Being the huge Cubs fan I am, a visit to Wrigley Field is something I always recommend for visitors to the Windy City. Even if you're not a Cubs fan, but are a baseball fan, you'll be able to appreciate the charm and tradition and history of the country's second oldest ball park.
But, if you head to a game (or even if you don't), there's just something magical about the neighborhood and it's a fun place to be on game day - or even stroll around on a non-game day. There are some lively bars and awesome eateries in the neighborhood for a bite (I love Cubby Bear and Rockit Burger Bar.) It's also worth taking a walk all the way around the ball park to see the statues erected to some Cubs legends. Stop in the Wrigleyville Firehouse and meet the friendly crew.
This past year more changes were made and I have mixed feelings. I'll always long for the Wrigleyville of my youth, when we parked at a nearby convent and walked over to our day game (they were all day games back then in the early 1980's!!!) to watch from the bleachers (for like $6 a ticket!) A new park and plaza have been constructed and a new hotel is being built on Addison St. However, it's progress and in the end will enhance the offerings to visitors even if I will miss the Wrigleyville of the old days.
Wrigley Field is located right next to the red line station, so if you're staying in a downtown hotel, you can hop on and take the "El" train that will stop right next to the ball park. Here's a few shots from last October as we visited the neighborhood right after the Cubs were FINALLY named World Series Champs!