After last year’s unexpectedly deep playoff run (on the heels of the league’s third-best record, no less), viewing space for the Cubs’ 2016 home opener will be at a premium. Ahead of the north siders’ April 11 Wrigley Field debut against the Cincinnati Reds, plot your seat at one of the below locales and indulge in a game-time flavor more palpable than Cracker Jacks: hope.
Round the beer bases with $3 16-oz. cans of Old Style, Schlitz, and PBR, and $4 16-oz. cans of Budweiser and Bud Light (or, corral the entire cabal of brews with the $15 Old School Bucket) at River North’s recently-renovated gastropub. Lucky for your fomenting #fomo, raffle cards for game tickets accompany the purchase of a featured beer. Available now through April 11. 400 N. State St., 312-265-1240
With their April-only ‘North Sider’ pie—goat sausage, scallions, and lemon zest topping whipped goat cheese—the pizzeria is breaking bread (literally) with the Curse of the Billy Goat. If the Cubbies prevail in October, thank Chef Tony Mantuano for his crusty kismet. 110 E. Pearson St., 312-266-3110
As if their $10 for any-burger-with-any-beer special weren’t sufficiently enticing, consider this: not terribly long before last year’s postseasonbreakout, cherubic sophomore catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber headlined at Indiana University—so head to Lakeview’s resident Hoosier haunt for added luck. 2934 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-770-0700
The myriad tables at Marina City's Susan Sarandon-backed ping parlor provide an apoplectic outlet for any antagonizing innings gone awry (it’s happened). Get some liquid limberness beforehand with the $5 Broad Shoulders—a shot of Very Old Barton chased with a Coors Banquet Bottle. 344 N. State St., 773-635-9999
Base-balling on a budget? Down $15 Old Style and domestic buckets, complemented by $5 Cubs Ketel One punch, at the Lakeview lounge. At a lean $3, jumbo pizza slices (read: jumbo) are the evening’s go-to starter, middle reliever, and closer. 1638 W. Belmont Ave., 773-828-5055
Diversify your ballpark palette and ditch the tried-and-true ballpark frank for half-price tacos at the 20-plus TV tavern. Drinking game suggestion: raise a special-priced $4 Corona for every mention of Joe Maddon’s “look hot” dress code. 3258 N. Southport Ave., 773-528-8226
Should you prefer your viewing experience upscale and unfettered, reserve a Gold Coast staycation with the tony inn’s ‘Celebrate like it’s 1908’ package which, in a nod to the team’s last World Series victory, is discounting select room rates to $190.8/night. Attending the game? Pocket a handful of their Nico Osteria trail mix for the Lexus-provided drive to-and-from Wrigleyville. Pending availability; bookings require 72 hours advanced notice; through November 30. E. Bellevue Pl., 312-266-2100