Wrigleyville, Chicago.
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Spreading out from storied Wrigley Field, home of the immensely popular Chicago Cubs, Wrigleyville – an enclave of the larger Lakeview neighborhood – has been inextricably linked to baseball since the stadium was built in 1914.

Despite encompassing a mere four-block run of Clark Street north of the ballpark, Wrigleyville makes up for its size with an explosion of nearly three dozen bars, many restaurants, and an incessant fervor for all things Cubs. Even in the off-season, many venues along Clark and nearby Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue are packed to capacity with an after-work crowd of rowdy twenty-somethings, who pile in for cheap beer and an ocean of flat-screens dedicated to ESPN.

From April until October, however, the ivy-walled Wrigley Field is in full force as a grand temple to baseball, and hardcore fans, history buffs, and young families from all over the country make the pilgrimage to see a game.

Even owners of nearby buildings capitalize on the season, setting up bleachers on their "Wrigley Rooftops" – complete with full menus of food and drink, but at prices often higher than at the park itself.

After the game, and regardless of its outcome, the always boisterous crowd spills onto the surrounding streets, choosing from the literal buffet of bar options.

On such sunny summer afternoons it's easy to forget that, come November, the snow and ice will return to Wrigleyville, the Cubs will (probably) finish the season without a title...and the cycle will soon begin again.

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