Fancy a baseball game in the city of Chicago this season? The iconic Cubs and the often overlooked White Sox are the big names in baseball here. Just like with New York’s MLB teams, we’ll break down what to expect with each game experience here, including the teams, stadiums, food, and prices. If you don’t already have a favorite baseball team in Chicago, we’ll compare the MLB options and help you decide which game to buy tickets for!
The White Sox
Since their 2005 World Series title that no one seems to remember, the White Sox haven’t exactly gotten much media attention. In fact, lots of fans say they’ve been totally ignored. For the past couple of years now, the Sox have been doing some “rebuilding”… which basically means they’ve torn their team apart to get new talent. It takes a while to reap the rewards of this strategy, but the currently sub .500 Sox team remains interesting and lovable. They’ve got young players and they’ll be even stronger and more exciting later in the season… if everybody can get healthy.
Guaranteed Rate Stadium on the South Side of Chicago. Located in the rough around the edges neighborhood of Armour Square, it’s still a welcoming, family-friendly, and relatively cheap place to catch an MLB game. During bad seasons (which Sox fans are used to by now) they don’t even come close to selling out the stadium (like that other team across town) so it’s easy to get tickets.
Don’t sleep on the food here. Old-timers include the Triple Play BBQ Sandwich with brisket, pulled pork, and sausage, “tater tachos” served in a mini-helmet, doughnuts, and of course, the classics like deep dish pizza from Beggar’s Pizza Pub and Chicago-style hot dogs like “the Comiskey Dog” with the works (mustard, onions, pickle relish, dill pickle spear, tomatoes, peppers, and celery salt, and NO ketchup). You’ll also find tacos, bacon on a stick, pickle chips, chicken tenders, Cuban sandwiches, elotes, Polish sausages, pierogi, nachos, and funnel cakes. There are also some new offerings like chocolate and caramel-covered pretzel rods and churro ice cream sandwiches, but their ludicrous three-pound ice cream sundae served in an adult-sized baseball helmet is also back this season.
You’re looking at $7 on average for a domestic draft. But they’ve also got a selection of over 100 craft beers (at higher prices) at places like The Craft Kave and the newly built Revolution Brewing Tap Room with more premium stuff. FYI, booze sales stop after the 7th inning.
$26.73 is the average price for a White Sox ticket, which is at the lower end of the price range for MLB tickets. Check Razorgator’s selection of White Sox tickets because we’ve got some that start between $4 and $6. Talk about an affordable outing! Oh, and word on the street is that if you hate your view, ballpark officials usually aren’t too fussed if you change seats.
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The stadium does a lot to bring out the fans. On Dog Day, you can bring your pups in the outfield sections. Family Sundays offer cheap ticket prices (like $5) and activities for kids. And they even host themed games, like the popular mullet night, Star Wars, Elvis, and heritage-themed nights like Polish, Italian, Hispanic, and Greek (and there’s usually fireworks at the end).
The Chicago Cubs
Formerly known as “lovable losers,” the Cubs (and Cubs fans) have a different feel to them since winning a World Series. With a solid bullpen, great starting rotation, and a winning record, the Cubs aren’t looking bad this season either. Things started out a little rough, with sloppy play and frustrating losses early on, but the powers that be are predicting they’ll make the playoffs. Star pitcher Yu Darvish was signed for a crazy $126 million, but he hasn’t been healthy since May so we’ll see how things go…
The historic Wrigley Field is magical to Cubs fans, especially after they FINALLY won a World Series in 2016 (it only took 100+ years). This iconic ballpark has ivy-covered walls and a manually-operated scoreboard, plus it’s located smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago – the surrounding area has become affectionately known as Wrigleyville. They “fly the W” when they win.
Chicago is home to a massive foodie scene and amazing chefs. In 2017, Wrigley Field began a “Chef Series” which featured the master of Mexican food, Rick Bayless, and Girl & the Goat owner, Stephanie Izard. But for the local classics, stop by Hot Doug’s for Chicago sausages, Giordano’s for deep dish pizza, or Buona Beef for juicy Italian beef sandwiches. New offerings for 2018 include short rib sandwiches, chicken tinga tacos, or the Chick-argo fusion sandwich which features fried chicken on an onion roll with Chicago hot dog toppings. You’ll also find several stands selling ice cream, more hot dogs, popcorn, pizza, sandwiches, and the other usual ballpark suspects.
Beers at Cubs games are the second-priciest in the league with regular domestic beers averaging $9. Whew! Not yet crazy on the craft beers, Anheuser-Busch largely runs things here still, but you can get the local favorite Goose Island and newcomer Lagunitas.
The Chicago Cubs have the highest average ticket cost in the MLB at $58.57, but we’ve got tickets at Razorgator starting between $15 and $25. The Upper Deck Box has good views and the Budweiser Bleachers are always a good time. Avoid tix that are labeled as having a “limited view” and you’ll be fine.
Look for days when they give out free swag – like bobbleheads! – to the first 10,000 fans that enter. And if you wanna do something super unique, make reservations in the Wrigley Rooftops. These are seats on the roofs of homes in surrounding Wrigleyville and they usually come with all-inclusive food and drinks.
It’s a classic case of seeing a budget-friendly game or the iconic, high-priced hometown heroes. Still can’t decide between the White Sox and the Cubs? Grab tickets for the Crosstown Classic and attend home games at each stadium! They’ve already played at Wrigley Field for 2018, but you can still catch both teams at Guaranteed Rate Field in September – we’ve got cheap tickets – and then just throw in a game at Wrigley when you get around to it! What better way to compare each stadium yourself?