The Cubby Bear Chicago
THE CUBBY Bear, which has been around since 1946, swallows up the southwest corner of Clark and Addison streets, a long foul ball from home plate at Wrigley Field. In the thicket of Wrigleyville bars (on game days on the North Side the only commodity more common than a Cubs fan's lament is a cold pint), the Cubby Bear stands out by virtue of its size (30,000 square feet) and prime position, overlooking the Wrigley marquee. Live music was introduced in 1988, but the Cubby Bear knows its clientele: When the Cubs play day games, it opens at 10 a.m., making it Chicago's best beer-for-breakfast joint too.
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A CITY STAPLE since 1965, the bar is known for Griff's Army, the regulars who convene to take in a game at the bar or board chartered buses to various stadiums. In 1994 the troops staged a preemptive strike of the baseball season, picketing in front of the Astrodome in protest of the planned players' strike later that week. Sports figures from Roger Clemens to Oksana Baiul have been known to stop by Griff's, which prides itself on its dive-bar status. "We're nothing more than a little hole in the wall," says owner Travis Adair, "which is exactly the way we like it." The bar's sign fits in perfectly: It's been misspelled for years.
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