Best Chicago Restaurants and Bars Near Wrigley Field

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Quality baseball inside Wrigley Field is only a recent phenomenon, and while the team is rebuilding, the area surrounding the stadium has already been transformed. Tourists will gravitate towards the chains, but locals know this best. Here are some of Eater’s favorite places to dine around the Friendly Confines.

There are many new food and drink options as well as older gems near the ballpark. As the team prepares for another race, check out this map for the best dining options in Wrigleyville. And click here for an overview of those inside the park.

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Those who don’t stock up on hot dogs inside the ballpark can head to this classic hot dog stand on Irving Park Road for a delicious Chicago-style doggie with all the fixings. This stand has been serving neighborhood and Cubs fans since 1975.

Outside Byron’s Hot Dogs Byron’s Hot Dogs [Official Photo]

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Walk a few blocks north to experience some of the most authentic Thai food in town. The usual Americanized items are available at Tac Quick, but don’t miss the request-only menu with dozens of dishes not found at other noodle shops in Lakeview.

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This sports bar is owned by the owners of Pearl’s Southern Comfort and serves some of the best pub food around. The chicken wings, which are also served at sister restaurant Beck’s in Lincoln Park, are fantastic. Also find wraps, burgers, and ribs in an atmosphere of sports madness with lots of Patrick Mahomes jerseys.

Now complete with a home brewery, Uncommon Ground serves up delicious sustainably farmed food just northwest of Wrigley. It also offers live music and an exceptional brunch. The cafe’s atmosphere is ideal for people who don’t want to avoid typical sports bar fare and who actually care about what they eat.

Outside Uncommon Ground location near Wrigley Field Uncommon Ground [Official Photo]

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Unfortunately, the majority of Chicagoans haven’t tried Output Lounge’s chicken wings. The original West Town is a stone’s throw from the United Center. Hopefully that changes this season as Output’s second location is just north of Wrigley in a space briefly held by WHISK. Release wings are moist and have the perfect balance of heat and acidity with a variety of sauces, although the classic Buffalo is strong. With this prestigious new location, more sports fans will be able to sample some of Chicago’s finest wings.

This Neapolitan pizzeria is the gastronomic address Chicago never knew it needed. Minutes away on the Southport Corridor, this place satisfies kids but really impresses adults who want a little more than a chain pie. There is also a West Town location.

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Jeni’s, an Ohio-based ice cream chain, serves its wildly popular frozen treats at the north end of Gallagher Way, next to Wrigley Field. The chain is known for its creative and whimsical flavors, including sweet cream cookies and peach jam, fluffernutter, and many dairy-free options.

Five ice cream cones sat on a marble table.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams [Official Photo]

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The Brickhouse Tavern sits just north of the marquee at Wrigley Field and Gallagher Way, sharing space inside the Cubs’ new office building. The patio is bustling on game day, but inside Four Corners has created a venue that worships the game with many trinkets from Cubs history – Gold Gloves and more. The space is two-tiered and it’s far from a cookie-cutter when it comes to design. The menu was created with the snack lover in mind, but with quality ingredients in entrees like quesadillas and a waffle cone filled with fried chicken. The name is a tribute to late Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse.

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The Ricketts family opened the Zachary Hotel in 2018 with many acclaimed food and drink options across from Wrigley Field. The range includes a cocktail bar and fine restaurant Mordecai, the second location of the famous honky tonk bar and taqueria Big Star, a boozy dessert cafe at West Town Bakery and the Smokedaddy barbecue. Boka also serves steaks and oysters in its Swift & Sons spin-off from Fulton Market. Mordecai’s owner also owns a craft beer stand, Lucky Dorr, next to the stadium.

Hotel Zachary offers many food and drink options in one location across from Wrigley Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

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One of Wrigley’s oldest restaurants still sports the “Hamburger King” awning. It’s a traditional American dinner with Korean, Chinese and Japanese twists like a kalbi burger, plus foo young eggs and an assortment of soups and noodles. Don’t sleep at this restaurant, it’s one of the most unique in town.

