Twins Fans: We Can’t Wait To See You Again
Some local businesses are planning baseball-themed specials for the start of the Twins’ home schedule in hopes of getting fans to rediscover the North Loop as a great pre-game and post-game spot for eating, drinking and shopping.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Twins back to Target Field,” said Diane Merrifield, president of the North Loop Neighborhood Association. “We’ve missed the excitement of the games, and we’ve missed the fans.”
Within four or five blocks of Target Field, you’ll find four taprooms in the North Loop: Fulton, Modist, Inbound and First Draft, along with a cidery, Number 12 Cider ($2 off if you’re wearing Twins gear on April 8, 10, 11) and a brand new winery, AxeBridge.
Also close to the ballpark are several bars/restaurants including The Freehouse (Live broadcast, DJ, raffle and Twins-themed food and drink specials April 8th 2-7pm), the 7 food vendors inside the Graze food hall: Soul Bowl, B.A.D. Wingz, Avocadish, It’s 7AM Somewhere Brunch Cafe, The Last Drop, The Fabled Rooster and Viva Taco. Also nearby: Darby’s, Cuzzy’s, Basement Bar (first 50 guests after 4pm on 4/8 get a free bottle opener) NOLO’s Kitchen (free bottle openers on 4/8) Smack Shack ($5 Jack Daniels, $5 Fulton beer taps, $5 Truly hard seltzers on 4/8) Black Sheep Pizza, The Loop, Crisp & Green, Thr3 Jack (free “house made Cracker Jacks” on 4/8, patio party on 4/10), Jun Szechuan Kitchen, as well as the 3 food vendors at North Loop Galley: Wrecktangle Pizza, SoulFu and Ono Hawaiian Plates. Walking to/from the ballpark on Washington Avenue? You could also try Runyon’s, Red Cow, Red Rabbit, JD Hoyt’s, Stadium Bar and Grill (game day specials on Chicago dogs/brats), The Monte Carlo, Cobble, Billy Sushi, Tullibee or The Office.
Besides having the 2020 season played in empty ballparks, we also had major disruptions during the 2019 season caused by a huge road construction project in the North Loop that wiped out parking and prompted detours for the entire summer and early fall.