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  • J Tusky
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    Wrigleyville was great. FRIENDLY people everywhere. Field is legendary. However, needs way more room underneath(like Fenway). Humm? The seater was not nice to me. I can see Winckowski's point about it being "stock standard." The extreme security(I get that) with their secret service look lessened the atmosphere. No smiles or conversations. Boo. Maybe should have had bleacher seats. I wouldn't call it underwhelming, but I would say MLB has their cooperate systems that make Wrigley more like other parks. Well... it's a Major League baseball game. I enjoyed Camden, Fenway, Oracle(now) and Wrigley all about the same. Fenway a little more. ( ;
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • William C
    Toledo, OH121 contributions
    The "Boys of Summer" (aka: the Cubs) are just north of this bastion of equality in Chicago. Going back to the late 70s and early 80s, this was a neighborhood in transition. You could pick up a condo conversion fairly reasonably. It was the absolute essence of gentrification. Finally, it emerged as an upscale area, and the reasonably-priced condos were no more.

    Over the years, though, it has slipped from its glory days. There are still shops, restaurants, and of course, the Treasure Island. But many of the novelty or one-of-a-kind shops have disappeared. There are several really nice hotels in the area, and it's a pleasant departure from the Loop or the Magnificent Mile. You can saunter down to LSD (Lake Shore Drive) and Lake Michigan.

    Back in those 70s, and 80s, you could find a dozen parking spots on any given street - even at 2AM. Now, parking is at a premium. In some cases, permits are required, so be very careful where you park. The CTA serves the area with buses on Halsted, Broadway, and Sheridan.
    Written 18 July 2019
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,647 contributions
    Ask 10 people familiar with the Wrigleyville neighborhood on Chicago's North Side to point out its borders on a map and you'll probably get 10 different answers. Irving Park Road or Grace Street to the north. Newport or Cornelia to the south. Sheffield or Fremont or Halsted to the east. Southport or Racine or Ashland to the west. Go figure. But everybody agrees that Wrigleyville is a popular year-round destination for locals and tourists who enjoy what the area around Clark and Addison has to offer--restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, souvenir stalls and gift shops--whether the hometown favorite Chicago Cubs are playing or not. Established in 1914, Wrigley Field is the centerpiece and namesake of this former working-class neighborhood. Today, it is a tourist hub that swells with activity during Cubs home games. It is densely populated with lively sports bars and cool pubs. Baseball-themed gift shops line Sheffield, Addison and Clark Streets. Iconic Metro, a 1,000-seat music hall which opened in 1982, has hosted shows by Bob Dylan, Nirvana, R.E.M. and Kanye West. Outside Wrigley Field is open-air Gallagher Way, a popular gathering place for neighbors, locals and visitors all year long. It hosts farmer markets, outdoor concerts and film screenings. When the Cubs play at home, fans without tickets watch the game on a large screen in Gallagher Way. Suggestion: If you are going to a game, take the Addison Street or Clark Street bus. Don't try to drive and park. During the offseason, arrange to tour the stadium and learn by Wrigley Field's storied past. Or go to the Music Box Theatre, which opened in 1929 and is the city's premier cinema for independent movies, documentaries, foreign films and adult classics. And you can buy a bag of popcorn with real butter. The atmosphere during the games is always exciting, especially if you sit in the bleachers or the rooftops, but fans experience even more fun after the last pitch when they gather at one of Wrigleyville's restaurants or bars. Favorites include Murphy's Bleachers, the favorite watering hole of tried-and-true Cubs fans, the Cubby Bear, GMan Tavern and Nisei Lounge, which opened in 1951 and is the oldest bar in Wrigleyville. Other popular venues include Byron's Hot Dogs, Lucky's Sandwich Company, Lowcountry, Cozy Noodles & Rice, Uncommon Ground, Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern, Sluggers, Shake Shack, Mordecai, Smoke Daddy BBQ, Big Star Wrigleyville, Bernie's Tap & Grill, Goose Island, Rockit Burger Bar and Guthrie's Tavern. In Wrigleyville, the game is a bonus.
