Chef Series returns to Wrigley Field with elevated ballpark favorites


Move over Chicago Dog. The Chef Series returns to Wrigley Field this summer and big league bites just got an elevated makeover.

Someone better take me out to a ball game. The Chef Series is back at Wrigley Field. Starting on June 3, several acclaimed Chicago chefs will offer special menu items at Wrigley Field’s Sheffield Corner. From globally inspired dishes to even chef-driven cocktails from Maker’s Mark, this year’s menus might have you forgetting about baseball.

According to David Burns, senior executive chef for Levy at Wrigley Field, the chefs were chose because “we looked at chefs and restaurants doing cool things in our community to complement the returning flavors fans have come to enjoy.”

New to the line-up this year are Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo of Fat Rice and Dana Salls Cree of Pretty Cool Ice Cream. These new collaborators have pushed the Chicago culinary conversation forward.

To kick off the 2019 event, Graham Elliot offers his take on ballpark fare. Featured this year are: Grahamwich Grilled Cheese, Graham Slam Burger, Lobster Corndog and Bases Loaded Tots.

Anyone who knows Chef Graham will be lining up for his iconic Lobster Corndog. The lobster sausage with lemon aioli and smoked paprika is bursting with delicious flavors.

Lobster Corndog by Chef Graham Elliot, Wrigley Field Chef Series, photo provided by Levy

Looking ahead, the other chefs in the line-up are as follows:

  • Rick Bayless: Offering his Mexican favorites in late June
  • Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp: The signature Honey Butter Fried Chicken and delicious sides come to the ballpark in mid-July
  • Dana Salls Cree: Pretty Cool Ice Cream will offer its whimsical ice cream concoctions in mid-July
  • Tony Mantuano: Spiaggia and Maddon’s Post chef will offer his modern Italian classics in early August
  • Mattias Merges: Enjoy his chef-driven global cuisine in late August
  • Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo: The Fat Rice restauranteurs will bring Macanese cuisine to Wrigley Field in late August and early September.

While it might be difficult to give up that classic Chicago Dog and Old Style, these chef driven menu items are definitely tempting. The Chef Series is another example how ballpark food is becoming more elevated. Even though classics will always be a staple, baseball fans and foodies are demanding and getting more.

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Will you make a point to head to Wrigley Field for the Chef Series? Which chef-driven food options are you most excited about?