1060 W. Addison St., Chicago Illinois 60613
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Wrigley Field is Major League Baseball's second oldest ballpark behind Boston's Fenway Park. The "Friendly Confines" were built in 1914 (to Fenway's 1912).
Originally known as "Weeghman Park", Wrigley Field was built on the grounds once occupied by a seminary. It was constructed at a cost of $250,000 and had a seating capacity of about 14,000. The park became known as "Cubs Park" in 1920 after the Wrigley family purchased the team from Weeghman. The name was changed to Wrigley Field in 1926 in honor of William Wrigley Jr., the club's owner.
Interesting notes: The venerable old scoreboard in centerfield is a score-by-innings affair and the pitchers' numbers are changed by hand if a reliever was needed. The ivy that covers the outfield walls was planted in 1937 by Genaral Manager Bill Veeck (as in "wreck"). Wrigley was the last Major League team to add lights to its field--in 1988.
Other Sports and Sporting Events nearby:
(Libertyville) Bicycle Club of Lake County
(St Charles) Canoe Shack
(Merrillville) Deep River Waterpark
(LaPorte) Door Prairie Museum
(Gurnee) Double W Stables
(Merrillville) Duneland Ski Club
06/29 Coming to The Chicago area
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival Kenosha WI April20 This fun-filled event includes cheese from around the state of Wisconsin, some of the area’s finest beers and live music.
North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
Redbud Trail Rendezvous Rochester IN April27-28 See living history of frontier Midwest America, historic camps, music and dance of the period, traditional crafts, food cooked over wood fires, blanket trading, tomahawk and muzzle-loading shooting contests. The village has 40 wooden booths, traditional crafts, blanket trading and muzzle loading shooting matches.
Chocolate Fest Long Grove IL May3-5 Dive into three days of nothing but CHOCOLATE! Mmm, chocolate strawberries, donuts, and much more! Every spring, the Village of Long Grove celebrates the existence of the world's best tasting antioxidant.
Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair Lombard IL May5 The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair is held annually on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth in downtown Lombard. All of the proceeds received from the craft booth rentals are donated to local charities. Features 140 craft exhibitors and 4000 attendees throughout the day.
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .