Formerly a working class neighborhood heavily populated by factory workers and their families, Wrigleyville is the nickname of the neighborhood surrounding the Chicago Cubs iconic baseball stadium Wrigley Field, but the area is more commonly referred to as Central Lakeview. The district features low-rise brick buildings and more affordable houses than its Lakeview East neighbor.
Wrigleyville teems with life and hometown spirit thanks to rowdy fans in the summertime during baseball season, particularly on the main thoroughfare North Clark Street that feature an abundance of sports-themed restaurants and bars such as Sluggers, Casey Moran’s, Roadhouse 66, Sports Corner and The Cubby Bear. Legendary broadcaster Harry Caray’s Wrigleyville restaurant location closed in 2010.
But Wrigleyville is more than just baseball, the neighborhood boasts an impressive assortment of boutiques, specialty shops, live music and theater venues, and a bevy of restaurants that serve up everything from Chicago-style hotdogs to trendy comfort food to haute cuisine. Northwestern University, the Goodman School of Drama and Truman College are also located nearby.
Wrigleyville borders run from Diversey Parkway and Irving Park Road to Halstead Street and Racine Avenue.
The Early Days
Originally called Lakeview Township, the area was initially used as a camp and trail path for the Miami, Ottawa and Winnebago Native American tribes.