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. I wanted to show them all the family-friendly things there were to do in Wrigleyville! 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 and easy.
In the last several years, Wrigleyville has become more and more family-friendly by offering kid’s activities, entertainment, and places to eat. Check out my list of kid-approved ideas below and you’ll see just what I mean!
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 like a Wrigley Field tour, ticket discounts, merchandise, etc.
PRO TIP: 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.
PRO TIP: 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 (from Mommy Nearest’s post, “10 Insider Tips for Your Family’s Visit to Wrigley Fields“)
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.
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.
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!
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.
Places to Eat
Check out Wrigleyville’s Best Places to Eat for the list that includes family-friendly restaurants!