The curse of the billy goat is no more—but for the Chicago Cubs' rapidly changing home 'hood, is that such a good thing?
The Cuban sandwich at neighborhood fave Southport Grocery.
Even months later, it’s still hard to fathom that the Cubs—“lovable losers” for so many years—are baseball’s reigning World Champions. That is, until you take a gander at the mammoth construction site that is the intersection of Clark and Addison, where the team’s recent success and international following has spurred a flurry of development around Wrigley Field, from a boutique hotel and movie theater to apartments, restaurants, and, of course, parking. Much-needed changes or the Disney-fication of a beloved neighborhood? Only time will tell. Here’s how things stand today.
Where the action is: Clark between Grace and Roscoe.
The crowd: Big 10 grads in party mode; wide-eyed, selfie-taking sports fans; yuppies pushing strollers to Julius Meinl (3601 N. Southport Ave.) for Viennese coffee.
Handbag of choice: Dooney & Burke’s leather Dover ($448), in camel with subtle Cubs logo pattern for the stylishly understated fan.
Green means: The beer on St. Patty’s Day flowing through the bars lining the street.
Must-stroll street: Alta Vista Terrace, a historic block of 19th-century London-inspired row houses just three blocks north of the stadium.
Craving: Empanadas at Tango Sur (3763 N. Southport Ave.); spicy fried chicken sandwiches at Roost (1467 W. Irving Park Rd.)
Baby name: Take your pick: Bryant, Rizzo, Russell, Lester, Ross, Heyward...