Chicago hot dogs and Wrigley Field complement each other like margaritas on Taco Tuesday, but outside of the home for the Cubs baseball team you might want something more substantial to eat. We've gathered a great list of Wrigleyville-area restaurants for a good sitdown with friends and/or family that are perfect for before or after the game.
Of course, everything's in walking distance, from an innovative gourmet burger outfit to a contemporary seafood boil eatery where you can catch all the big games on large-screen televisions--just in case you didn't get tickets.
Coda di Volpe
Why We Love It: Chicagoans are passionate about their favorite local Italian restaurants, and this newcomer to the Southport Corridor is stealthily making its way on every hot list. Coda di Volpe serves up southern Italian fare and it's from the folks behind The Gage. There's brunch on weekends, so those heading here before a game should order the chef's selection for four or more people. It's $25 per person and consists of whatever the chef feels like doing that morning. That could include anything from a vegetable frittata to spicy fennel sausage pizza. The Sicilian Bloody Mary is another highlight: It's made with Calabrian chili spicy tomatoes, lemon, pickled pepper, pecorino cheese and soppressata, an Italian dry salami.
Hours: 4:30-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4:30-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
Address: 3335 N. Southport Ave., 773-687-8568
Why We Love It: This lively pizza parlor cranks out 'za by the slice, 12" and 20", which is enough to serve up to six people. For those looking to try something beyond typical cheese or sausage pies, there's The Mac--with traditional mac 'n' cheese toppings--chicken and waffles (with fried chicken, mini waffle bites and honey), and vegan Philly (mozzarella, pulled vegetables, red onions, ranch sauce). A seasonal pie is topped with all the fixings of a classic Chicago hot dog: all beef hot dog, pickles, onion, and tomato on a white sauce base topped with mustard, relish, pickled peppers, poppy seeds and celery salt. There's a second location in Wicker Park.
Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday through Sunday
Address: 3463 N. Clark St., 773-525-4580
DMK Burger Bar
Why We Love It: The original location for DMK Burger Bar is less than one mile away from Wrigley Field in Lakeview. And while fantastic burger choices are plentiful in the area, DMK is the only one serving up 15 varieties, including those made of grass-fed beef and bison. Guests can feel really good about their purchases, too. Every month, DMK teams up with a different local non-profit organization with a special event or menu item to raise money. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefits the charity.
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-midnight Friday, Saturday
Address: 2954 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-360-8686
Why We Love It: Adjacent to DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar offers a number of fun options, including raw (ceviche, tartare, oysters), spreads (smoked whitefish, salmon), seasonal fish tacos, crispy (calamari, hush puppies, whole smelt) and on a bun (lobster roll, spicy Mahi Mahi, oyster Po'Boy). Fun libations like local craft beer selections and seasonal cocktails add to the experience.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday
Address: 2956 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-687-8177
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
Why We Love It: You won't find any other place in town where you'll encounter a brunch like this: men performing in full drag as every diva ranging from Diana Ross to Lady Gaga. Enjoy Kit Kat's show while noshing on items like bacon truffle mac 'n' cheese, Rice Krispie French toast or a "Big Hot Mess" of fried chicken and biscuits accompanied by two eggs served sunny side up. The restaurant also features annual birthday diva brunches for the likes of Britney Spears, Madonna and Whitney Houston.
Hours: Brunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Address: 3700 N. Halsted St., 773-525-1111
Why We Love It: Heading to a night game? Lowcountry is an ideal stopover as it is prime for happy hour daily before 7 p.m. Guests who purchase food at the bar are eligible for half off on craft cocktails and draft beers. The seafood boil-style restaurant offers lobster, shrimp, mussels, king crab legs and more that's mixed up with sauces and corn on the cob, red potatoes or andouille sausage. There's also fried shrimp, calamari and soft-shell crab on the menu. Customers can tune in to the game on many large-screen monitors.
Hours: 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 4-9 p.m. Sunday
Address: 3343 N. Clark St., 773-996-9997
Milt's BBQ for the Perplexed
Why We Love It: This Lakeview gem features authentic kosher barbecue with even vegan and gluten-free selections. Milt's is a good place to take families with offerings like smoked brisket empanadas, smoked barbecue spare ribs and barbecue salmon. All meats are smoked on premises.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday
Address: 3411 North Broadway, 773-661-6384
Raw Bar & Grill
Why We Love It: One of the longest-running occupants of Wrigleyville, Raw Bar is still holding its own among the area's trendiest and more fashionable restaurants. Its Art Deco setting feels retro, yet still cool, and the menu is filled with classic seafood entrees. Those looking for something quick and shareable should order the seafood tower, which is $100. It's loaded up with lobster, oysters, clams, crab claws, shrimp cocktail and crab legs.
Hours: 3.p.m.-2 a.m. daily
Address: 3720 N Clark St., 773-348-7291
Why We Love It: Live music occurs almost nightly at this organic- and farm-to-table focused restaurant that's also been around for a long time. Uncommon Ground offers a globally influenced menu that includes signature bites like Korean-fried calamari, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, grass-fed skirt steak frites, and Baja fish tacos made with ancho chile-marinated Atlantic cod. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes get plenty of play at Uncommon Ground.
Hours: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday
Address: 3800 N. Clark St., 773-929-3680