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Chicago Cubs Fans Come Out For Snow-Delayed Home Opener
The Friendly Confines should be friendlier in 2019.
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Wrigleyville will never be the same after the Cubs’s 2016 championship and the subsequent boom in construction thanks to the Ricketts family. The added competition from places like Hotel Zachary and the Wheelhouse Hotel that surround the stadium means there’s even more of a need for Wrigley Field’s food and drink to stand out.

But for 2019, just like the team on the field, the food lineup didn’t see a huge upgrade. There was no big free agent signing or new over-the-top item to get fans talking. That spirit reflects a league-wide trend, though certain stadiums, like Seattle’s, brought in a big gun. The biggest addition for fans might be outside the stadium where Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Spiaggia’s Tony Mantuano plan a restaurant called Maddon’s Post. The Cubs will also announce its chef series later this year — stay tuned for info.

There’s a trio of new club areas, including a speakeasy-style bar. That space includes a Maker’s Mark chandelier; the bourbon maker’s branding is present everywhere.

There’s bound to be a bit of envy looking at other team’s rosters and menus, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had at the Friendly Confines. The Cubs’s home schedule kicks off on April 8 versus Pittsburgh. Check out this season’s guide to Wrigley’s stadium food.

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Star Acquisitions

Pork tenders
Levy [Official Photo]

Pork Tenders: These pork tenders come in a bun with pickles, onion, Dijon, lettuce, and tomatoes. If the bread’s too much, customers can lose the bun and get an order embedded with slaw and a condiment that Levy, Wrigley’s concession company, calls “Japanese barbecue sauce.”

Beer can chicken sandwich: Beer can chicken is traditionally prepped by putting a can of beer in a chicken’s cavity and indirectly grilling the bird. It’s supposed to keep the meat moister, but most agree that’s just urban legend. It’s not clear if this sandwich uses a can of Old Style, but the chicken breast is soaked in some type of suds and served with Dijonnaise, shredded lettuce, tomato, bacon, and on a brioche bun.

Wrigley House Chips: Fresh potato chips with ranch seasoning and Buffalo-ranch sauce.

Short Rib Disco Fries: Loaded fries are all the craze at MLB stadiums. These come with braised beef short rib, roasted garlic aioli, queso fresco, and green onions.

Disco Fries
Levy [Official Photo]

Italian-Seasoned Chicken Sandwich: Grilled chicken with Controne hot peppers, pesto aioli, lettuce, tomatoes on a split top bun.

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich: Gruyere, Butterkäse and cheddar, tomato jam, with chips and creamy pesto dip.

Impossible Burger: Another MLB-wide trend are Impossible Burgers, the meatless patties and crumbles that taste like beef (opinions vary). This burger comes with chipotle-lime aioli, American cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a brioche bun.

Southwest Fiesta Specialty Hot Dog: For fans who like the tradition of hot dogs at the ballpark but don’t have bleachers seats to eat at Hot Doug’s, try this Vienna Beef wiener with chili-lime crema, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, and house-made pickled peppers.

Walking Taco: The classic Fritos bad with chili con carne, nacho cheese, pico de gallo, and pickled jalapeños.

Other tidbits for 2019:

  • There’s more than a dozen new draft and cans of beer, cider, wine, and spiked cider this year. Three Floyds and Begyle are some new breweries at the stadium. Beers will range from $10 to $12.
  • There’s a new 24-ounce large domestic beer size.
  • Wine fans can order seasonal wines served in a souvenir carafes.

Three New Club Areas

A week before the Cubs’s opener, the team unveiled two new private club areas at Wrigley where fans wanting a luxury experience. These areas, like the 1914 Club that was unveiled in 2018, aren’t cheap.

Maker’s Mark Barrel Room

Maker’s Mark is the Cubs’s bourbon sponsor, and for 2019, the team has unveiled a speakeasy-style bar with high-end cocktails. Maker’s Mark chief distillery officer Rob Samuels raved about the bar’s Manhattan and said the cocktails stack up to other top-quality bars across country. He’s may have a biased opinion, though. The room’s located behind the away team dugout and can fit 250. Season-ticket holders were given first dibs for the space.

