WRIGLEYVILLE — Those new veggie hot dogs at Wrigley Field are beefing up the team's ranking — on PETA's list of top 10 "vegetarian-friendly" ballparks, that is.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ranked Wrigley Field as the 10th most "vegetarian-friendly" Major League Baseball stadium in the U.S., marking the second time the ballpark has cracked the top 10. Wrigley Field first tied for 10th place with Milwaukee's Miller Park in 2009 and then disappeared from the rankings.
But this season's additions of a veggie hot dog and a veggie chopped salad pushed Wrigley Field back up, making it a "shoo-in," according to a release from PETA. The stadium also offers veggie burgers and a tempeh-based barbecue sandwich called the "Sloppy Jane."
Farther south, U.S. Cellular Field earned an honorable mention from the group for its veggie burgers, meat-free burritos and corn on the cob.
Both parks lost out to the Philadelphia Phillies' Citizens Bank Park, which has been named baseball's most "vegetarian-friendly" park for the past two years for its vegan chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese and crab-free crabcake salads.
A 2012 Gallup poll found that about 5 percent of Americans say they are vegetarians and about 2 percent say they are vegan. The numbers have remained steady for the past 10 years, Gallup said.
Chicago as a whole is also welcoming to those who forgo meat, according to PETA. The group declared it the fifth-most "vegan-friendly" city in the U.S.
The group named Lakeview and Logan Square's The Chicago Diner as "one of the most legendary vegan-friendly restaurants in the world" and lauded Urban Vegan, a Thai restaurant with locations in Uptown and Lincoln Park.
The Cubs and Wrigley Field are 95 percent owned by a trust established for the benefit of the family of Joe Ricketts, owner and CEO of DNAinfo.com. Joe Ricketts has no direct involvement in the management of the iconic team.