Nothing says spring has sprung quite like a day at the ol’ ballgame! Northern Illinois is home to the heavy hitters (pun completely intended) of Major League Baseball – the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox – but let’s not forget about the other teams located around the Chicagoland area!
Check out the most fun ways to bring in springtime with this guide to Chicagoland baseball:
Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field
A trip to the Friendly Confines to see one of baseball’s oldest teams is a guaranteed good time. From the iconic Cubs marquee to the Budweiser Bleachers, Wrigley Field is an experience unlike any other; guests will not only enjoy storied history of the ballpark, but also the close proximity to players on the field, as well as interactive JumboTron videos and games played between innings. The bustling Wrigleyville neighborhood offers a plethora of eateries, bars, and lodging options that create the consummate baseball experience. Head to Brickhouse Tavern to grab a pre- or post-game bite and bask in the nostalgia that lines the walls, or walk down Clark Street to Sluggers for a beer and a swing in the second-floor batting cage.
Chicago White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field
Catch a game on the south side at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the American League’s Chicago White Sox. From inventive in-stadium attractions to creative ballpark dining offerings, there is something for everyone while catching the guys in black at this stadium. While you’re strolling through the stadium with the kiddos, check out the Xfinity Kids Zone, and interactive baseball-themed experience base-running, wiffle ball games, and batting practice. Looking for an adult beverage? The Revolution Tap Room is located in the 200-level and will offer interactive games and activities and a #SoxSelfie spot for the social media enthusiasts. Located in the Bridgeport neighborhood off of the Red Line, you’ll want to check out ChiSox Bar & Grill or Fat Fish Bar & Grill before heading into the game.
Kane County Cougars, Northwestern Medicine Field
A Kane County Cougars game is a true summertime delight. The Arizona Diamondbacks Class A affiliate is a mainstay in northern Illinois and each game features a fun and unique promotion like Thirsty Thursdays, Senior Eat Free, Run the Bases, and Micro Mondays. Complete with a KidZone that features skeeball, speed pitch, and a bounce house, parents and kids alike will enjoy a trip to Northwestern Medicine Field. With a variety of restaurants and nightlife close to the property, you will have no problem finding a delectable dinner or brunch. Check out Bien Trucha, Graham’s 318 Coffeehouse, and Barrel & Rye.
Chicago Bandits, Parkway Bank Sports Complex
Let’s not forget the ladies! The Chicago Bandits, a team in the National Pro Fastpitch league is Chicago’s championship-winning softball team, located in Rosemont. Guests to the stadium can partake in Game Day Experiences like on-field batting practice, pre-game catch on the field, and more. Close to popular shopping destinations like Fashion Outlets of Chicago, and attractions like Rivers Casino and Zanies comedy club, you can certainly make a weekend out of a trip to Rosemont. Head to one of the many restaurants and bars in the area like Bub City or Hofbrauhaus for a fantastic dining experience.
Chicago Dogs, Impact Field
The Chicago Dogs are the newest member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball and their mouthwatering mascot – the Chicago hot dog – gives you an all-incompassing Chicago experience. Daily promotions at the field include Family Sundays, Saturday Fireworks Extravaganza, and Weiner Wednesdays, so you’re sure to catch a great deal and a fun family experience at a Chicago Dogs game. Located in Rosemont, you’ll be surrounded by fun restaurants and attractions like Hofbrauhaus and Ram Restaurant & Brewery.