While most people may not think it initially, Wrigleyville boasts various kid friendly restaurants and entertainment options for all ages.
Gallagher Way offer kids friendly activities and events throughout the week and weekend, including Wiggleworms with live music, singing and dancing designed for the young ones from one to six years old. This events happens every Tuesday until September 25th at 10AM with a movie starting by 11AM. There is no cost and is put on by Old Town School of Folk music. On hot summer days, children (and their adult companions!) will love cooling off at Gallagher Way by running through the fountains. Gallagher Way has kid friendly movies throughout the summer on Wednesdays that start at 7:30 PM. Hawthorne School also has movie nights the last Sunday of each month in July and August with cartoons at 7:15 PM and the feature film starting at 8 PM. They also have a playground at 3319 Clifton Ave. This playground also features a large grass field and track. There is another playground available at the Margaret Donahue Park at 1230 School St open from 6AM-11PM. This playground has slides, swings and monkey bars features a rubberized soft surface, a water feature and grass play area. There is even a large climbing web made of interwoven ropes and plastic steps.
Smoke Daddy allows children 10 and under to eat free from 11:30AM-6PM as reported by Eater Chicago. There are other business that offer kid menus highlighting chicken tenders, grilled cheese or pizza. These businesses include Dutch and Docs, Hutch, Mia Francesca’s and PR Italian Bistro.
Children seem to always have a sweet tooth! Ice cream could help satisfy this craving and is available at Jenis, and shaved ice and egglettes featured at Snow Junkie. If it’s a little chilly, stopping by a bakery for donuts, cupcakes or cake at West Town Bakery or Jennivee’s Bakery could do the trick!
Kids will love to spend some time creating or starting a new hobby at Chicago Comics and the Robot Store. Robot City Workshop has educational workshops for all ages to build your own robot. Toys and comics are available at Chicago Comics, where some are kept in the packaging as a collector’s item, while others are good for reading to find a new superhero! On the second floor of Sluggers, batting cages and a variety arcade games including the classic skee ball or pop a shot, offers kids of all ages chances to win tickets to trade in for prizes.
When taking the kids to Wrigley Field, make sure they find Clark the Cubs mascot for pictures or consider joining Clark’s Crew for Clark gear and special perks events. Don’t forget to get your newborn started early with the Cubs Newborn Fan Club. As stated on the Cubs website, every Sunday afternoon home game 1,000 kids 13 and younger can run the bases. On six select Sundays during the season, kids have the opportunity to receive prizes from youth friendly giveaways.
Overall, Wrigleyville allows kids with their parents to enjoy activities until 10 PM!