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jinglejangle May 30, 2011 02:28 PM

Hi, I've read many posts about food on the way to Wrigley or post-game places but not much about the food in Wrigley. Is there a particular reason for that? Is the food not worthy? Do you recommend getting Italian beef sandwiches at Al's or Portillo's and bringing them into the game? Also, just curious, what are the beer prices like in Wrigley? Going to 2 games so curious how much money the game-time libations will set me back (I'm sure they can't beat the the $12 pint of Stella or $9 cup of Bud at Yankee Stadium). Thanks.

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    danimalarkey Jun 2, 2011 10:46 AM

    If you see stuff from Goose Island at Wrigley, check that out. Goose is Chicago's oldest brewery still in operation (23 years!) and their line-up is very solid. Probably as expensive as anything else, but at least it's made locally! Their 312 (an Urban Wheat Ale) is light-bodied, very crisp while the Honker's Ale is a little maltier and fuller-bodied. There's a brewpub down the street from the field where you can get a wide variety of Goose Island beers with a better-than-it-needs-to-be food menu.

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    Goose Island Brewpub
    3535 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

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      Leadmine Jun 2, 2011 06:18 AM

      Went to a Cubs game last week. Hit up Hot Doug's early on - since the wait was around 2 hours - and then caught the bus to the game. Highly recommend these hot dogs for pre-game.

      Afterward we bar hopped down Clark St and really enjoyed Johnny O'Hagan's and the 32 oz beers at the Hofbrau house.

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      Hot Doug's
      3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

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        shaja May 30, 2011 08:02 PM

        We were just there on Friday. Nsxtasy's memory re the beer prices is spot on, although we noticed buying it at the concession stands instead of from the vendors was a pinch cheaper. The food is what it is, nothing remarkable, although Mr. Shaja was taken with the individual pan pizzas.

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          jinglejangle May 31, 2011 05:10 PM

          Thanks so much for the update. I may be doing most of my drinking before the game since I've been leaning more towards vodka drinks lately than beer, but my friends will definetly appreciate it.

        2. nsxtasy May 30, 2011 02:51 PM

          >> Hi, I've read many posts about food on the way to Wrigley or post-game places but not much about the food in Wrigley. Is there a particular reason for that? Is the food not worthy?

          Well, there's more variety at lower prices in the surrounding neighborhood and elsewhere around the city, but that's probably true of most ballparks. You can see what they've got inside Wrigley at http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/fanmap_field.jsp

          >> Do you recommend getting Italian beef sandwiches at Al's or Portillo's and bringing them into the game?

          One of the problems with Italian beef sandwiches is that, properly made, they're sloppy, with lots of liquid in them. I'm not sure how well they travel, because I've never taken them anywhere, but I would be leery of them leaking en route as well as being sloppy to eat at your seat. You might be better off buying them inside the park (or eating them at Al's or Portillo's before going to the park).

          They allow you to bring food in from outside, as long as you follow their other rules about size of bags, types of beverage containers, etc. These are outlined in the A-to-Z guide on their website (scroll down to "Security") at http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballp...

          >> Also, just curious, what are the beer prices like in Wrigley? Going to 2 games so curious how much money the game-time libations will set me back

          From the vendors roaming the stands, they're around $7 a beer at both ballparks. I've been to games at both parks already this year. IIRC they were $6.75/beer there and $7.25/beer at the Cell. I could be off but not by much.

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            jinglejangle May 30, 2011 03:09 PM

            Thanks so much for the quick response. I noticed on the Cubs website that they have the same restrictions as Yankee stadium, which really isn't bad at all, I bring my own food in all the time. And thanks for the heads up about the sandwiches not traveling well, didn't really think that all the way through. May be better off finding a less messy sandwich to bring in w/us. Beer prices seem reasonable for a ballpark.

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              nsxtasy May 30, 2011 03:32 PM

              I think they have the same restrictions at all the MLB parks, probably set by MLB rather than the individual teams.

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