Chicago has it all.
The city is a melting pot of culture where parades, music and film festivals fill the calendars. It’s also a cycling-friendly, foodie heaven and Sporting News called Chicago the Best Sports City three times in a row.
Wrigleyville, on the Northside, is a sports lover’s dream as Wrigley field is a stone’s throw from your front door. But there are also entertainment, an array of tantalizing food spots and a lifestyle perfect for families and youngsters.
Here are seven reasons to move to Wrigleyville.
1. The Cubs
The Chicago Cubs attracts crowds of fans and the atmosphere is electric. You can feel the energy poured from the stadium to the streets where fans unite in love for their team.
For those on budget, rooftop bars overlooking the stadium so fans can catch a glimpse of the screen and see what’s going on. Bars and restaurants screen games so no one misses out on the excitement.
When there isn’t a game, take the stadium tour given by guides who are experts on the Cubs history. The ballpark is perfect for nostalgic baseball fans as it’s not overcome with flashy technology like other modern venues.
2. Many Attractions
Wrigleyville Chicago is more than the Cub’s stomping grounds. There’s a variety of attractions to explore which don’t involve teams and stadiums.
You can visit:
Metro Chicago: This concert hall showcases emerging talent among musicians and local bands.
Rockit Burger Bar: Feast on brie-smothered burgers and catch a weekly comedy night. On Tuesday nights, the upstairs lounge hosts a Hoo Ha Comedy where many female comedians leave the audience in stitches.
Gill Park: Here, you’ll find a gym, swimming pool, and various meeting rooms. There’s also a playground and T-ball field open to the public.
Sluggers: This sports bar takes it to the next level. Patrons can enjoy Sluggers’ all-inclusive entertainment from basketball to skee ball. In winter, Sluggers also hosts an interactive show called “Dueling Pianos” in the weekend and after every Cubs home games.
Strawdog Theatre Company: For those who love Shakespeare and Chekhov with a modern twist, check out what Strawdog Theatre Company has to offer. There’s also a newly renovated bar space which hosts late-night music.
3. A Foodie’s Dream
Wrigleyville is overflowing with eateries and offers a diverse range of food options.
You should check out:
Chicago Diner: Slurp dairy-free shakes or enjoys a tasty bean burger at this exclusively vegetarian restaurant.
Bolat African Cuisine: Try their tantalizing curry goat, Piri Piri shrimp, or chicken stew.
Dimo’s Pizza: Chicago is renowned for their pizza and Dimo’s promises good quality, Chicago pizza. You can even try their unique vegan slices.
Lowcountry: For seafood lovers, this is the place for you. This casual restaurant marries crawfish boil and karaoke for a nourishing, soulful night.
Puesto Sandwich Stand: If you’re in a rush, this delicious Miami street food stand offers Latin sandwiches, stuffed corn cake, and delicious coffee.
Wrigleyville’s lifestyle is a mix of lively game days and calm lakefront activity. This perfect blend makes it a popular place for families and young professionals to live.
Families visit the park for a variety of activities and runners, walkers and runners enjoy the nearby lakefront parks and trails. There’s also Belmont Harbor for sailing (or boat watching), golfing and tennis.
As Wrigleyville is close to the lake, residents can access Lake Shore Drive easily. Lake Michigan stretches for 80 miles so it feels like you’re by the ocean and looking over the peaceful vista is the perfect way to relax.
And when there’s a game, fans fill the streets to celebrate a Cubs win or to lament a loss. Wrigleyville’s diversity accommodates to everyone’s moods and interests.
5. Great Properties
In the early 20th century, the Wrigleyville neighborhood was laid, so the streets were narrow and 100-year-old apartments lined both sides. Now, Wrigleyville offers quaint apartments, houses, and modern condos.
Go West of the ballpark and you’ll find many single- and multi-family homes along with two- and three- flat apartment buildings. If you’re seeking a waterfront property, try Lake Shore Drive where condo and apartment towers offer sweeping lake views.
6. Easy to Get Around
Car ownership isn’t necessary for living in Chicago. If you own one, prepare yourself for No Parking signs, tow zones, and challenging parallel parking. But Chicago’s transportation is great and Wrigleyville is no exception.
Buses run along Lake Shore, Broadway, and Clark, to downtown within 15 minutes (dependent on the traffic). Or, hop on the train, on the red and brown-line which runs by Wrigley Field with stations at Belmont and Addison. You can also get to the Loop within 15 minutes.
Wrigleyville is compact so you can also walk everywhere. Restaurants, stores, schools, and park are accessible from everywhere in the neighborhood.
7. You’ll Never Run Out of Things to Do
There are many things to do in Wrigleyville, and you’ll find there isn’t much reason to leave. From diverse food options to drink specials, there’s always a reason to enjoy Wrigleyville’s pulsating atmosphere.
With all the bars competing with one another, there are always cheap (or free) events such as open mic nights, trivia or live music.
Are You Ready to Move to Wrigleyville?
Whether you’re moving as a family or as a young professional, this pocket of Chicago offers activities for all ages. You can join the party on the streets on game day enjoy a meal at many of Wrigleyville’s restaurants.
If you’re interested in renting or buying a property in Wrigleyville, or anywhere else in Chicago, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us here for more details.