Heading to a Sox or Cubs game? Not to knock baseball food, but sometimes you want something a little more substantial. Check out the best pre- and post-game eats near The Cell or Wrigley Field.
Cullen's Bar & Grill: Traditional American bar food with an Irish touch, Cullen's is known for their Windy City chopped salad and great club sandwiches and burgers.
3741 N. Southport Ave.; 773-975-0600
Pingpong: This chic Pan-Asian spot near Wrigley Field offers noodle and rice dishes, maki and satay, and won't break the bank either. Take advantage of the outdoor patio during nice weather.
3322 N. Broadway St.; 773-281-7575
Bar Celona: Whether you're looking for Mexican dishes, tapas or a good old-fashioned burger, Bar Celona offers great eats and daily specials before, during and after the game.
3474 N. Clark St.; 773-244-8000
Mia Francesca: If you're looking for more upscale eats, check out Mia Francesca for Northern Italian cuisine. In the summer, al fresco dining is available on the cobblestone terrace.
3311 N. Clark St.; 773-281-3310
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Cork and Kerry: An Irish pub with an extensive beer garden on the South Side, Cork and Kerry is the spot for a great burger and a cold beer. Try the critically acclaimed Latino or Italian Burger.
3258 S. Princeton Ave.; 312-842-0769
Phil's Pizza: A favorite of Chicago native and "$#*! My Dad Says" star, Jonathan Sadowski, Phil's makes a great pie -- thick or thin crust.
1102 W. 35th St.; 773-523-0947
Mother Butter's Popcorn: In case you're not in the mood for a full meal, stop by Mother Butter's Popcorn, two blocks east of the Cell, for all-natural popcorn and gourmet caramel.
17 W. 35th St.; 773-548-7677
Han202: This upscale American/Pan-Asian restaurant offers a 5-course tasting menu for a very affordable $25. Just make sure to allow plenty of time before the game -- the cozy restaurant only seats 38.
605 W. 31st St.; 312-949-1314
Bacardi at the Park: True, the brand new Bacardi at the Park is yes, at the park, but it has two great things going for it: 1) you don't need a ticket to dine at Bacardi, and 2) it's operated by Gibsons Restaurant Group. Enough said.
320 W. 35th St., Gate 5, Bridgeport; 312-674-1000
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