Must See Status: 10/10Threat Level: Yellow (Constructed in 1916)Home of: Chicago CubsIf there’s one destination on the baseball map truly worth a visit, no inhabitants have a better argument than Chicago Cubs fans. Though Wrigley Field is certainly in no danger of being torn down (putting your mind at ease about the Yellow threat level), the chances Wrigley Field undergoes substantial renovations down the line is significant. Yes, in many cases renovations are a good thing, but after seeing the spaceship re-designers dropped on the Chicago Bear’s Soldier Field, any talk of touching this quintessential baseball classic is sure to make locals nervous. Wrigley’s charm is largely dependent on its old-timey feel, something any sort of wide sweeping “upgrade” could very well compromise. As it currently stands, Wrigley is one of the few remaining portals to baseball’s past, something well worth enduring less than pristine amenities. Certainly some refurbishing is good for public health and keeping up with the times, as seen in the offseason prior to the 2010 season, when bathrooms were redone, the scoreboard was restored, along with player clubhouse improvements and press box expansions. What worries Cubs fans and fans of baseball in general are larger scale structural changes.After all, Wrigley Field is a truly magical place, even if that magic doesn’t translate into World Series wins. The second oldest stadium in baseball (trailing only Fenway Park), the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field stand tall as an icon of the game. With its ivy-covered wall, outfield bleachers, hand operated scoreboard and rooftop onlookers, not to mention picturesque setting in the heart of Wrigleyville, with a skyscraping view and plenty of local establishments to enjoy before and after the game, Wrigley Field is always a winner, regardless of the Cubs on-field performance.Recommendations: Go, have a great time. Grab an Old Style Beer and a hotdog, two legends in their own right. But don’t fall in love. The Cubs will rip out your heart.
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