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Family Things to Do in Chicago’s Wrigleyville Area

I can remember taking my daughters to their first Chicago Cubs game several years ago.  They were the perfect age to start really appreciating a ballgame.  We went on a Sunday afternoon and honestly, I can’t think of a more family-friendly day to go.  Taking the kids with you to a Cub’s game at Wrigley Field is certainly doable!  Compared to years prior, Wrigleyville has become more and more family friendly by offering kid’s activities, entertainment, and places to eat.  Check out the list of kid-approved ideas below!

Wrigley Field

Every Sunday is Kid Sunday at Wrigley Field, the first 1,000 kids (under age 13) get to run the bases following the game and can participate in giveaways. Clark’s Club is the Cub’s official kid’s club, it costs around $30 to join this club but is well worth this because it includes a ton of opportunities such as member-only opportunities, ticket discounts, merchandise, etc.

Arrive early for autographs!  Some of the players will sign autographs for a few minutes during practice, about an hour before the game along the side of the outfield wall.

Mommy Nearest’s post, “10 Insider Tips for Your Family’s Visit to Wrigley Fields,” tips off that if you visit the Fan Services Booth on the first level (behind home plate), before the National Anthem and first pitch, you can receive a “My 1st Cubs Game” certificate.

Gallagher Way

The newest and coolest place to be in Wrigleyville is Gallagher Way.  Two hours before each game, ticket holders can enter Gallagher Way for gameday activities and highlights. It’s great for letting the kids run loose or toss the baseball around before the game starts.  Throughout the year Gallagher has family-friendly events, including outdoor movie nights and Christmas winter wonderlands.

Old Town Aquarium

Not just any fish store but rather an exotic “internationally renowned storefront ” featuring aquatic displays of fresh and saltwater fish.  Visiting this little gem will make you want your own aquarium!  The starfish, snails, and eels are always a kid favorite.

Margaret Donahue Park

A fun Kidscape and playground featuring Chicago-themed play structures such that resemble Willis Tower, the Hancock Building, and the Water Tower.  All kids will go crazy here over the climbing web, huge splash pad, spiraling climbing pole, turf to play sports on, and picnicking areas. Admission is free but there isn’t a parking lot, so plan accordingly!

Chicago Comics and the Robot Store

With dozens of DIY robotic kits available, workshops, events, and even birthday party rentals this place is a dreamland for every nerdy kid out there (adults included).  Parents: they even offer a special after-hours Robot Date Night for adults!  Grab your most loved dork and check it out.

Also, check out…

The Traveling Mom’s post “8 Things to Do with Kids in Chicago’s Wrigleyville Neighborhood” for a great list of ideas of things to do with kids in Wrigleyville, everything from chalk writing on the Wrigley Wall to kid-friendly restaurants.

 

Interested in making your Wrigleyville weekend complete?  For Cubs info – including latest articles, podcasts, schedule, players, and purchasing tickets, check out Cubs Analyst!

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