Catalina Club

This space includes 400 seats in the upper deck, behind home plate. Ticker holders will have access to a patio.

W Club

The third new club to debut in 2019, the club’s on the third base side.

Returning Fan Favorites

Bao to the Pork at Pork & Mindy's
Bao to the Pork at Pork & Mindy's
Levy

Hot Doug's: Chicago's most beloved sausage purveyor is back for another season. Doug Sohn closed his wildly successful restaurant in 2014 but the dream lives on in the bleachers of Wrigley. The menu offers a rotating selection of player-inspired sausage creations. For those who never had the opportunity to experience Sohn's popular creations, here's their chance. Just make sure to have a bleacher ticket first. [Bleacher Platform 14]

Giordano's: No stadium experience would be complete without pizza. Wrigley's big slugger is the city's famous stuffed deep dish, offered by the slice or as personal pan pies. Compared to what's being served in other ballparks, Giordano's VORP (value over replacement pizza) is off the charts. [Sect. 102-104, 112-115, 126-127, 420, Upper Bleachers]

Buona Beef: The Cubs have covered all the bases when it comes to the city's most iconic foods: Chicago-style hot dogs, deep dish pizza, and of course, Italian beef. The local chain returns for another year to impress fans with its beefysandwiches dripping in au jus. Napkins recommended. [Sect. 112-115, 420, Bleacher Platform 14]

Pork & Mindy's: Like its partnership with Doug Sohn, the Cubs have teamed up with local "Sandwich King" Jeff Mauro to bring his signature specialties to Wrigley Field. The Food Network star whips up a few of his most popular items, including the Bao to the Pork (pulled pork, Asian sauce, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumbers, and jalapeno relish on a steamed bao bun). [Bleacher Platform 14]

DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone: The spot formerly known as the Captain Morgan Club, located just outside the stadium, is where fans can watch the game on big screens even if they don't have tickets. It's stocked with a full bar and a menu full of favorites, such as burgers, pizzas, salads, wings, sandwiches, and more. Ticketed guests have in-and-out privileges for easy access.

Garrett’s Popcorn: Move over Cracker Jack, Chicago’s most famous popcorn maker is now at the park. The sweet and savory mix of CaramelCrisp and CheeseCorn will be sold in several locations, which should please fans of all ages.

Main Concourse

Pizza: Giordano’s Stuffed Pizza, Italian Chopped Salad, Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Peanuts, Northside Twist Pretzel, Domestic Draft Beer, Craft Draft Beer, Wine, Bottled Soda, Bottled Water (103, 129)

Left Field Classics: Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Tenders Basket with Fries, Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Cubs Kids Meal, Big Slugger Nachos, Bavarian Pretzel, Nachos, French Fries, Popcorn, Giant Cookie, Fudgy Brownie, Cotton Candy, Cracker Jack, Peanuts, Soft Serve Helmet, Lemon Chill, Malt Cup, Domestic Draft Beer, Craft Draft Beer, Souvenir Cup Soda, Kids Soda, Bottled Water, Gatorade, Coffee, Hot Chocolate (105)

Beer & Wine Left Field: Garrett Mix Popcorn, Peanuts, Domestic Draft Beer, Premium Draft Beer, Domestic Package Beer, Premium/Craft Package Beer, Wine by the Bottle, Wine by the Glass, Frozen Cocktail, Bottled Water (107)

Chicago Dogs: Grilled Vienna Beef Chicago Dog, Polish Sausage, Grilled Vienna Beef Bratwurst, Footlong Chicago Dog, Footlong Specialty Dog, Classic Italian Beef Sandwich, Vienna Beef Italian Sausage, Italian Beef & Sausage Combo, Veggie Dog, Garrett Mix Popcorn, House Made Chips, Nachos, Bavarian Pretzel, Cheese Cup, Peanuts, Domestic Draft Beer, Premium Draft Beer, Souvenir Soda, Regular Soda, Bottled Water, Gatorade (108)

