Kari Lloyd
world series 2016

If you’re a baseball fan, you probably already know that the World Series that nobody ever thought would happen is happening. While the Cleveland Indians haven’t been to the World Series since 1997, the Chicago Cubs haven’t put in an appearance since 1945. What makes the World Series 2016 just a little bit more tense? Neither team has won in a long time. A very long time. However, that won’t stop a fan from wanting to live near their beloved team. Are you a superfan? Here are the perfect places to rent…

Cubs Fan? It’s All About Wrigleyville

It’s been a long time for Cubs fans. 108 years, to be exact. Though they won the World Series two years in a row in 1907 and 1908, a curse from an angry local restaurant owner who wasn’t allowed to bring his pet goat into the game saw the Cubs become one of the losingest teams in sports history. That hasn’t stopped fans from dreaming of living in Chicago’s Northside capitol, Wrigleyville, home not only to the Chicago Cubs but also some of the best nightlife in the city.


What’s the Rent Like for Wrigleyville Apartments?

Wrigleyville is part of Lakeview in Chicago. Renting an apartment in Lakeview will set you back about $1,596 per month on average*.

Where Should I Watch the Game?

Wrigleyville is one of Chicago’s liveliest neighborhoods, sitting next to the vibrant LGBTQ community of Boystown and Halsted Street, but also home to some of its most iconic music venues. While you’re spoiled for choice and nearly every bar will be showing the game, the most devoted fans head over to Murphy’s Bleacher’s, directly across from the field — the next best thing if you can’t get Cubs tickets.

What Should I Do Before the Game?

Head to the original Billy Goat Tavern on lower Michigan Avenue and visit the place started the entire curse. It’s also what inspired John Belushi’s famous Saturday Night Live “Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger” sketch. They’ll tell you what you’re having. Don’t bother arguing. And don’t try to break the curse by offering the goat your beer.

Member of The Tribe? Look at Cleveland’s Gateway District

It’s been tough to be a member of “The Tribe” for awhile. Though the Cleveland Indians last made it to the World Series in 1997, they haven’t seen a win since 1948. To say they want to take the title home would probably be an understatement. When it comes to their beloved city, most fans of The Tribe would love to live in Cleveland’s Gateway District. Steeped in history, this once crumbling area of town has been reborn into a bustling neighborhood, boasting great restaurants, nightlife and some of the best apartments in town.

What’s the Rent Like for Cleveland’s Gateway District?

If you’re looking to rent an apartment in Cleveland’s Gateway District, the average rent is $1,861 per month*.

Where to Watch the Game

If you’re not lucky enough to have Cleveland Indians tickets, then the next best thing is to hit one of the many excellent local bars. Cleveland fans are known for their loud love of The Tribe, so for rowdy fun that’s just next to the stadium, fans head over to The Clevelander. Additionally, Tribe fans have songs about their team. A lot of them. You’d be advised to check out this playlist before heading out to the game. You don’t want to look like you’re from out of town, do you?

What Should I Do Before the Game?

You remember that song, Cleveland Rocks? It’s true. Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where you can go and see memorabilia from some of the greatest rock gods to ever grace the stage. Additionally, if your stomach is rumbling, find yourself a hot dog place and make sure you have it with what’s known locally as “stadium mustard.” Similarly to Chicago, never, ever ask for ketchup for your hot dog. It’s the law.

When is the World Series On TV?

The official schedule for the 2016 World Series (all times Eastern):

  • Game 1: (Cleveland) Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. on FOX
  • Game 2: (Cleveland) Wednesday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m. on FOX
  • Game 3: (Chicago) Friday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. on FOX
  • Game 4: (Chicago) Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. on FOX
  • Game 5*: (Chicago) Sunday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. on FOX
  • Game 6*: (Cleveland) Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. on FOX
  • Game 7*: (Cleveland) Wednesday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m. on FOX

*If necessary

Cubs fan? Think it’s going to be The Tribe all the way? Hate them both and think your team was robbed? Let us know below!

*Rents calculated from Apartment Guide data for each neighborhood. The average includes rent from all floorplans. Rent prices that were listed higher than $10,000 per month were excluded from the study.



About The Author

Kari Lloyd has been a freelance writer for over 15 years. A Chicago native and recent transplant to Atlanta, Kari spent 10 years living in London, UK where she worked as a music journalist and restaurant reviewer.