Wrigley Field

Chicago, IL

Architecture - 8.5

The bleachers, the ivy, the brick... these aren't contrived like at so many of the new ballparks, it's authentic.

Location/Surrounding Area - 10

Wrigleyville, as the area around the ballpark has come to be known, offers a ton of restaurant, bar, and reatil options. A great place to spend happy hour before a ballgame.

Food - 7

Nothing extravegant, but extravegant wouldn't fit the place. A couple different hot dog/sausage options are available as well as nachos, pizza, and hamburgers. Anything else would seem out of place.

Fan Support/Knowledge - 9

Would have been a 10, but there is a large contigent that is there more to be seen and say they went to the Cubs game than to actually support the club.

Atmosphere - 10

Baseball the way it was, is, and should always be. A one of a kind experience for any true baseball fan.

In-Game Entertainment - 7

They have limited resources when it comes to entertainment, but the singing of "Take me out to the ball game" is an institution. They do well with what they have.

Scoreboard - 9

A small strip of a videoboard and some ribbon boards above the top deck are the only additions to the origional scoreboard. Nothing fancy, just classic. A landmark.

Parking/Transportation - 8

Driving to the game isn't really an option. If you must expect to pay between $25-$30 for a spot, but that will only put you into massive gridlock after the game. For $2 each way you can ride the train in and out (which 99% fo the people do). Easy in, easy out.

Seating - 9

The seats aren't wide and they don't have backs in the bleachers, but every seat makes you feel like you're right on top of the field.

X-Factor/Bonus - 10

Wrigley Field is something that everyone should experience. The park has an energy that only comes from authenticity and can't be re-created with any amount of exposed beams and brick. If you haven't been, go. It doesn't matter who the Cubs are playing or when, just go.

TOTAL - 87.5/100

  • Architecture 8.5

  • Location/Surrounding Area 10

  • Food 7

  • Fan Support/Knowledge 9

  • Atmosphere 10

  • In-Game Entertainment 7

  • Scoreboard 9

  • Parking/Transportation 8

  • Seating 9

  • X-Factor/Bonus 10