Third Base Classics: Chicken Tenders Basket with Fries, Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Chili Cheese Dog, Cheeseburger, Impossible Burger, Nachos Grande, Nachos, Cheese Cup, French Fries, Chili Cheese Fries, Popcorn, Giant Cookie, Fudgy Brownie, Bavarian Pretzel, Cracker Jack, Peanuts, Soft Serve Helmet, Lemon Chill, Malt Cup, Domestic Draft Beer, Craft Draft Beer, Souvenir, Soda, Regular Soda, Bottled Water, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate (110)

Clark Street Grill: Big W Burger with Fries, Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Bison Hot Dog, Garlic Parmesan Fries, Fries, Bavarian Pretzel, Cheese Cup, Garrett Mix Popcorn, Peanuts, Cracker Jack, Domestic Draft Beer, Craft Draft Beer, Souvenir Soda, Regular Soda, Bottled Water (112)

Beer & Wine 3rd Base: Garrett Mix Popcorn, Peanuts, Domestic Draft Beer, Premium Draft, Beer, Domestic Package Beer, Premium/Craft Package Beer, Wine by the Bottle, Wine by the Glass, Billy Sunday Batch Craft Cocktails, Bottled Water (114)

Chicago Dogs Home Plate: Grilled Vienna Beef Chicago Dog, Grilled Vienna Beef Smokie Sausage, Veggie Dog, Classic Italian Beef Sandwich, Vienna Beef Italian Sausage, Italian Beef & Sausage Combo, Bavarian Pretzel, Cheese Cup, Nachos, Peanuts, Veggie Chopped Salad, Fruit Cup, House Made Potato Chips, Domestic Draft Beer, Premium Draft Beer, Souvenir Soda, Regular Soda, Bottled Water, Gatorade (115)

Marquee Classics: Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich, Aged Cheddar Burger with Fries, Chick-a-go Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Tenders Basket with Fries, Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Chicken Sausage, Nachos Grande, Nachos, Cheese Cup, Fries, Popcorn, Giant Cookie, Fudgy Brownie, Bavarian Pretzel, Cracker Jack, Peanuts, Soft Serve Helmet, Lemon Chill, Malt Cup, Domestic Draft, Beer, Craft Draft Beer, Souvenir Soda, Regular Soda, Bottled Water, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate (117)

Beer & Wine Home Plate: Garrett Mix Popcorn, Peanuts, Domestic Draft Beer, Premium Draft, Beer, Domestic Package Beer, Premium/Craft Package Beer, Wine by the Bottle, Wine by the Glass, Bottled Water (118)

Chicago Dogs First Base: Grilled Vienna Beef Chicago Dog, Grilled Footlong Chicago Dog, Specialty Footlong, Classic Italian Beef Sandwich, Vienna Beef Italian Sausage, Italian Beef & Sausage Combo, Veggie Dog, Nachos, Bavarian Pretzel, Cheese Cup, Peanuts, Fruit Cup, Veggie Chopped Salad, House Made Potato Chips, Domestic Draft Beer, Premium Draft Beer, Souvenir Soda, Regular Soda, Bottled Water, Gatorade (119)

Beer & Wine First Base: Garrett Mix Popcorn, Peanuts, Domestic Draft Beer, Premium Draft, Beer, Premium/Craft Package Beer, Wine by the Bottle, Wine by the Glass, Frozen Cocktail, Bottled Water (122)

First Base Classics: Pork Tender Sandwich, Chicken Tender & Fries, Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Chili Cheese Dog, Cheeseburger, Impossible Burger, Nachos Grande, Nachos, Cheese Cup, French Fries, Chili, Cheese Fries, Popcorn, Giant Cookie, Fudgy Brownie, Bavarian Pretzel, Cracker Jack, Peanuts, Soft Serve Helmet, Lemon Chill, Malt Cup, Mrs. Fields Cookie Sandwich, Dove Bar (123)

