TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME IN CHICAGO

What could be more springlike than an April baseball game in the Windy City? Indeed, is there a more quintessential “Chicago” experience than catching a ball game at the iconic Wrigley Field, beer and brat in hand? The first major league pitch was thrown at Wrigley Field in 1914, making the home of the Chicago Cubs the second oldest major league ballpark in the United States, just a couple of years younger than that other iconic ballpark, Boston’s Fenway Park.

Despite the Cubs earning the moniker “lovable losers,” games at Wrigley Field consistently sell out, year after year. Why? The ambiance and history of the ballpark is something that must be experienced first hand. It’s Chicago at its raucous and rowdy best. The Cubs Home Opener is the happiest day of the year for North Side baseball fans, and their joy is contagious.

This year’s Cub’s opener happens on Thursday April 5th at 1:20 p.m. when the Washington Nationals descend on the 1060 West Addison landmark. There is one official lot next to Wrigley Field, but a drive around will yield parking in the lots of nearby businesses. Street parking is limited, and taboo for night games without a resident sticker. | 773-404-CUBS (2827)

On the other hand, and not to disrespect Cub fans, Chicago’s other major league baseball team, The White Sox enjoy an equally die-hard (though perhaps not as colourful) fan base, further emboldened by the team’s World Series win in 2005—their first since 1917. The White Sox—minus the foul-mouthed and fired manager Ozzie Guillen—will celebrate Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday, April 13th with a game against the Detroit Tigers. | 312-674-1000

For your information, The White Sox and the Chicago Cubs continue their interleague rivalry for the 16th straight season, with the Sox visiting Wrigley Field from May 18-20. Should be a good old Chi-Town sluggers-fest.

WHERE TO STAY:
Hotel Sax Chicago: Next door to the House of Blues and surrounded by Marina City’s nightlife, dining, and shopping, this fashionable luxury hotel offers elegance with a bohemian flair. Part of this hotel’s reputation stems from its Crimson Lounge, voted one of the hottest nightclubs in Chicago. Expect fantastic rates and a memorable stay in this State Street 4 star hotel.

Hotel Palomar Chicago: This 4.5 star boutique hotel is not only centrally located downtown near the Chicago River, but offers fantastic amenities such as deep soaking tubs in the bathrooms, a complimentary wine reception hosted every evening, and a heated indoor pool and sundeck. This year, the Palomar recieved the hotel received TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award (Top 25). Book with us for fantastic rates.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago: Located in the beautiful Gold Coast neighborhood, this 5 star classic and modern hotel offers spacious rooms starting at 630 sq feet, many appointed with fireplaces. Relax in their extensive 14,000 sq foot Spa and Health Club, voted one of the Top 10 U.S Spa Treatments by Elle Magazine, or dine at RIA, a two Michelin star restaurant. As a special treat, book with us and receive a complimentary upgrade until December 31, 2012.

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