There’s nothing like a day at Wrigley Field, especially when the W flag gets to fly, but don’t let the fun to end with the game — head to Evanston for post-game food and entertainment. Whether you need dinner or are looking for a late night snack (or even if you want to start the day with brunch before cheering on the Cubbies), these restaurants have you covered. Bonus: every option below is close to an L Purple Line stop.
623 Howard St.
After a day of peanuts and Cracker Jack, hearty dishes like Slow Roasted Belly of Pork, Marsala & Red Wine Short Rib and Maple-Habanero Chicken Wings are just want you need. And, of course, don’t forget a house-brewed beer. Plus, on Fridays and Saturdays, you can try late night bites like Bacon Fat Popcorn, Marinated House Olives and Avocado Hummus with Warm Pita.
Peckish Pig, Evanston
1012 Church St.
After singing “Go Cubs Go” to celebrate a W, keep the party going with pasta, sandwiches and a variety of ravioli (Asparagus, Four Cheese, Braised Beef Short Rib, Caribbean Shrimp, Maine Lobster and more). You can even order sweet ravioli (Bananas Foster or Cannoli) served with vanilla bean ice cream.
Rock'N Ravioli, Evanston
Five & Dime
1026 Davis St.
Not ready to head indoors after a day in the sun? Head out to Five & Dime’s rooftop deck and enjoy dishes like BBQ Ribs, Smoked Brisket and The Genuine Burger. You can even have a little competition of your own in the restaurant’s game room, where you’ll find bags, ping pong, giant Jenga, board games and more.
Five and Dime, Evanston
Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church St.
If you’re looking to unwind after a day at the ballpark, this locally owned pub is the perfect place to do so. Order Honey Glazed Pork Chop, Boston Corned Beef and Cabbage or the catch of the day, and your littlest fans will love the Kid Burger, Fish Fingers & Chips or Grilled Cheese.
Celtic Knot Public House, Evanston
703 Church St.
Whether you sit outside or in, you’ll always find food made with “locally sourced and sustainable ingredients” at this restaurant. Because of this commitment to be “honest to the heartland,” the menu changes frequently, so check the brunch, lunch, dinner and kids menus before you go.