To call Wrigley Field just a baseball stadium is, to some people, borderline wicked. This week’s Real Chicago experience is just that- an experience.
Similar to the Drake, this structure is an attraction- a unique architectural icon, where, whether inside or out, your spirits are lifted and you’re overwhelmed by an atmosphere filled with history, a culture filled with pride. Whether you’re a first time visitor or one of the lucky season ticket holders, you know this Cubs Culture is one of a kind. Wrigley Field, or “The Friendly Confines”, brings together strangers who become friends, uniting as one in the hopes that “this year’s the year.”
Originally built for the Chicago Whales, a Chicago Federal League baseball team, it became the home ballpark for the Chicago Cubs just two years after its construction in 1914.
Although the name of the stadium has changed from Weeghman Park to Cubs Park to Wrigley Field, the iconic stadium hasn’t changed much structurally and has lasted the test of time.
Known for its ivy covered walls, main entrance marquee and hand turned scoreboards, it is no wonder Wrigley Field is considered a national historical landmark. From the food to the people to the atmosphere you experience while catching a game (or a foul ball), this truly is Real Chicago. And you never know who will be singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch.
Famous face, and memorable Cubs announcer, Harry Caray, began this tune tradition decades ago, and it continues to this day. From famous Chicagoans Vince Vaughn and Gary Sinise to the Mayor himself—- we’ve heard the vocal talents of a good number of familiar faces– and there’s no doubt 2011 will bring in some ringers both on the field and behind the microphone.
With summer officially starting in a few weeks and the weather warming up, there is no better place to spend an afternoon or if you’re lucky enough to attend a night game, than at Wrigley Field. You can’t really beat summer in Chicago why not enjoy a warm summer day at Wrigley Field watching the famous Chicago Cubs and experiencing the history and creating lifelong memories….
For information about the Chicago Cubs and how to purchase tickets, please visit http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=chc
If a guest of the hotel, Cubs tickets can be secured by contacting The Drake’s Concierge desk at 312.932.4664.
Fastest and most economical way to arrive at Wrigley Field from The Drake is by the Red Line- El stop at Chicago and State- take north towards Howard. Get off at Addison. Cost $2.25 per person each way.