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The Chef’s Series returns to Wrigley Field

Here’s everything you need to know to catch your favorite local chefs at the ballpark.

Sara Sanchez


Outside of baseball last year my favorite thing the Cubs did was the Chef’s Series at Wrigley Field. You may remember this series from previous posts such as this one where I basically combined my love of incredible food with my love of baseball.

Well, if you also love incredible food and baseball, it’s time to schedule some trips to Wrigley. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Chef’s Series line up.

The Chefs

The Cubs are bringing back some favorites from last year. Top Chef and Iron Chef Stephanie Izard will open the series again this year. She owns the incredibly popular Girl and the Goat along with two other restaurants in Chicago. I’m really hoping she brings back her pork belly waffle fries.

Korean fried chicken and pork belly waffle fries
Sara Sanchez

Other returning chefs include Rick Bayless of Frontera fame, Matthias Merges, who just opened Mordecai in the Hotel Zachary in addition to Billy Sunday, and Graham Elliot, who is a food genius in addition to being a noted Cubs fan. Two fun notes about Elliot, he was at Wrigley numerous times during the series last year and his lobster corn dogs might be the greatest thing I’ve ever eaten at a ballpark.

These veteran Wrigley chefs will be joined by newcomers Tony Mantuano of Spiagga, and Honey Butter Chicken’s Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp. Spiagga and Honey Butter Chicken participated in last year’s food and drink festival Craft and Cuisine. Their offerings were incredible and I can’t wait to see what they bring to the Chef Series.

Honey Butter Chicken Strips from last year’s Craft and Cuisine
Sara Sanchez
Spiagga pasta demo from last year’s Craft and Cuisine
Sara Sanchez

The schedule

Just like last year each chef’s menu will run during the Cubs longer home stands throughout the summer. Here is the schedule for 2018 along with the Cubs opponents for those dates.

The Chef Series at Wrigley Schedule

Dates Chef Cubs Oppenents
Dates Chef Cubs Oppenents
June 5-10 Stephanie Izard Phillies & Pirates
June 29-July 8 Tony Mantuano Twins, Tigers, & Reds
July 19-26 Rick Bayless Cardinals & Diamondbacks
Aug 2-5 Matthias Merges Padres
Aug 10-15 Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp Nationals & Brewers
Aug 23-29 Graham Elliot Reds & Mets


Last year the Chef Series was based out of the Diner in Right Field. That Diner has been converted to Sheffield Corner, which will be the base for the Chef Series. While there is no longer a sit-down diner for fans, the open patio near Sheffield Avenue is a lovely place to grab a drink while you enjoy your food.

Pro Tips

I’ll leave you with your mouth watering and a couple of final tips. Last year the lines got really long fast, so if you’re heading to Wrigley to check out the food, be sure you get to Sheffield Corner early. Getting there early pays off because Wrigley Field discounts food up to an hour after the gates open. Last year the Chef’s Series was included in that discount, which made these meals a great deal for early arriving fans.