    Written 8 October 2020
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  • lag726
    Saint Charles, MO186 contributions
    We were at the rooftops on Saturday and had a blast! The only complaint was the chicken was a bit over cooked. We enjoyed the wide variety of food and drink and loved the outdoor seating. The male bartenders were great, as was the food service staff! Great times, great memories!
    Written 23 September 2019
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  • JazzyShar
    Chicago, IL84 contributions
    The Mercury Theater is a very quaint and intimate theater. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. The sound was excellent. I attended the Women of Soul production; it was awesome.
    Written 7 March 2022
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  • JazzyShar
    Chicago, IL84 contributions
    What a great little theater with huge character, and a nice size lounge area…From the outside the theater looks uninviting. It’s an older theater that features International films. However, upon entry (we were looking for a place to have drinks prior to our play) we were pleasantly surprised. The theater has a full bar, a spacious lounge area, and friendly staff. The lounge was so warm and comfy…it can be rented for private events!!!
    Written 7 March 2022
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  • Calish
    Chicago, IL556 contributions
    I didn’t have any issue with the theater, I think it’s very convenience and cozy, perfect if you want to see your favorite artist close by without paying high price to be on front row. Since the theater isn’t that big from any angle you can see good the stage, I was on the mezzanine section in seat 401 and I loved my view to the stage of the concert I attended. Only I think they should improve maybe was the women’s bathroom because before getting to the concert the line to got into the bathroom was so long that they have girls had to use boys bathroom. Other than this great place and perfect location.
    Written 15 May 2019
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  • CheekyLondon
    Southend-on-Sea, UK1,762 contributions
    We went here to see the Blue Man Group. It was a very unusual and interesting show. The people we were with didn't think it was up to the previous Blue Man show that they had seen, but we had no comparison so we thought it was a bit of fun. The theatre is very basic with scaffold style appearance. There is a small bar and a small gift shop. They are very strict about showing covid certificates and wearing masks.
    Written 8 December 2021
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  • Kenneth M
    Milwaukee, WI1 contribution
    Enjoyable performance of a classic movie. Cast was good and the presentation was unique. Generally very entertaining.
    Written 15 January 2020
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  • Adam P
    Port Saint Lucie, FL377 contributions
    We held an event on one of the rooftops for 150 people. The facility is split into three floors with and indoor bar, outdoor bar and bleachers overlooking the park to see the game. Everyone that attended had a good time and the overall feedback on the event was very positive. I would suggest holding events here in the future!
    Written 6 October 2019
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  • NYCitian
    New York City, NY109 contributions
    I took a 12$ cab ride from N Michigan to explore this growing area which reminds me a bit of some Brooklyn neighborhoods. Cool theater, paid 36$ for Ann Washburn's '10 out of 12" and found it quite entertaining even though the play seems to attract mostly a crowd that is in the theater business. Friendly staff including at the bar during intermission.
    Written 20 March 2017
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  • ELKW
    United States11,496 contributions
    it's a beautiful mansion, but now become the salvation army college for officer's training, it has a big lawn, and inside the house, there is a grand living room, the floor of the corridor has very classic patterns, the ceiling also has decoration, at the end of the corridor, you can look through the glass and see the lawn. The elevator used was one of the oldest. There is a library room as well.
    Written 16 December 2017
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  • BiggieSauls
    Texarkana, TX375 contributions
    Came for a Pearl Jam concert. Enjoyed the area and all the sights. Wonderful and historic. Good afternoon/evening stroll.
    Written 28 November 2018
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  • Foodsthatsright
    Chicago, IL156 contributions
    If you are looking for a Catholic church in Chicago, this one is a great choice! The very welcoming parish located in the Lakeview neighborhood (near Wrigley), offers free parking. It is a beautiful church with a warm parish community. It is near restaurants so you can enjoy breakfast after Mass.
    Written 13 June 2018
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  • Tonya F
    Oklahoma City, OK7 contributions
    You cannot pick the cats up. Most of the older cats were asleep. A few kittens were very playful. $15 per person includes drink. Very clean environment
    Written 12 November 2019
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