundings, check out our Wrigleyville page.

Chicago Apartment Finders has multiple apartments and flats available in Wrigleyville. We have leasing agents who are more than happy to drive you to these locations and give you a tour. If you have any questions or would like to view apartments in Wrigleyville, please feel free to contact us at 1-888-FINDERS.


Matt Barsanti February 10, 2012
Buena Park is my most favorite neighborhood in the city! Quiet neighborhood that is close to all the action! Right on the lake. Right by the red line train. Great restaurants and great people! Check out Buena Park on your next apartment search!

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