Chicago O'Hare

Two new state-of-the-art stadiums, two baseball teams — and one helluva good time.

The month of May can mean many different things, but to Chicagoans it means the beginning of one of the best times of the year — baseball season! For me, it means grabbing some cheap tickets, a group of friends and a round of brews for an afternoon at Wrigley Field.

One of my absolute favorite memories involves hopping on the Red Line CTA home from work on a Tuesday afternoon. As the train pulled into the Addison station, the bright red marquee bearing the words “Home of the Chicago Cubs” peeked its way through the steel beams of the platform. Commuters began to disembark from the train, blending into the Cubby Blue that blankets the entire neighborhood on a game day. Kids jumped with excitement as they arrived, tugging on their dad’s jerseys as they squealed. There was something so magical to me about those moments.

To experience that same kind of ballpark magic, why not make a fun weekend out of catching a game at the newly renovated Wrigley Field — and a Minor League Game at the brand-spankin’ new Chicago Dogs’ Impact Field?

(Photo Credit: Chicago Dogs Website)

Let’s start with the new kids in town, the Chicago Dogs. (Yes, the namesake comes from our obsession with the perfect Chicago-style hot dog). With their opening on Memorial Day weekend, the Chicago Dogs are the new AAA Baseball team in town — with a park conveniently located just a home run away from Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel. As the team’s website puts it, “Maybe it’s the Chicago work ethic, but our goal is to create the best ballpark experience in the United States, period.” Impact Field has  6,300 seats, 7 private seating experiences, a 360-degree open concourse and 850 stadium garage parking spaces.

After catching a potential Major Leaguer in the making at Impact Field, head down to Wrigley Field in Lakeview for the fully immersive Major League experience. This is an exciting year for the Chicago Cubs and their fans, and there’s even more for families to enjoy at a game this season. Enhancements the team has made include the Bleacher Expansion, which was completed in 2017, the two-story retail and restaurant park next to the field and an overall beautification of the neighborhood.

Save some time to grab some souvenirs before or after the game, and don’t forget the canine fans in your life this baseball season!

Kelly