Surviving a day of gluttony on a Wrigley rooftop

Thu, Aug 11

CHICAGO -- Few things are better than heading to your favorite ballpark, chomping into some fine baseball food and washing it down with an overpriced beer. But every park has its specialties. So when I booked a trip out to Chicago, I wanted to be sure to check out something few other baseball towns can offer: the game from rooftops outside the stadium.

Now, the rooftops aren't for everyone. Wrigley is certainly a historic ballpark with a great atmosphere and fans. But if you're looking for a unique way to enjoy the game and some good eats, Skybox on Sheffield, while a little costly, won't disappoint.

We got our all-inclusive tickets -- all you can eat and drink -- on one of the many Groupon-like sites and it saved us over $30 on each. It came out to $86 per person. Navigating around Wrigley for a 1:20 afternoon game against the Reds, it was clear everyone had a substantial head start on the drinking front. Nothing an open bar tab and endless food ticket can't fix.

We got through the chaos outside with surprising ease. The lower level of Skybox on Sheffield is an indoor lounge, complete with an appetizer bar and taco buffet, and where we got our first round of drinks. The beer menu offered a nice array of local Goose Islands -- and Budweiser products that we mainly stayed away from. The ladies in the group started with a Goose Island Skybox White, a light beer a little too fruity for my taste, while my friend and I went for the more standard wheat, 312. A quick look at the view to the field from the lounge and it was off to the appetizer bar to stock up with munchies to take to the seats.

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