If you’re a sports enthusiast, namely a baseball fan, Wrigleyville is the perfect place to make your home base. This iconic Illinois community is named for Wrigley Field, stomping grounds of the Chicago Cubs. For many Cub fans, living next door to their beloved stadium is a dream. If you’re lucky enough to have the chance to move in, here’s a guide to get you acquainted with the new neighborhood. Learn about housing options, transportation, best eateries, food markets, and attractions. Welcome to our town!
Housing in Wrigleyville
Wrigleyville is a community within Lakeville on Chicago’s North Side. A lively locale, the area hosts quaint apartments and houses. Here are the average rental fees for apartments range between $1025 for a studio to $2600 for a three-bedroom unit. At the heart of town is the baseball stadium. Many Wrigley apartment rooftops feature bleachers where seats are rented for viewing baseball games and concerts.
Many homes are multi-flat buildings, featuring Chicago Greystone architecture with limestone facades, similar to Brownstones in New York City. Classical Revival is the most common style, harking back to the neighborhood’s development in the 1930s. According to Zillow, the average home value is $416,600, reflecting a 5.6 percent increase over the past year. Values are expected to rise 3.3 percent in 2017.
Regarding Lakeville demographics, 40 percent of townspeople are homeowners, and 68 percent are single. The median age is 28 and 80 percent of residents are college educated.
The Best Nearby Eateries
If you favor Irish cuisine (or drinks), you’re in luck! Wrigleyville houses numerous pubs. Other nationalities are also represented in this culturally diverse neighborhood. As of April 2016, here are some of the area’s most popular eateries:
- Bolat African Cuisine – Recommended fare are the curry goat, piri piri shrimp, fried yams, and doro wat, translated “chicken stew.”
- Chicago Diner – This vegetarian gem is a longstanding establishment.
- Lowcountry – A casual restaurant specializing in seafood, you can also take your turn at karaoke.
- HB Home Bistro – This romantic storefront tavern is praised by Zagat, Yelp, Michelin, and Trip Advisor.
- Dimo’s Pizza – The doughy delight comes in many guises, including vegan slices.
- Puesto Sandwich Stand – Here you’ll relish Miami street food, starring Latin sandwiches, stuffed corn cakes called “arepas,” and coffees.
- Pick Me Up Café – Open 24 hours during weekends, this organic vegetarian eatery has a cozy vibe and vintage decor.
- TAC Quick – The best place to savor Thai cuisine.
Getting to the Grocery Store
While there are several neighborhood grocery stores, the top-rated grocer is Whole Foods Market, which specializes in organic food. Though nearby Alta Vista Foods is small, it stocks a wide variety of products. Best Buy Grocery features helpful staff, low cost, and a cache of goods. G N S Foods is a corner store, selling fresh produce, packaged foods, snacks, and household supplies at great prices. Southport Grocery and Cafe has a welcoming ambiance, with an eclectic breakfast and brunch menu.
Transportation is Great
Living in Wrigleyville means easy access to public transportation. Here are some of the best options:
The CTA Red Line “L” train stops at Addison Station. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes, with all stops and connections announced. Both the train and station are handicapped accessible. The fare is $2.25 per adult, $1.10 for children ages 7 through 11, and $.75 for students with a permit. Kids under age 7 ride free with a paying adult.
Bus #22 traverses Clark Street, running every 10 to 20 minutes daily through mid-evening. During late evening and throughout the night, it runs every 30 minutes. Stops are roughly every two blocks, and all buses are handicapped accessible. Tickets cost $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 7 through 11. Kids under age 7 ride free with a paying adult. Students pay $.75 with a permit.
Half of Wrigleyville’s residents commute to work by public transportation. Roughly 4 percent walk to work and 39 percent travel by car.
Best of Neighborhood Attractions
When the Cubs aren’t home, there are plenty of other attractions in Wrigleyville to keep everyone entertained. These are some of the highlights:
- Chicago Auto Show – The longest and largest car show in the US, this annual event displays hundreds of vehicles, including latest model SUVs, trucks, and cars. In 2017, the show will run for nine days, from February 11-20.
- Metro Chicago – This concert hall presents emerging talent among musicians and bands, both local and national.
- Gill Park – The field house at this park includes a gym, swimming pool, and meeting rooms. The grounds host a playground and T-ball field.
- Sluggers – The second level of this sports bar features all-inclusive entertainment, including basketball, batting cages, skee ball, pop-a-shot, air hockey, and arcade games. The interactive show “Dueling Pianos” runs Friday and Saturday nights in winter and after every Cubs home game.
Taking in Everything Cubs Related
At the “best classic ballpark in the world,” the energy is electric. Fans take great pride in their home team, cheering wildly! No matter where you sit, the view is fantastic. You can even see fellow spectators on Wrigley Rooftops.
Take the stadium tour given by engaging guides, passionate about Cubs history! The ballpark lacks the distractions of modern venues. You’re not visually assaulted by videos or deafened by rap music. For nostalgic baseball, recalling former times, Wrigley Field is ideal. Adding to the mass appeal, admission is a steal!