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Wrigleyville hasn't seen a World Series in a long time.
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11 Wrigleyville Bars That Won't Charge Covers During Cubs World Series Games

Yes, you can go near Wrigley Field to watch the games without taking out a loan

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Wrigleyville hasn't seen a World Series in a long time.
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If you're brave/loyal enough to venture toward Wrigleyville during the World Series, be warned. Fans will need a plan or large cash reserves, as many bars are charging hefty cover charges for the chance to stand around and watch the Cubs' first World Series games since 1945. Bars like The Cubby Bear and John Barleycorn are charging hundreds of dollars just for admission. HVAC Pub has a package that includes bottles of champagne and Grey Goose vodka for an extra $1,000.

Oh, and they're already getting packed with Cubby Blue:

While many bars want to keep their loyal customers happy, they're presented with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make a tremendous amount of money over this baseball weekend. Take the curious case of divey Malört mecca Nisei Lounge, which pledged in this Facebook post on Thursday morning that they wouldn't charge a cover. Five hours later they changed their tune, coming up with a plan to reserve space for their regulars while still profiting with a party package. They emailed their regulars, and if they RSVP, they'll get guaranteed admission, but only before 3:25 p.m. today. They'll do the same process for game 4 on Saturday:

It's the most important weekend in Nisei Lounge's 65 year history at 3439 North Sheffield. The phone calls and emails from people who've never been here before are flying in like Arrieta fastballs offering us all the money for "table reservations for dinner and drinks". But we believe it's important to spend this weekend with the fans who got us here, especially the hearty souls who kept coming thru those 2011-2014 seasons.

Nisei provides a cautionary tale, as bar owners can easily change their minds over cover charges. With that in mind, here's a list of Wrigleyville watering holes that aren't charging a cover. And be sure to tip generously. This weekend appears to be on par with New Year's Eve.

UPDATE: Vines on Clark was originally on the list, but they are, in fact, charging a $50 cover.

UPDATE: Murphy's Bleachers is now charging a cover. Check out their rationale below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Celona

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3474 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

Burgers, tacos and other pub fare await fans at The Bar Celona. They'll also have a postgame DJ.

2. Higgins' Tavern

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3259 N Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(312) 281-7637
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A bit west of Wrigley, Higgins Tavern is a neighborhood bar through and through. A cover would likely be against everything this bar stands for.

3. Home Run Inn Pizza (Lakeview)

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3215 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-9696
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This South Side staple is rooting the Cubs on, and serves up Chicago-style thin-crust pizza.

4. hutch

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3301 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-1155
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Hutch isn't charging covers for games 3, 4 and 5. They're taking reservations for dinner, but the bar area is first come, first serve.

5. Johnny O'Hagan's

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3374 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-0944
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$7 Irish car bombs highlight the offerings at O'Hagan's at Clark and Roscoe. There are limited tables.

6. L&L Tavern

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3207 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 528-1303

No matter what those kids from Schaumburg will say, the L&L isn't a scary dive bar. it's a neighborhood bar that doesn't really care about sports and that could very well be your haven.

7. Roadhouse 66 Gas N' Grill

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3478 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

At the corner of Clark and Cornelia, Roadhouse is a place to party and have a burger.

8. Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden

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3258 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-4989
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Possibly the best beer/food combo in the neighborhood, Sheffield's also has a wonderful outdoor area. Smoked meats and other treats await you.

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9. The GMan Tavern

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3740 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 549-2050

The GMan ditched their pool tables to pack more Cubs fans inside the large dive that now houses two bars.

10. The Sports Corner Bar & Grill

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956 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 929-1441
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Over at Addison and Sheffield, right across the street from the stadium, Sports Corner is pretending it's a regular day with no reservations, no cover and its standard menu.

11. Trace

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3714 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 477-3400
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Trace, at least for the moment, isn't charging a cover. Update: Trace management stresses they will never have a cover. Ever.

1. Bar Celona

3474 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Burgers, tacos and other pub fare await fans at The Bar Celona. They'll also have a postgame DJ.

3474 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

2. Higgins' Tavern

3259 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

A bit west of Wrigley, Higgins Tavern is a neighborhood bar through and through. A cover would likely be against everything this bar stands for.

3259 N Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

3. Home Run Inn Pizza (Lakeview)

3215 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

This South Side staple is rooting the Cubs on, and serves up Chicago-style thin-crust pizza.

3215 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

4. hutch

3301 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Hutch isn't charging covers for games 3, 4 and 5. They're taking reservations for dinner, but the bar area is first come, first serve.

3301 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

5. Johnny O'Hagan's

3374 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

$7 Irish car bombs highlight the offerings at O'Hagan's at Clark and Roscoe. There are limited tables.

3374 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

6. L&L Tavern

3207 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

No matter what those kids from Schaumburg will say, the L&L isn't a scary dive bar. it's a neighborhood bar that doesn't really care about sports and that could very well be your haven.

3207 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

7. Roadhouse 66 Gas N' Grill

3478 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

At the corner of Clark and Cornelia, Roadhouse is a place to party and have a burger.

3478 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

8. Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden

3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
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Possibly the best beer/food combo in the neighborhood, Sheffield's also has a wonderful outdoor area. Smoked meats and other treats await you.

3258 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

9. The GMan Tavern

3740 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

The GMan ditched their pool tables to pack more Cubs fans inside the large dive that now houses two bars.

3740 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613

10. The Sports Corner Bar & Grill

956 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

Over at Addison and Sheffield, right across the street from the stadium, Sports Corner is pretending it's a regular day with no reservations, no cover and its standard menu.

956 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613

11. Trace

3714 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Trace, at least for the moment, isn't charging a cover. Update: Trace management stresses they will never have a cover. Ever.

3714 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613

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