Addison Street Grill: Big W Burger with Fries, Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Bison Hot Dog, Loaded Buffalo Fries, Fries, Bavarian Pretzel, Cheese Cup, Garrett Mix Popcorn, Peanuts, Cracker Jack, Domestic Draft Beer, Craft Draft Beer, Souvenir Soda, Regular Soda, Bottled Water (126)

Right Field Classics: Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Tenders Basket with Fries, Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Cubs Kids Meal, Big Slugger Nachos, Bavarian Pretzel, Cheese Cup, Nachos, French Fries, Popcorn, Giant Cookie, Fudgy Brownie, Cotton Candy, Cracker Jack, Peanuts, Soft Serve Helmet, Lemon Chill, Malt Cup, Domestic Draft Beer, Craft Draft Beer, Souvenir Soda, Kids Soda, Bottled Water, Gatorade, Coffee, Hot Chocolate (128)

Vienna Beef Grill: Grilled Vienna Beef Chicago Dog, Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Bavarian Pretzel, Cheese Cup, Nachos, Peanuts, House Made Chips (131)

Sheffield Corner: Disco Fries, Pork Tenders, Southwest Fiesta Specialty Hot Dog, Beer Can Chicken Sandwich (134)

Mezzanine

Chick-Ago Sandwich
Chick-Ago Sandwich
Levy

Marquee Grill: Grilled Vienna Beef Chicago Dog, Bratwurst Cart, Italian Beef, Italian Sausage, Peanuts, Domestic Draft Beer, Craft Draft Beer, Bottled Soda, Bottled Water (217)

Left Field Classics: Vienna Beef Chicago Dog, Bratwurst, Giordano’s 6” Stuffed Pizza, Nachos, Nachos Grande, Cheeseburger, Fries, Bavarian Pretzel, Popcorn, Peanuts, Cheese Cup, Soft Serve Helmet, Cubs Kids Meal*, Cotton Candy*, Fudgy Brownie*, Giant Cookie*, Domestic Draft, Beer, Souvenir Soda, Kids Soda, Bottled Water (309)

Right Field Classics: Vienna Beef Chicago Dog, Bratwurst, Giordano’s 6” Stuffed Pizza, Nachos, Nachos Grande, Cheeseburger, Fries, Bavarian Pretzel, Popcorn, Peanuts, Cheese, Cup, Soft Serve Helmet, Cubs Kids Meal*, Cotton Candy*, Fudgy Brownie*, Giant Cookie*, Domestic Draft Beer, Souvenir Soda, Regular Soda, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Bottled Water (324)

Bleachers

Waveland Grill: Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Big W Burger with Fries, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Bavarian Pretzel, Cheese Cup, Chicken Tender Basket, French Fries, Garlic Parmesan Fries, Loaded Buffalo Fries, Soft Serve Helmet, Veggie Chopped Salad, Fruit Cup, Cracker Jack, Peanuts, Domestic Draft Beer, Craft Draft Beer, Gatorade, Bottled Lemonade, Bottled Soda, Bottled Water, Coffee, Hot Chocolate (505 Lower Bleachers)

Redline Grill: Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Big W Burger with Fries, Impossible Burger, Chili Cheese Dog, Chili Cheese Fries, Bavarian Pretzel, Cheese Cup, Fries, Peanuts, Big Slugger Nachos, Nachos, Domestic Draft Beer, Domestic Draft Beer, Gatorade, Bottled Lemonade, Bottled Soda, Bottled, Water, Coffee, Hot Chocolate (513 Lower Bleachers)