After five years, Penny’s Noodle Shop has returned to this location under the CTA’s L-tracks. The place is likely to bring back memories with longtime Chicagoans. It was one of the first noodle shops in town when it debuted in the 90s. The menu is basic with soups and bowls of noodles. But it’s consistent, and there’s a craving for a quick pad thai, this is the place to stop. BYO.

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Outside Byron’s Hot Dogs Byron’s Hot Dogs [Official Photo]

Those who don’t stock up on hot dogs inside the ballpark can head to this classic hot dog stand on Irving Park Road for a delicious Chicago-style doggie with all the fixings. This stand has been serving neighborhood and Cubs fans since 1975.

Outside Byron’s Hot Dogs Byron’s Hot Dogs [Official Photo]

Walk a few blocks north to experience some of the most authentic Thai food in town. The usual Americanized items are available at Tac Quick, but don’t miss the request-only menu with dozens of dishes not found at other noodle shops in Lakeview.

This sports bar is owned by the owners of Pearl’s Southern Comfort and serves some of the best pub food around. The chicken wings, which are also served at sister restaurant Beck’s in Lincoln Park, are fantastic. Also find wraps, burgers, and ribs in an atmosphere of sports madness with lots of Patrick Mahomes jerseys.

Outside Uncommon Ground location near Wrigley Field Uncommon Ground [Official Photo]

Now complete with a home brewery, Uncommon Ground serves up delicious sustainably farmed food just northwest of Wrigley. It also offers live music and an exceptional brunch. The cafe’s atmosphere is ideal for people who don’t want to avoid typical sports bar fare and who actually care about what they eat.

Outside Uncommon Ground location near Wrigley Field Uncommon Ground [Official Photo]

Unfortunately, the majority of Chicagoans haven’t tried Output Lounge’s chicken wings. The original West Town is a stone’s throw from the United Center. Hopefully that changes this season as Output’s second location is just north of Wrigley in a space briefly held by WHISK. Release wings are moist and have the perfect balance of heat and acidity with a variety of sauces, although the classic Buffalo is strong. With this prestigious new location, more sports fans will be able to sample some of Chicago’s finest wings.

This Neapolitan pizzeria is the gastronomic address Chicago never knew it needed. Minutes away on the Southport Corridor, this place satisfies kids but really impresses adults who want a little more than a chain pie. There is also a West Town location.

Five ice cream cones sat on a marble table.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams [Official Photo]

Jeni’s, an Ohio-based ice cream chain, serves its wildly popular frozen treats at the north end of Gallagher Way, next to Wrigley Field. The chain is known for its creative and whimsical flavors, including sweet cream cookies and peach jam, fluffernutter, and many dairy-free options.

Five ice cream cones sat on a marble table.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams [Official Photo]

Marc Much / Eater Chicago

The Brickhouse Tavern sits just north of the marquee at Wrigley Field and Gallagher Way, sharing space inside the Cubs’ new office building. The patio is bustling on game day, but inside Four Corners has created a venue that worships the game with many trinkets from Cubs history – Gold Gloves and more. The space is two-tiered and it’s far from a cookie-cutter when it comes to design. The menu was created with the snack lover in mind, but with quality ingredients in entrees like quesadillas and a waffle cone filled with fried chicken. The name is a tribute to late Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse.

Marc Much / Eater Chicago

Hotel Zachary offers many food and drink options in one location across from Wrigley Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Ricketts family opened the Zachary Hotel in 2018 with many acclaimed food and drink options across from Wrigley Field. The range includes a cocktail bar and fine restaurant Mordecai, the second location of the famous honky tonk bar and taqueria Big Star, a boozy dessert cafe at West Town Bakery and the Smokedaddy barbecue. Boka also serves steaks and oysters in its Swift & Sons spin-off from Fulton Market. Mordecai’s owner also owns a craft beer stand, Lucky Dorr, next to the stadium.

Hotel Zachary offers many food and drink options in one location across from Wrigley Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

One of Wrigley’s oldest restaurants still sports the “Hamburger King” awning. It’s a traditional American dinner with Korean, Chinese and Japanese twists like a kalbi burger, plus foo young eggs and an assortment of soups and noodles. Don’t sleep at this restaurant, it’s one of the most unique in town.

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