Wrigleyville

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Get to know Wrigleyville

In case the name didn’t tip you off, Wrigleyville is the friendly neighborhood that immediately surrounds “the friendly confines” of Wrigley Field. While the area used to be a bit worn down — as was typical around sports stadiums in the days before sports-driven retail developments — it has now become a tourist mecca, even on days when there isn’t a ball game. But on days when there is, it’s a madhouse, and the innumerable bars and restaurants overflow onto the sidewalks and even onto the rooftops, especially those with a good view of the infield. When there’s no game, the stadium hosts concerts and other events, and markets and street fairs fill the surrounding streets. Wrigleyville is tiny, and the few residential units there are row houses and small walk-up apartment buildings. But the neighborhood is surrounded by the vastness of Lakeview’s many enclaves and is walkable from any of them.

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Wrigleyville Living in Chicago

There may be people who live in Chicago who do not love Chicago, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one of them. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the sprawling suburbs, Chicago is a global metropolis that still manages to be Midwestern friendly. The city has some 600 parks, and 18.5 miles of trail along the shore of the lake and another lining the rivers of downtown. The food is among the best and most varied in the world, thanks in part to a culture fed by Poles and Greeks and Mexicans and Vietnamese as well as a hundred other ethnicities. Museums and performance venues abound, and public art fills green space and public squares. Public transportation is easy, as is reaching either U.S. coast in half a day. Even in the midst of its notoriously frigid winters, you won’t find a warmer city to call home.