Wrigleyville, named for the legendary Wrigley Field, has been home to the Chicago Cubs since the stadium’s construction in 1914. Restaurateurs set up shop here in their droves too, helping to define Wrigleyville against the greater Lakewood neighborhood it carved itself out of. Here’s our selection of the best food joints the area has to offer today.
For the complete Chicago dog experience, head to Byron’s Hot Dog Haus in Wrigleyville. The traditional Chicago hot dog has seven key ingredients besides the bun and the Vienna beef, including mustard, onion, relish, dill pickle, tomato slices, sport peppers, and celery salt, plus lettuce, green pepper and cucumber! Byron’s delivers on all accounts, and makes for the perfect place to eat before a Cubs game.
Right around the corner from Wrigley Field is the Salt & Pepper Diner, a Wrigleyville institution for over 20 years. Hop up to the counter at this vintage, 1950s-style diner for some of the best brunch and post-game dining options in the city. With its classic, the ultimate cheesy burger, or its blackened tuna steak sandwich, the Salt & Pepper Diner is definitely worth beating the crowd for after a Cubs game.
Rest assured: if it’s delicious, it will be between two buns at Rockit Burger Bar in Wrigleyville! Renowned throughout the city as the go-to burger bar on the north side, Rockit Burger boasts a whopping 18 different styles of burger, with sandwiches, salads, sides, beer, and bloody Marys available upon request. Their patio remains open until close, so be sure to get out there with a burger piled high and a can of Old Style to enjoy an American staple at its best.
Deleece Restaurant elevates the typical fare expected on game day, all in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. From its exposed-brick walls, to the outdoor patio, Deleece is a friendly environment to bring your family, but romantic enough for a date. Before heading to the Mercury Theater for a show, try the popular amish chicken, or the molasses carmelized pork chop, to initiate a great night out in Wrigleyville.
Chicago is definitely a city that loves its meat, ever since its meatpacking industry exploded in the Industrial Revolution. In combination with the history of the reverence for all things meat in Argentina, Tango Sur makes a perfect fit in Wrigleyville. Its sleek, candle-lit ambiance attests to the quality of the food, which borders on the sublime. The empanadas served with garlic and parsley sauce are the perfect appetizer, while el filet, the jewel of this steakhouse, remains unchallenged in all of Wrigleyville.
There’s no need to go south for great barbeque with Wrigley BBQ serving it up and at great prices. This wood burning, slow-cooking smoke house uses the best organic meats available, with local ingredients for their many classic sides. Selling meat by the pound, Wrigley BBQ also makes for great takeaway in one of Chicago’s more pricey neighborhoods.
The Chicago Diner has boldly ventured into the vegan world. Creating an atmosphere unlike any other typical American diner, the owners of The Chicago Diner entertain an alternative clientèle, and are now experiencing national success. Yes sir, from their famed Radical Rueben, to their avocado tostadas and their hugely popular slated caramel and cookie dough vegan milkshakes, this one has plenty to please even the most raging carnivore!
Heating & Cooling Pub (HVAC) boasts an impressive draught listing, great rock’n’roll and pizza by the slice. A multi-level pub, HVAC Pub has an airy yet trendy setup, an upstairs with views of Wrigley Field, an outdoor patio and many flat screen TVs to prevent any unfortunate fans from missing the baseball action.
The Pick Me Up Café serves the neighborhood like few other establishments can: offering late night services for any kind of hunger, whether it be for sweet or savory. The vegan nachos and chicken ranch wrap come highly recommended, and for breakfast, their clown combo with a side of pancakes hits the spot. However, be sure to visit The Pick Me Up during late night for something sweet, like the red velvet triple chocolate crêpe, or the snickers chocolate cheese cake.
When it comes to pizza, Pizza Rustica stays true to its northern Italian roots; offering a thin crust instead of the classic Chicago-style deep dish pizza. That said, the pizza here has developed both a local and regional following for its trademark buttery crust. There are also other pastas and sandwiches to supplement the menu, and a friendly atmosphere that keeps customers coming back for more.