It’s officially baseball season in Chicago. And even better, the Cubs are looking p-r-e-t-t-y good so far. So snatch up some tickets and head to the most beautiful park in all of Major League Baseball. And yes, this article is totally biased, for I am born and bred on the North Side. I’m sure that the “other” ballpark is kid friendly as well, but there is no place else for “Take me Out to the Ball Game” like Wrigley Field! Here are some tried and true tips for taking kids to Wrigley Field.
How to Prepare for Your Wrigley Field Visit
- As for tickets, if you child is under two and willing to be your lap buddy, there is no need for them to have a ticket. If older, be sure to purchase a ticket for them. Be sure to stop by Fan Services to get an ID wristband to reunite lost children with their parent/guardian.
- Slather on the sunscreen (aerosol is NOT allowed in the park), pack hats, and bring layers for all of you. Chicago weather changes in an instant, and the friendly confines can also be named “the sunny confines.” Also, if there is a hot day, be sure to have some type of fabric for your little one to sit on (the sun beats down on the seats and they get HOT).
- Pack snacks. As long as you use a plastic baggie, security will not stop you regarding bringing in snacks to the ball park for your little one. But don’t forget to indulge in some of the delicious treats from the ballpark!
- Bring a sippy cup and SEALED drinks. If drinks are unsealed, they will not be allowed in the park.
- Decide on your baby’s transport; stroller or baby carrier. Personally, I would stick to just a baby carrier simply because it might be helpful if baby snoozes during the game.
Visiting Wrigley Field with Kids
- Stroller Check/Parking There is a designated stroller parking area conducted through the Bike Valet Service located in the alley just east of the main entrance for the CTA Red Line stop.
- Designate a Driver (even if you are taking the L—which is the best way to visit Wrigley) and go to the Fan Services Booth (behind home plate on first level) to make the designated driver pledge and get a coupon for a free fountain drink.
- Family Restrooms are located in sections 113 and 128, we well as Upper Level 307L and 326R and the Budweiser Bleachers. Baby changing stations are available in most restrooms and at First Aid.
- Swing by the First Timers Booth near section 119 to pick up a free “My 1st Cubs Game” free certificate for your little fan.
- Nursing? Take advantage of the First Aid Station, where they have a few toys, a television, fridge and microwave for family use. The First Aid Station is located on the 1st base side of the field on the main concourse. There is also a new nursing pod that you can learn about here.
- Hoping for an autograph? Your best bet is heading to the Magellan Kids Corral right when the park opens or by the players’ parking lot just North of Caretakers Way on Waveland Avenue to try to catch players as they arrive at the ballpark prior to the game.
Every Sunday afternoon home game throughout the season are designated Kids’ Sundays, with promotions specifically geared towards the littlest Cubs fans. In addition to the great giveaways, the first 1,000 kids (with wristband given at entry) are invited to run the bases at Wrigley.
If you have a Cubs crazy kiddo, joining Clark’s Crew is a great idea. With the $25 membership your child will receive a ton of goodies, including a backpack, jersey, free ticket to a Wrigley Field tour, activity book, lanyard, and other discounts and freebies.
Looking for a unique gift for a Cubs loving family? For $45 you can encourage the mantra of “Go Cubs Go” with a gift package that includes a onesie, hat, customized birth certificate, and personalized photo birth announcement.
Want to be able to check out Wrigley Field behind the scenes and have the ultimate photo shoot? Then check out my guide on taking a Wrigley Field Tour.
I’m sure you won’t be able to stay for the stretch, so be sure to belt it out loud enough so Ronnie can hear you, no matter what inning it is. Go CUBS go! Hope these tips for taking your kids to Wrigley Field help you enjoy the game as much as possible!
Crossing my fingers for a World Series Victory!
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