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Where to Score a Delicious Meal Near Wrigley Field

By Joel Reese
April 16, 2014
Photo by: Ardit Dizdari

So you went to Wrigley Field, saw a Cubs game and the hot dog and beer just didn’t quite fill you up. (And the Cubs lost, but that’s neither here nor there.) Rather than just go home and order a pizza, check out several nearby spots where you can have a more civilized meal - i.e., more grass-fed rib-eye, less lukewarm pretzel. Even better, they're casual enough that you don’t have to change first. Just don’t bring that big foam “We’re Number 1!” hand with you.

Uncommon Ground
Distance From Wrigley Field: 0.2 miles
Once a funky one-room coffee shop, Uncommon Ground has grown into an organic empire that rules the corner of Roscoe and Clark. The seasonal menu changes often, but one thing that’s always available is the wildly popular bacon-wrapped meatloaf with a side of fried cheese curds. Yum.
Insider Tip: If you want a delicious libation that's also good for Chicago, order the Agripolitan, a seasonal drink that features fresh, local ingredients and benefits local charities that plant fruit trees in the city.

HB Home Bistro
Distance From Wrigley Field:
0.5 miles
This Boystown BYOB offers a contemporary, seasonal take on American comfort food, including a pan-roasted trout with homemade crème fraîche and bacon gastrique. The charming spot is pretty small and locals are in on the secret, so a reservation wouldn’t hurt.
Insider Tip: You can get a three-course prix fixe menu for $30 on Wednesday nights. And the front window offers great people-watching, if one of the tables is available.

TAC Thai Quick Kitchen
Distance From Wrigley Field:
0.5 miles
Once a hidden gem known only by Thai-food aficionados, it’s safe to say the beloved spot just north of the Sheridan Red Line station has been discovered. The BYOB earns raves for its Northern Thai specialties, such as stir-fried glass noodle with jumbo shrimp, ginger, garlic and vegetables served in a hot clay pot.
Insider Tip: TAC’s “secret” menu isn’t so secret anymore - it gets equal billing with their standard menu on the website. Still, whisper when you order the kuay teaw pet (egg noodles with duck). Just for fun.

Tango Sur
Distance From Wrigley Field:
0.5 miles
The dim lighting and South American music of this Argentinean steakhouse seem a universe away from the Americana of Wrigley Field. But you’ll adapt easily once you dig into a grass-fed bone-in rib-eye topped with garlicky chimichurri and a heaping side of mashed potatoes.
Insider Tip: You’ll need your own bottle to take advantage of Tango Sur’s BYOB policy, so we’d recommend a hearty Malbec from the adorable wine shop Que Syrah right down the street. Also: order the empanadas. Trust us.

Rise Sushi & Sake Lounge
Distance From Wrigley Field:
0.6 miles
Fresh sushi, cool atmosphere, a wide variety of sake. What’s not to like? But keep your eye on the ball and check out the menu, which includes 27 types of nigiri.
Insider Tip: Wine - alas, not sake - is 50% off on Monday and Tuesday.

Southport & Irving
Distance From Wrigley Field:
0.6 miles
The vintage lounge-feel gets an upgrade with an extensive craft beer list, a varied cocktail menu and classic contemporary American cuisine with global influences, such as ginger and spring onion-marinated statler chicken breast with pan-roasted red cabbage and bulgogi sauce.
Insider tip: You like wine? Select bottles are 50% off on Tuesdays.

SpritzBurger
Distance From Wrigley Field:
0.6 miles
The former Hearty has been repurposed into an all-star-chef burger bonanza, combining renowned “Hearty Boys” Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh with dessert maven Gale Gand. The whimsical spot features burgers made from grass-fed beef, shrimp and scallops, lamb and more, as well as a full list of fun, handcrafted sodas (and cocktails).
Insider Tip: It’s an absolute necessity that you save room for Gand’s desserts. If you can’t decide on one (totally understandable), consider the tasting trio, which allows you to pick small, shareable portions of any three options.

endgrain
Distance From Wrigley Field:
1 mile
Ok, it’s a little bit of a walk from Wrigley Field, but a) it’s straight west on Addison, and b) it’s darn good. Chef Enoch Simpson has a way with farm-based American cuisine, especially the fried chicken with a side of pork gravy and smoked mashed potatoes.
Insider Tip: One word: biscuits. For real.

Places Mentioned

HB Home Bistro

American • Lakeview

Food25 Decor21 Service24 Cost$36
 
 
 
Uncommon Ground

American • Lakeview

Food22 Decor20 Service20 Cost$29
 
 
 
Southport & Irving SIP

American • Lakeview

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endgrain

American • Roscoe Village

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Tango Sur

Argentinian • Lakeview

Food24 Decor18 Service19 Cost$31
 
 
 
Spritz Burger

Lakeview East

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