Cubs Opening Day at Wrigley: What You Need to Know
WRIGLEYVILLE — Time to play ball again at Wrigley Field.
The Chicago Cubs open the 2013 season at home Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers, in a 1:20 p.m. game that will be televised on WGN and broadcast on WGN-AM 720.
Tickets are still available for Opening Day, Cubs spokesman Julian Green said.
Parking passes for the Cubs-owned lot at 1126 W. Grace St. can be purchased by calling 800-THE-CUBS. Private lots are also around the field. Drivers can reserve spaces with ParkWhiz, Park for Wrigley or SpotHero, at costs ranging from $12.99 to $66.
Wrigley Field is offering free bike valet parking starting two hours before the game, so cyclists will have a place to keep their rides, too.
And, of course, Wrigley Field is highly accessible by the Red Line, which stops at Addison. Exit at the Sheridan or Belmont stop for the path of least crowdedness.
Food and Drink
Dozens of spots in Wrigleyville will be celebrating Opening Day with specials. Reminder: While many bars will open anywhere from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m., nobody can serve booze until 7 a.m.
New to Wrigley: Sweet Baby Ray's, a local barbecue restaurant chain, will have the grand opening Monday for its first location in the city, 3478 N. Clark St. The special game day menu will include sliders, pulled-pork sandwiches and ribs — at least while they last, said Dylan Lipe, the restaurant's director of food and beverage. The eatery opens at 10 a.m. and plans to close whenever people stop coming in.
Buffet of Sausages: Socca, 3301 N. Clark St., will be serving a $10 all-you-can-eat Chicago sausage bar, with hot dogs, brats, Polish, Italian and kielbasa. It starts at 10:30 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m., with live music starting at 11 a.m.
Broadcasts at Bars: John Barleycorn will be open at 6 a.m. for food and 7 a.m. for drink. The bar, at 3524 N. Clark St., will host Lou from radio station Q87.7 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. as they broadcast and give out prizes, including concert tickets and rooftop tickets. Over on Sheffield, WGN will be broadcasting from Murphy's Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield Ave.