Last Thursday, during a beautiful Chicago spring afternoon, we decided to head down to Wrigleyville to watch the Cubs and Jake Arrieta take on the Cincinnati Reds. As soon as we got off of the Red Line we quickly found ourselves on the corner of Sheffield and Addison taking in the sight of Wrigley Field at the Gate D entrance as we always do. Wrigley Field is a vision to behold, almost larger than life as it sits before us. Our plan was to head to Clark to see what was going on until we started hearing noises of excitement behind us at The Sports Corner Bar & Grill. It was like the bar was calling us to come inside and watch the Cubbies that night.
Ambiance: For a Thursday afternoon there was plenty of excitement in the bar as the regulars were waiting for the Blackhawks playoff game and Cubs game to start. In the meantime, they were passing the time away cheering on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange County and North of San Diego against the White Sox. The patrons were cheering on every out the White Sox made towards their 2-1 loss to the Angels, which created a fun atmosphere.
It appeared that the White Sox loss was a nice precursor to the fans inside before the Cubs and Blackhawks games started. Since the Blackhawks were playing an elimination game against the St. Louis Blues that game took center stage with the fans that came piling into the bar. Still, with having approximately 30 televisions in the bar there were plenty of screens to watch the Cubs game. Even better, we got to enjoy what turned out to be Arrieta’s second no-hitter and the Cubs 16-0 domination of the Reds.
The Sports Corner also has a great patio that sits about 100 yards from Gate D and the Ron Santo and Billy Williams statutes. I can’t think of a better afternoon when the Cubs are away then sitting in the sun, having cold beers, and taking in Wrigley Field’s surroundings. They also have rooftop beer garden for patrons to get an even better view of Wrigley Field.
Food and Drink: The service at The Sports Corner was impeccable. The minute that we walked in Dot, a server, greeted us and took us to a table in the center of the bar. He was extremely cordial and funny. When we sat down we discovered all the specials they offer on a daily basis. To our luck Thursdays was $1 domestic drafts. That is always a plus!
Leah, our server, came over and took our drink order. She was very friendly and answered a few questions we had. The menu offered so many delicious choices that we couldn’t decide on what to try so we called over Dot and asked him what he liked. He said that he loves the Italian Beef because it was cooked just right and the peppers gave it the right kind of heat. He sold us on the Italian Beef so when Leah came back around we ordered that and the Bratwurst.
The Italian Beef and Bratwurst looked amazing when Leah brought them to us. We found out quickly that Dot was spot on with his recommendation. The Italian Beef was cooked perfectly. The combination of the au jus, sweet peppers, mozzarella cheese, and giardiniera was perfect. The bratwurst with sauerkraut and spicy mustard was just as good. It was cooked to perfection. The food was all-around excellent and the $1 beers could not be beat.
Overall: The Sports Corner Bar & Grill is a recommended stop for all Chicago Cubs fans either coming through to watch the Cubs at Wrigley, visiting the field, or watching the Cubs on the road. It was a great experience, with friendly staff, and very affordable prices. They have daily special so we recommend checking them out. Moreover, the atmosphere is perfect for a sports bar as any seat in the house has a good view of several televisions. Lastly, there is nothing better in a sports bar then looking out the window and seeing Wrigley Field directly across the street. If you have not visited The Sports Corner Bar & Grill then it is a recommended stop.
Info: The Sports Corner Bar & Grill
952 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613