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Jul 12, 2011 10:33 AM

Wrigleyville and dinner for 3 college students

Hey Chowhounders,

Myself and 2 friends are going to our first cubs game. We are from Madison, and are looking for good bars to go to before the game as well as a good fun place to eat after the game. We are very into the food scene and appreciate good food, but we also have shallow pockets, but are willing to splurge if the food is worth it. thanks in advance!!

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  1. One of my favorite restaurants is about a half mile north of Wrigley: Deleece, on Southport. The atmosphere is more lively bistro than bar, the food is outstanding, and it's priced very reasonably.

    If you'd like to try our double-crust "stuffed" pizza, there's a Giordano's on Belmont, half a mile south of the ballpark.

    Goose Island has a brewpub nearby, and so is Sheffield's. and

    1. TAC Quick for outstanding Thai food. Don't order the usual pad thai. Go with the specials or off the secret menu. Off the Sheridan redline and can walk to the game after (or vice versa). BYOB.

      Murphy's Bleacher and Cubby Bear are the scene-y bars. But kind of necessary for your first game. Personally I liked The Ginger Man by the Metro for more of a laid back crowd but that's my scene. Goose Island is good choice for local brew.

      Are you going back to Madison after the game or staying in the city?

      The Cubby Bear
      1059 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

      Ginger Man
      3740 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

      Murphy's Bleachers
      3653 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

      1. If you're willing to navigate the el (and I highly recommend you do, it's cheap and efficient), head on the red line directly from Wrigley north to Argyle and it'll drop you right in the middle of "Little Saigon". Hit Tank for delightful pho or Ba Le for tasty bahn mi. Both are BYOB, so hit a liquor store for a six pack and you can eat like a king for under $10!

        Or continue farther on the red line to Berwyn and walk west to Clark and you'll find Hopleaf, IMO the best beer bar in the city with a focus on Belgians. A great spot for food, too! If you're there before 6 or so you shouldn't have to wait to sit in the restaurant. I prefer the sandwiches to the entrees. The Nueske Ham & Gruyere is fabulous and $10 with a load of great frites! The beer will set you back more than the food here.

        Have fun!

        Hopleaf Bar
        5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

        2 Replies
        1. re: geg5150

          The best way to get from Wrigley to Hopleaf is on the #22 Clark Street bus. It stops right in front of Wrigley and Hopleaf, and will get you there faster door to door.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            Unless there's a lot of car traffic following the game, that is! :) The walk from the Berwyn stop to Hopleaf isn't so bad, either - about 10 minutes. Of course, the red line will also be mobbed and it may take a while for a train to show up with room enough for you and your friends to squeeze in.

            And to the OP, another suggestion for great, cheap dining off the Argyle stop is Sun Wah BBQ. Anything with pork or duck is great - be sure to check the handwritten specials on the wall as you walk in. There's usually a vegetable with house-cured bacon -- always delicious! Sun Wah is also BYO.

            Hopleaf Bar
            5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640