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Why every Cubs fan should go to Sheffield's

Wrigley Field is one of the prettiest ballparks in the country.

It’s nestled in a Chicago neighborhood and is packed with history and tradition. It’s just not a winning tradition.

The restaurants around the stadium become part of the tradition as Chicago Cubs fans gather at Bernie’s or The Cubby Bear.

But when I go to Wrigley, I head farther south to Sheffield’s Beer & Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave.

I love the place. I’ve been going there for years.

A lot of the spots around Wrigley Field now have outdoor seating, but none of them except Sheffield’s have big trees in the middle of the beer garden. Most of them don’t have a beer selection that rivals Sheffield’s.

The bar used to print a small book of what was available. Now you just work off a menu, though the menu varies by bar (There are three at Sheffield’s.).

Along the way, the restaurant settled into making barbecue, and it’s good. But what I love is the sweet potato fries with a maple mayo.

Sixteen of us went to Sheffield’s on Wednesday, May 21, for lunch before the Cubs/Yankees game. We were some of those on the bus trip put together by the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce.

Surly Furious, from the great Surly Brewing Co., on the outskirts of the Twin Cities, was on tap. So were a bunch of other solid beers. The pork belly sliders were great. But mostly it was glorious to sit outside and chat.

It was lovely to be at Wrigley. My beloved Cubs played well for a while and were headed for a win before blowing up in the ninth inning and losing in the 13th.

No, I don’t feel sorry for the Cubs players, who are paid a lot of money to play baseball.

No, I don’t wish I was a Cardinals fan like my father or co-workers.

I’m a Cubs fan. I root for this team. I hope for them to win. And I wait for them to do so.

But watching can be painful. Sheffield’s can help. So far, it hasn’t let me down.

And that may be the reason I go there nearly every time I go to Wrigley.

I don’t know if the Cubs will win. But I know I can have a great time at Sheffield’s, and that the food will be good and the beer selection is amazing.

I’m just waiting on a team that is at least good and at best amazing.

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