Sure, Chicago summers are shaped by the usual things we all love like outdoor workout classes, street fests, food trucks, concerts – the list goes on. But the fairer of the Chicago seasons wouldn’t be complete without its most favorite activity: baseball.
Aside from being one of the best cities in the world (okay, we might be a little biased) – Chicago is unique in the fact that it’s only one of two in the whole country with two major league baseball teams.
While this certainly creates a TON of opportunities to watch America’s favorite pastime, it can also create a ton of (friendly) rivalries – some of which can reach pretty heated temperatures, especially during the annual Crosstown Classic series!
However, whether your favorite color scheme is black and white or you grew up listening to bedtime stories of a certain billy goat curse, we can all agree there’s nothing quite like catching a game in the sunshine with a cold beverage and a Chicago-style dog. The sun on your face, the excited possibility of catching a fly – there’s nothing quite like it.
Didn’t snag tix for this year’s friendly faceoff? We’ve highlighted three Chicago bars perfect for watching the game, regardless of if you’re a White Sox or a Cubs fan (or both – no judgement here.)
For Those Who Bleed Blue: Sports Corner – 956 W. Addison
Less than a 15-minute walk from FFC East Lakeview, The Sports Corner is a home away from home for Chicago Cubbie fans. With a great list of starters, chili and burgers (among other things), this spot is an ideal place to watch the Crosstown Series AND get your eat on.
Not to mention, the extensive beverage menu won’t leave you wanting anything. If you do stop by to watch the game (on one of almost 30 screens, no less), make sure to check out the upstairs floor – the balcony offers amazing views of Wrigley that make you feel like you’re at the park. You can even hear the seventh inning stretch to sing along!
For Those With South Side Pride: Turtles Bar & Grill – 238 W. 33rd Street
Under a 10-minute walk from U.S. Cellular Field, Turtle’s Bar & Grill is a favorite Southpaw hangout for neighborhood locals and sports fans alike. With a homemade menu, good craft beers and a cider selection beyond your typical tap, this Bridgeport-area pit stop should be on your list of places to try. Speaking of try – you’ve GOT to try the garlic fries!
While the place can get packed, there is outdoor sidewalk seating for the warmer days of the season. Though, we’ll bet the crowd would make for a pretty electric atmosphere during the crosstown series!!
For The All-Around Chicago Fan: Trophy Room – 170 W. Ontario
Being a Chicago fan through and through, FFC holds no judgement to baseball fans who root for both teams. Can’t pick a side? No problem. Head to neutral ground in River North and make a stop at the Trophy Room!
Decked out with 35 TVs (including two 90” screens, which all show up to 8 different shows/events at one time) you won’t miss an angle of any game in this place.
The extensive drink menu features craft beers sourced from the Chicagoland area, a well-rounded wine list & mixology-based cocktails. 16 draft beers are available from 22 different taps plus over two-dozen beers available by the bottle! Food-wise, Trophy Room features a great selection of starter plates, salads, pastas, Panini & desserts, but their stone-fired pizzas are the star of the show. With 18 different red and white sauce pizzas with local & imported toppings to mix and match, there is definitely something to please everyone.
There you have it! See one we missed? Tag us with #FFCChicago or leave it in the comments!