Located in the former Tryst space in Wrigleyville
, The Stretch (from the people behind Cortland's Garage
) has taken on a more baseball-focused theme: The walls are decorated with pictures of Chicago icons who have sung during the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field.
In fact, all former decor is gone – except for one brick wall. The bar has 13 TVs, cedar-planked walls and new tables – plus a brand-new menu that includes culinary creations in the $9 to $12 range like the Opening Day Dog, a jumbo hot dog cut in half and stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon and served with relish on a pretzel bun. All food is made from scratch, including appetizers (generally priced from about $7 to $12) like the deep fried mac and cheese balls or crab and artichoke dip. Desserts include twists on low-key snack favorites like the Cracker Jack sundae and truffles made out of Twinkies.
The Stretch may feature 7th-inning-themed decoration, but take note: You can kick back and grab a bite to eat long before the game is almost over. On days when the Cubs play at home, The Stretch opens two hours before the game starts.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Erin Brereton