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Three Inexpensive Ways to Get to Wrigley Field

With Wrigley Field not close to any interstates, and being in the heart of a neighborhood, driving and parking can be difficult...and rough on your wallet. So as a public service to baseball fans visiting the Friendly Confines, I've included three cool and cheap ways to get to Wrigley Field.

1) The Blue Line and #80 Bus. CTA Rail’s Red Line is among the most common, but the Blue Line is a more attractive option if you’re visiting Chicago. It extends from the heart of the city to O’Hare International Airport, where hotels in the area won’t charge you for parking and can sometimes shuttle you to the O’Hare Station. Like the Red Line, it runs all day and night, so there’s no need to hustle to a station after extra innings.

The Cubs will tell you that you can take the #152 Addison Street bus from the Addison Station on the Blue Line (which is not the same as the Addison Station on the Red Line). Which you can. But this is a popular route, and the bus can get heavy with Cubs fans. Addison Street is only two lanes, too, as opposed to four on Irving Park Road on which the #80 travels.

The #80 will get you to the corner of Irving Park Road and Clark Street, and then it’s a short four block walk to Wrigley. The walk is another reason I prefer the #80—you’ll pass by some great and inexpensive takeout joints, like Wrigleysville Dogs and Nuts on Clark.

2. The Cubs' Own Free Shuttle.
The free shuttle for night and weekend games to the ballpark used to run from DeVry University and cost $6 a carload; even that was a great deal. But now the bus runs from the lot at 3900 Rockwell Street, and it costs only the gas to get there.

As the Cubs state, the lot is just east of thew Chicago River,  so if you're coming from the west on Irving Park Road and you cross a slight bridge to go over a river you know you've gone too far. The lot is large enough to hold enough cars on most nights, and last I checked there are even some port-a-pots. Best of all, the bus will be full of happy Cubs fans on their way to their second home.

The Cubs say that tailgating is permitted in all lots, which I presume would include this one. Just be sure to use the port-a-pot to reset the clock before you get on the bus!

3) The Pace Wrigley Field Express. I haven't yet used Pace to get to Wrigley Field, but I have tried the U.S. Cellular Field Express to get to a White Sox game, and I absolutely loved it for several reasons.

Pace is an inexpensive suburban bus service, and they run separate routes to both ballparks in Chicago. For Wrigley riders can grab a bus in Schaumburg or Lombard to Wrigley for just $4 each way, and parking at either pickup point is free.

The bus saves you the considerable hassle of navigating the Chicago streets to the ballpark or even to a CTA station, it costs less than you'd probably spend in gas getting there, and like the bus from the remote lot, it's full of happy Cubs fans. I had great baseball conversations with the people on the U.S. Cellular Express; if you like talking baseball with strangers the Pace Express buses are for you.

And free parking!

There you go, three Tightwad Tips for getting to Wrigley Field on the cheap. But there's plenty of other ways to get to Wrigley...and you'll want to know them all when you go! So be sure to get yourself one of these!

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