In the 108 years since the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series, the team's fans haven’t had much reason to celebrate. So as the Cubs prepare to take on the Cleveland Indians Friday night at Wrigley Field, you know the whole city will be out drinking copious amounts of alcohol from sunup to sundown.
According to DNAInfo, Chicagoans started lining up at bars in Wrigleyville—the nickname of the neighborhood surrounding the ballpark—as early as 6 a.m., desperate to reserve some space to watch Game 3 on TV with their friends. And while lining up 15 hours before game time should be enough to solidify your status as a Cubs super fan, diehards have also been paying astronomical prices to cram into a pub and watch the action unfold on screen.
One of the city’s longstanding sports bars, the Cubby Bear, is charging a $100 cover just to get in, and HVAC Pub on North Clark Street is asking $1,000 for table reservations, the Chicago Tribune reports. HVAC also requires a $250 food and drink package for each person (pizza, wings, and a big ol’ bottle of Grey Goose vodka), bringing the grand total to $1,250.
Four-seat tables at bars like the Old Crow Smokehouse, Deuces, the Diamond Club, and John Barleycorn will reportedly cost fans $500, making the north side of Chicago look more like the Manhattan’s Meatpacking District than the Midwest.
Tickets to get into Wrigley Field to see the action in person are running as high as $150,000, so maybe shelling out a few hundred dollars to watch the game on TV isn’t such a bad deal after.
"There's a lot of options—expensive options," one fan who had been waiting at the Cubby Bear since 6:15 a.m told DNAInfo. "I grew up being a Cubs fan. I like the battle they've been through throughout the years,"
Regardless of where your allegiances lie, let's just hope the Cubs win tonight. If the team loses, there’s going to be a hell of a lot of pissed off and inebriated Cubs fans roaming the streets of the city. Nothing adds insult to injury quite like paying thousands of dollars to watch your favorite team lose the biggest game in history.