Formerly a working-class neighborhood, Wrigleyville is the neighborhood directly surrounding Wrigley Field along North Clark and West Addison streets. Actual boundaries are undefined, with some sources citing Wrigleyville as spilling into adjacent enclaves such as Lakeview East and North Halsted. Wrigleyville features low-rise brick buildings and houses, some with rooftop bleachers colloquially called Wrigley Rooftops where people can purchase seats to watch baseball games without having to pay Major League Baseball ticket prices. Proprietors are able to do so under special agreements with the Chicago Cubs organization.
While the bars and restaurants in Lakeview East (especially along North Halsted Street) usually feature gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture, Wrigleyville bars and restaurants (particularly on North Clark Street) feature the sports culture with sports-oriented themes, and some mix the LBGT and sports themes. Bars such as Sluggers, Hi-Tops (closed in 2006-location is now as Harry Caray’s Tavern), Cubby Bear and Barleycorn host the Cubs crowds near the Wrigley Field intersection of North Clark Street and West Addison Street. Las MaÃ±anitas, a gay Mexican restaurant, is located on North Halsted Street just two blocks away from the park. This area has been a staging ground for a number of Hollywood movies. In addition, the area’s Irish American roots are evident with Irish pub themes. While the specialty drink in trendy Lakeview East bars might be a custom-made cocktail, beer by the pitcher is much more heavily advertised in Wrigleyville establishments.
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