Batter up! When the Cubs make their 2018 Wrigley Field debut on April 9, the best seat in the house depends on your culinary taste. We’ve put together a list of some of the best food and drink deals in town, whether you’re right in the heart of Wrigleyville or farther from The Friendly Confines.
Editor's note: Due to inclement weather, the Cubs home opener has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 10, at 1:20 p.m.; the below specials will still be honored.
Located in the Hotel Zachary, the just-opened sequel to the restaurant's wildly popular Wicker Park location offers up favored staples like Al Pastor, Panza and Baja Fish tacos, while introducing new craveworthy options like ballpark-inspired Hot Chips, a must-try mashup of nachos and chilaquiles. Quench your thirst with an extensive array of whiskey options and inexpensive beer while watching the game on the space's eight retractable TV screens. 3640 N. Clark St., 773-235-4039
Also based out of Hotel Zachary, this brand-new, 8,000-square-foot destination smokes all their meat in-house and offers an unbeatable terrace view of The Park at Wrigley. Choose from $7 Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies, $9 Smoked BBQ Wings, and if you can’t make up your mind, get it all with the $27 Taste of the Daddy platter (replete with ribs, smoked meats and sides like sweet potato fries and mac-n-cheese). 3630 N. Clark St., 773-227-2583.
Hunker down at the bar to watch the game at either location while snacking on a non-traditional version of popcorn. Chef Eric Babula's bar nibble will tease your palette with a bit of bacon fat, smoked almond toffee and candied jalapeno salt all mixed together. 1932 W. Division St., 773-278-1919 (The Boundary); 1419 N. Wells St., 312-477-2800 (Old Town Pour House)
As an homage to the classic ballpark hot dog, get your hands on this special sushi roll, offered now until April 9th, equipped with traditional toppings including pickles, onions, tomatoes, relish, peppers, mustard, celery salt and spicy tuna wrapped in sesame soy paper. 110 W. Illinois St., 312-644-0500
This is the place to buy everyone a round of Oberon beer, as they’re offering a Bell’s Oberon punch card starting on April 9th through May 16th. For every 10 punches of Oberon beer bought, enter for a chance to win two tickets to a Cubs game. 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 312-610-8050
Move the tailgating group to this spot, which is only seven minutes from Wrigley Field, and chow down on the seafood spot's seasonal crawfish boil for $13 per pound. Enjoy $4 PBR’s and nosh on small plates like $6 fried pickles, $8 fried shrimp, or $10 wings. 3343 N. Clark St., 888-883-8375
Stir up your own team spirit with a game of darts during commercial breaks and rally up your friends for a $50 triple play tower of stadium food filled with mini hot dogs, nachos, calamari, onion rings, wings and various sauces. $65 will get you the tower and a bucket of beer. 113 W. Hubbard St., 312-644-0113
Grab a seat at the bar, roll up your sleeves up and dig into their popular burger consisting of a house-ground blend of onion, pork belly and short rib. Add in a Pulaski Pills for their $15 burger-and-beer game day special.660 N. Orleans St., 312-624-9892
For those with a sweets craving during the seventh-inning stretch, hop on by the River North resto to get a slice of their strawberry ice cream pie. For the entire month of April, $1 from every slice of pie sold goes toward Cubs Charities. 60 E. Grand Ave., 312-379-5637
Photography courtesy of Lindsey Simon/DineAmic Group
Feel as if you’re sitting in Wrigley Field watching the game with the 30-foot screen or 27 TV screens displayed at this restaurant. Enjoy $20 buckets of five 16-oz. ice cold Old Style cans of beer or opt for your own personal beer tap at your table. 400 N. State St., 312-265-1240