Best Chicago Neighborhoods for Sports Fans
Residents of the Windy City sure do love their sports! From the Sox and the Cubbies to da Bears, the Blackhawks and the Bulls, Chicago plays host to some of the world’s most beloved sports teams. If you’re a die-hard fan, you’ll want to hang your hat in one of the best Chicago neighborhoods for sports fans.
It’s not called “Wrigleyville” for nothing. Home to Chicago’s beloved (but troubled) Cubs, Wrigleyville encompasses Wrigley Field and its surrounding area. Arguably the coolest baseball stadium in the country, Wrigley Field is special in a number of ways: It’s historic, it’s rowdy and–most importantly–it is surrounded by party central.
During the summer, Wrigleyville morphs from a fun and nightlife-rich neighborhood into an all-out center for pandemonium. From its many bars (some hot spots include John Barleycorn, Sluggers, Harry Carray’s and Guthrie’s Tavern) to its plethora of dining options, Wrigleyville provides an incredible neighborhood atmosphere unmatched around more modern sports complexes. The area also hosts a number of street festivals, including Summerfest and the ever-popular Ribfest.
Wrigleyville is certainly a good place to party, but you’ve been forewarned: If you’re not a die-hard Cubs fan, you might grow weary of the neighborhood’s constant buzz (and we’re not talking about white noise). Luckily, Wrigleyville also boasts its share of residential, tree-lined streets, and is just steps away from greater Lakeview (read on!).
Lakeview is a large neighborhood that lies just north of desirable Lincoln Park. It actually contains a number of smaller neighborhoods within its borders, including Wrigleyville and Boystown. If you want the nonstop nightlife of Wrigleyville just steps from your Chicago apartment, but aren’t sure if you can handle all the chaos, Lakeview is where you want to be. Lakeview offers plenty of bars for watching Chicago sports teams do their thing, and is home to the city’s most diverse array of nightlife.
If you want easy access to Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field, take up residence in the South Loop. The area is conveniently located (it sits due south of the Loop), boasts excellent transportation options, and is quite walkable (it got a rating of 89 from WalkScore). You can take the Red Line down to see the Sox play or trek to Soldier Field on foot. If you want to venture up north to catch a Cubs game or head to the United Center to see the Bulls or the Hawks have at it, all you have to do is hop on the El.
True Bulls and Blackhawks fans should consider finding a Chicago apartment in the West Loop area. Historically an industrial district, the West Loop has become one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods in recent years. Not only is the area close the United Center, it plays host to the Chicago dining scene’s most notable restaurants, so sports fans can grab a bite before watching a game at one the area’s many bars and pubs.