Chicago Bars Charge Hundreds To Watch World Series


Bars near Wrigley Field in Chicago are charging customers up to $250 per person to watch the Cubs play their World Series home games on TV on Oct. 28 through Oct. 30.

Deuce's, The Diamond Club, Casey Moran's, Old Crow Smokehouse, Moe’s Cantina and John Barleycorn are charging $500 for a four-seat table, plus meal packages ranging from $200 to $250.

"We put this deal together because of our experience on Saturday," Sam Sanchez, owner of the Old Crow, Moe’s and John Barleycorn, told the Chicago Tribune. "It was overwhelming, with people at the door and in line. People couldn’t get in. They waited at the door for hours, and you feel bad. This way, they know they can have a nice experience."

The HVAC Pub is charging $250 for booze and all-you-can-eat pizza and wings per person, but parties of six will have to shell out an additional $1,000 to sit down, according to DNAinfo Chicago. The table package includes one bottle of Grey Goose vodka and champagne.

The Cubby Bear charged $100 for its TV viewing during the National League Championship Series a week ago, and is keeping that price, but there are no table reservations.

Smoke Show Barbecue is cheaper at $50 for an all-you-can-eat per person deal, and reservations are accepted for home games.

At the Rockit Burger Bar, folks can stand and watch the game for $40, or pay $100 to sit down at a table.

Yak-Zies is asking a $25 cover, plus $50 per hour for a table.

Prices are subject to change, but one social media user tweeted a Google spreadsheet link on Oct. 26 with the caption: "List updated with 28 bars in case you're trying to figure out who is charging this weekend in Wrigleyville."

Some Cubs fans are upset that the bars are charging so much to watch their teams' first World Series since 1945.

"I was outraged at this apparent monopoly situation that was occurring before us," Cubs fan Rigo Fernandez told DNAinfo Chicago. "[Lifelong fans] will be prevented from participating in the historical moment ... when the Cubs end their 100-plus year championship drought."

Fernandez filed a price-fixing complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice.

"There appears to be no competition," Fernandez added. "All of the prices are advertised at the same level."

Tickets to the games are still available, but one pair of dugout seats for the Oct. 30 game costs $150,000, the Chicago Tribune notes.

Sources: DNAinfo Chicago, Chicago TribuneFullCountTommy/Twitter / Photo Credit: Erik Gilsdorf/Wikimedia Commons

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