Bleacher Bums: Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Cheeseburger, Bratwurst, Giordano’s 6” Stuffed Pizza, Fries, Bavarian Pretzel, Peanuts, Popcorn, Nachos, Cheese Cup, Potato Chips, Cotton Candy, Giant Cookie, Fudgy Brownie, Lemon Chill, Malt Cup, Mrs. Fields Cookie Sandwich, Dove Bar, Snickers Cone, Giant Vanilla Sandwich, Edible Cookie Dough, Domestic Draft Beer, Souvenir Soda, Kids Soda, Bottled Water (511 Upper Bleachers)

Chicago Dogs: Chicago Dog, Bratwurst, Smokie Sausage, Peanuts, Domestic Draft Beer, Premium Draft Beer, Bottled Water, Bottled Soda (536 Upper Bleachers)

Buona Beef: Classic Italian Beef Sandwich, Italian Meatball Sandwich, Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Peanuts, Domestic Draft Beer, Premium Draft Beer, Bottled Water, Bottled Soda (537 Upper Bleachers)

Pork & Mindy’s: Pig Candy, Pork & Mindy’s Buffalo Chicken, Pork & Mindy’s Boa to the Pork, Pork & Mindy’s Pig Candy BLT, Domestic Draft Beer, Premium Draft Beer, Bottled Water, Bottled Soda (538 Upper Bleachers)

Hot Doug’s: Hot Doug’s sausages, Peanuts, Domestic Draft Beer, Premium Draft Beer, Bottled, Water, Bottled Soda (539 Upper Bleachers)

Audi Club

Ballpark Concessions [Sect. 219-222, Lower Bleachers, Upper Bleachers, Bleacher Platform 14]

Beer and Wine [Bleacher Platform 14, Lower Bleachers, Sect. 219-222, Upper Bleachers]

Bleacher Bums: Big Slugger Nachos, Italian Beef Nachos (new), Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Italian Sausage, Cheeseburger, Chicken Tenders, Giordano's Pizza, Fries, Peanuts, Pretzel, Popcorn, Nachos, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Beer, Mai Tai [Upper Bleachers]

Budweiser Patio

*Buona Beef: Italian Beef [Bleacher Platform 14]

Burgers: Burgers [Lower Bleachers]

Fannie May Bleacher Sweet: Chocolates

*Giordano's Pizza: Thin Crust and Deep Dish Pizza [Upper Bleachers]

Gluten Free: Gluten-Free Options [Lower Bleachers]

Healthy Options: Health-Friendly Foods [Lower Bleachers]

*Hot Doug's: Gourmet Sausages [Bleacher Platform 14]

Ice Cream: Frozen Treats [Upper Bleachers]

Italian Grill: Italian Food [Bleacher Platform 14]

Marquee Grill [Sec. 219-222]

*Pork & Mindy's: Sandwiches [Bleacher Platform 14]

Red Line Grille [Lower Bleachers]

Signature Sandwiches: Sandwiches [Sect. 219-222, Lower Bleachers]

Vegetarian: Meatless Options [Sec. 219-222, Lower Bleachers]

Waveland Grill [Lower Bleachers]

Upper Deck

Giordano's
Giordano's
Levy

Ballpark Concessions [Sect. 419-420]

Beer and Wine [Sect. 419-420]

*Buona Beef: Italian Beef [Sect. 420]

Burgers: Burgers [Sect. 420]

*Giordano's Pizza: Thin Crust and Deep Dish Pizza [Sect. 420]

Ice Cream: Frozen Treats [Sect. 419-420]

Jim Bean Patio: Jim Bean Bourbon, Beer [Sect. 420]

The Cub House: Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Bratwurst, Cheeseburger, Chicken Sandwich, Giordano's Pizza, Fries, Cracker Jacks, Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Bar, Peanuts, Pretzel, Nachos, Popcorn, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Beer [Sect. 419-420]

Tripper's: Vienna Beef Hot Dog: Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Cheeseburger, Veggie Burger, Giordano's Pizza, Cracker Jacks, Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Bar, Peanuts, Pretzel, Fries, Popcorn, Coffee, Beer, Hot Chocolate [Sect. 420]

Wrigley Field

, Chicago, IL 60613

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