Put us in coach! We are more than ready for the Cubs home opener tonight at our much-loved Wrigley Field. Though we have White Sox fans on our editorial team, and have even been known to cheer for non-Chicago teams now and again, there is nothing quite like Wrigleyville, especially on opening day. Outside of the park, the whole city will be celebrating the first season in more than 100 years where we will be cheering for a World Series-winning Chicago Cubs team. With such a big game ahead, we have our favorite spots to root for our home team.
To fully get in the Wrigleyville spirit, head to Rockit Burger Bar first thing this morning! They will be open at 11 am, with more than fifteen draft beers, and an expansive whisky menu, you can start the party early here. Pair your drink of choice with one of their signature, and super creative, burgers to have you full of food as well as Cubs spirit. If you’re still craving eats after the game ends (hopefully in a win), they also have a late night menu with crave-able items like Jumbo Chicken Wings or Salsa & Guac.
This Streeterville location will show the game on 74 screens (yes, that’s right, seventy-four!). Chef Corey Grupe’s featured dishes will be Chicago Dog Fries, which are a dreamy pile of french fries topped with beef hot dog, mustard, onion, relish, pickle, tomato, sport peppers and celery salt. There will also be the classic Chicago-style Hot Dogs with Windy City toppings like mustard, onion, relish, dill pickle, tomato, sport peppers and celery salt. Pair your stadium-inspired specials with $4 canned craft brews, $14 Miller/Coors pitchers of beer, $17.50 Miller family buckets of beer, $7 Grey Goose cocktails and $10 Grey Goose martinis. That is a whole lot of food to get excited for, but make sure to save some cheering for game time.
If you have to work tomorrow (cue sobbing), you can still raise a glass to our team after you log out for the day. The Gray, located in the heart of the Loop, will be hosting a special extended wine hour in their Robie Room from 5 – 10 PM, featuring wine and Old Style beer with ballpark snacks and sweets while you watch the game from the cozy room. There will also be a Tie Bar with Cubs themed accessories (ties, pocket squares, socks, lapel pins) with all proceeds donated to National Runaway Safeline in Lakeview (a Cubs Charity).
With locations in Lincoln Square and Andersonville, Cubs fans all over can enjoy Jerry’s Chicago Beef Sandwich made with pot roast, fresh mozzarella and giardinera, while Dodgers fans (gasp!) can delight in Jerry’s California Veggie Delight made with fried tofu, avocado, asparagus and cheddar. The special Opening Day sandwiches include the choice of two side dishes. Each location will show the game on two screens, and be open at 11 am so you can cheer early and often.
There is no spot more iconic in Wrigleyville than Murphy’s. It’s open air, a stone’s throw from the ball park, and has been a fixture for Cubs fans since the 1930s. Dig into their award-winning ribs, or grab a 1/2 pound burger to go, but make sure to get there early! Because this spot is so well-known, it is packed with Cubs fans long before game time. Also, anyone aside from die hard Cubs fans need not apply. This is where the real Cubbies-lovers of all ages go so get up to date on stats, the full team roster and more.