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The Cubs Are Bringing Big-Time Chefs and Their Dishes to Wrigley Field

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For decades, although Wrigley Field was synonymous with a great place to watch a baseball game, you weren’t going to hear much in the way of compliments about the pedestrian food options.


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I can’t say I ever really minded – get me my dog, get me my nachos, and I’m fine – but perhaps that’s because I didn’t know what I was missing. The Cubs were late to the wave, but in the last half-decade, the organization has gone to great lengths to improve and diversify the food options at the ballpark (Hot Doug’s in center fielder, for the win).

Now they’re taking it a step further, announcing this:

The Chicago Cubs and hospitality partner Levy are launching a rotating “Chef Series,” presented by Maker’s Mark. From the release: “World-renowned, award-winning Chicago chefs will dish up dynamic, chef-inspired takes on ballpark fare during a rotating pop-up series in the recently refreshed Sheffield Counter on the main concourse.”

“When you think of Chicago’s best chefs, the award-winning names participating in our Chef Series rise to the top,” Senior VP Strategy and Ballpark Operations Alex Sugarman said in a statement. “Since the inception of our restoration project, our food and beverage offerings have improved dramatically, and we’re honored these elite chefs will advance those efforts with their unique culinary approaches.”


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Each chef will serve up signature menus “inspired by their favorite ballpark eats,” with a rotation that begins June 2.

The Chefs, per the release:

  • Stephanie Izard: Iron Chef and Top Chef winner, and James Beard Award recipient, Izard will appropriately keep with the goat culinary theme found at her renowned Chicago restaurants Girl & the Goat, Little Goat Diner, and Duck Duck Goat in early June
  • Matthias Merges: Acclaimed chef and owner of some of Chicago’s most eclectic neighborhood restaurants, Merges will infuse flavors from his culinary hotspot Yusho and award-winning bar Billy Sunday in late June and early July.

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  • Jeff Mauro: Host of Food Network’s The Kitchen and Pork & Mindy’s executive chef and partner, Mauro will bring his creative BBQ chops and sandwich prowess in late July.
  • Rick Bayless: 2017 James Beard Outstanding Restaurant recipient and lauded TV host, Bayless will bring his highly acclaimed Mexican flavors to the ballpark in early August.
  • Graham Elliot: Award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author, Elliot’s menu will showcase his take on classic American cuisine in mid- and late-August.

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For more info, you can head over to the Cubs’ site.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.