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Where to Eat Near Wrigley Field in Chicago

The team is going through a rebuild as the neighborhood has been rebuilt

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Who goes for the baseball anyway?
| Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/MLB Photos via Getty Images

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 toward chains but locals know better. Here’s are some of Eater’s favorite spots to dine around the Friendly Confines.

There are many new food and drink options as well as some older gems near the ballpark. So as the team gears up for another run, check out this map for the best food options in Wrigleyville. And click here for a rundown of those inside the park.

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Byron's Hot Dogs

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

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Byron’s Hot Dogs [Official Photo]

Tac Quick

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Walk a few blocks to the north for 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.

Toons Bar & Grill

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This sports bar is the from the owners of Pearl’s Southern Comfort and serves some of the best pub fare around. The chicken wings, which are also served a sibling restaurant’s Beck’s in Lincoln Park, are fantastic. Also find wraps, burgers, and ribs in a sports crazy atmosphere with a lot of Patrick Mahomes’ jerseys.

Uncommon Ground

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Now with a house brewery, Uncommon Ground serves tasty sustainably-raised food just northwest of Wrigley. It also has live music and an outstanding brunch. The cafe atmosphere is ideal for folks who don’t want to avoid typical sports bar fare and actually feel about what they eat.

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

Output Lounge

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Sadly, the majority of Chicagoans haven’t tried the chicken wings from Output Lounge. The original in West Town is a stone’s throw away 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. Output’s wings are moist and have a perfect balance of heat and acidity with a variety of sauces, though classic Buffalo is strong. With this new high-profile location, more sports fans will get to taste some of the best wings in Chicago.

Coalfire

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This Neapolitan pizzeria is the gourmet spot that Chicago didn’t know it needed. A few minutes away on the Southport Corridor, this place with satisfy kids but really impress adults who want a little bit more than a chain pie. There’s also a West Town location.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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

Five ice cream cones lay on a marble tabletop. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams [Official Photo]

Brickhouse Tavern

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The Brickhouse Tavern stands just north of Wrigley Field's marquee and Gallagher Way, sharing space inside the Cubs new office building. The patio is lively on game day, but inside Four Corners has created a place that reveres the game with plenty of trinkets from Cubs' history — Gold Gloves and more. The space is two levels and it's far from cookie cutter when it comes to design. The menu was created for fan snacking, but with quality ingredients in appetizers like quesadillas and a waffle cone filled with fried chicken. The name is a tribute to the late Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse.

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Hotel Zachary

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The Ricketts family opened the Hotel Zachary in 2018 with many acclaimed food and drink options across the street from Wrigley Field. The lineup includes cocktail bar and refined restaurant Mordecai, the second location of renowned honky tonk bar and taqueria Big Star, a boozy dessert cafe in West Town Bakery, and the Smokedaddy BBQ. Boka also serves up steaks and oysters at its spinoff of Fulton Market’s Swift & Sons. Mordecai’s owner also has a craft beer stall, Lucky Dorr, next to the stadium.

Hotel Zachary has many top food and drink options in one place across from Wrigley
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Rice'N Bread

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

Penny’s Noodle Shop

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After five years, Penny’s Noodle Shop has returned to this location underneath the CTA’s L tracks. The spot 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 noodle bowls. But it’s consistent, and there’s a hankering for a quick pad Thai, this is the place to stop. BYO.

Byron's Hot Dogs

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

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

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

Tac Quick

Walk a few blocks to the north for 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.

Toons Bar & Grill

This sports bar is the from the owners of Pearl’s Southern Comfort and serves some of the best pub fare around. The chicken wings, which are also served a sibling restaurant’s Beck’s in Lincoln Park, are fantastic. Also find wraps, burgers, and ribs in a sports crazy atmosphere with a lot of Patrick Mahomes’ jerseys.

Uncommon Ground

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

Now with a house brewery, Uncommon Ground serves tasty sustainably-raised food just northwest of Wrigley. It also has live music and an outstanding brunch. The cafe atmosphere is ideal for folks who don’t want to avoid typical sports bar fare and actually feel about what they eat.

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

Output Lounge

Sadly, the majority of Chicagoans haven’t tried the chicken wings from Output Lounge. The original in West Town is a stone’s throw away 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. Output’s wings are moist and have a perfect balance of heat and acidity with a variety of sauces, though classic Buffalo is strong. With this new high-profile location, more sports fans will get to taste some of the best wings in Chicago.

Coalfire

This Neapolitan pizzeria is the gourmet spot that Chicago didn’t know it needed. A few minutes away on the Southport Corridor, this place with satisfy kids but really impress adults who want a little bit more than a chain pie. There’s also a West Town location.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Five ice cream cones lay on a marble tabletop. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams [Official Photo]

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

Five ice cream cones lay on a marble tabletop. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams [Official Photo]

Brickhouse Tavern

Marc Much/Eater Chicago

The Brickhouse Tavern stands just north of Wrigley Field's marquee and Gallagher Way, sharing space inside the Cubs new office building. The patio is lively on game day, but inside Four Corners has created a place that reveres the game with plenty of trinkets from Cubs' history — Gold Gloves and more. The space is two levels and it's far from cookie cutter when it comes to design. The menu was created for fan snacking, but with quality ingredients in appetizers like quesadillas and a waffle cone filled with fried chicken. The name is a tribute to the late Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse.

Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Hotel Zachary

Hotel Zachary has many top food and drink options in one place across from Wrigley
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Ricketts family opened the Hotel Zachary in 2018 with many acclaimed food and drink options across the street from Wrigley Field. The lineup includes cocktail bar and refined restaurant Mordecai, the second location of renowned honky tonk bar and taqueria Big Star, a boozy dessert cafe in West Town Bakery, and the Smokedaddy BBQ. Boka also serves up steaks and oysters at its spinoff of Fulton Market’s Swift & Sons. Mordecai’s owner also has a craft beer stall, Lucky Dorr, next to the stadium.

Hotel Zachary has many top food and drink options in one place across from Wrigley
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Rice'N Bread

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

Penny’s Noodle Shop

After five years, Penny’s Noodle Shop has returned to this location underneath the CTA’s L tracks. The spot 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 noodle bowls. But it’s consistent, and there’s a hankering for a quick pad Thai, this is the place to stop. BYO.

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