The setup: It's summer in Chicago, and baseball fans are flocking to Wrigley Field andU.S. Cellular Field. OK, so "flocking" is too strong a word, but there's no doubt each Chicago ballpark has a fun way to pregame. Which brings us to our latest debate.
This edition: Better pregame activity: Bar hopping in Wrigleyville or tailgating at the Cell?
The biggest difference between Wrigley Field and the Cell is that when you're at a Cubs game, there's actually stuff to do nearby. There are tons of bars, shops and restaurants to choose from. When you're watching the Sox, you're reduced to charring your own dogs over a rusty grill, a six-pack of the Beast on ice in the back of your flatbed. When you're in Wrigleyville, you're bar hopping, eating delicious food and actually seeing a little bit of the city. I'd take Wrigley any day of the week and twice on a sunny Friday afternoon.
—Georgia Garvey (email@example.com | @gcgarvey)
On the surface, you might assume that imbibing inside a bar is more classy than drinking in a parking lot. But when said bar is on Clark Street in Wrigleyville on a Cubs game day, that logic does not apply. Tailgating at the Cell is more spacious and far less sloppy. If someone is going to spill beer on my jersey, I would prefer it to be me out of my own clumsiness than some overserved jag I'm squished up against because the bar is at capacity. It's also a more civilized celebration. Is there a more heartwarming sight than a Sox fan sharing a bottle opener with his neighbor in the next parking spot over? I think not.
—Lisa Arnett (firstname.lastname@example.org | @redeyeeats)
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