Chicago – December 2022 – Winterland

Normally a trip up the Red Line to Addison Station means it is baseball season. But not today, with snow on the ground.

For the past few years the area around Wrigley Field has held a Christmas Market. This year they expanded it to include events on the field inside the stadium, calling the festival ‘Winterland’.

The concourses were decorated for the season.

But it was when you popped out of the tunnel onto the field that the real magic happens. We are standing (on plastic flooring) in left field of the best baseball stadium in the world (sorry Boston). Even though it is dormant in the winter, we are next to the famed ivy covered outfield walls.

The giant baseball in front of the equally famous bleachers was for taking selfies.

For enough money you can rent one of the luxury chalets in front of the out of town scoreboard.

There were a number of activities available to participate in.

It was surreal to watch a small kiddie train run around the infield.

A giant Cubby Bear watched over the scene.

A carousel was located outside the stadium in the Christmas Market area.

Least you forget it is still home of the Chicago Cubs!

Chicago – May 2017 – Scenes from around Wrigley Field

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With a hotel in Wrigleyville, and a game scheduled, it was the perfect time to wander around the neighborhood while the crowd gathered. Without tickets, and being much too cold for late May, I skipped the game to focus on the outside scenes.

Th Addison El stop.

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Knock off T Shirts across the street from the stadium grounds.

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Pay homage to Cubs great Billy Williams.

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Security was out in full force.

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Some San Francisco Giants fans hanging out in front of the fire station.

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Need a Cubs shirt?

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Riding in style.

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With parking a premium, the flaggers go all out to attract attention. His 10′ high PARKING sign was mounted in his backpack. Many are jammed under the El tracks, and throughout small lots in the neighborhood. Most cost $40 for a 3 hour game.

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Chicago – August 2008 – A Perfect Doubleheader

A trip to Chicago in August, 2008 provided the chance for a perfect baseball doubleheader, a White Sox game in the afternoon and a Cubs game the same night.

While this seems a bit backwards given the tradition of the Cubs and daytime games, it was what worked out, and thanks to friends, we had great seats for both games.

First – the Red Line to 35th Street.

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Back on the Red Line to Wrigley Field.

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Before joining the crowd on the train back downtown to our hotel.

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Chicago – September 2007 – Wrigley Rooftops

Thanks to a friend I got tickets to a Chicago Cubs game on a rooftop across the street. Arriving in Chicago mid day I spent a few hours wandering around downtown before heading over to Wrigley Field.

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But then it was time for the game so I headed up on the El. The building I went into was built as a 4 floor party center, with seats on top. While not the best view I have ever had it was still an experience.

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