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Adventures with Harry Caray

“Holy Cow!” From 1982-98, there was no bigger personality at Wrigley Field than Hall of Fame broadcaster and man about town then Harry Caray whose passion for the Cubs was rivaled only by his passion for life. His animated, and occasionally inebriated, commentary bolstered the reputation of Chicago's most popular drinking spot, also known as Wrigley Field. Join us as we travel to Wrigley Field, the Chicago Sports Museum and Harry Caray’s Steak House (to explore a secret vault in the basement) to discover the places where Harry Caray’s legacy looms larger than life.

  • 1.

    Sing with Harry

    Sing with Harry

    Harry Caray may be best-remembered by baseball fans around the world for his enthusiastic version of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, which he sang during the 7th inning stretch of every home game while an announcer for the White Sox and the Cubs. But do you know how this tradition started?

  • 2.

    Home Base with Harry

    Home Base with Harry

    Harry Caray was the ultimate fan. He was known for broadcasting from the bleachers among the other fans during the ball game. Harry loved the fans and the fans loved him. Grant DePorter, friend of Harry’s and CEO of Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, recalled that “you could take the entire Cubs team and put them on one side of the field, and put Harry on the other. All the fans would go running to Harry.” So, what made him so popular?

  • 3.

    Drinking with Harry

    Drinking with Harry

    It’s no secret that Harry Caray liked to drink. A lot. A 1972 “Drinking Diary” proves as much, with the legendary broadcaster documenting (reportedly for tax purposes) every drink he bought for a year in which he spent 288 consecutive days — and at least 354 days total — drinking in bars.

  • 4.

    Steak House Secrets

    Steak House Secrets

    Long before 33 W. Kinzie was one of Chicago’s famous steakhouses, it was home to the notorious enforcer of the Al Capone gang, Frank Nitti. Hidden in the basement of the restaurant is Nitti’s secret vault, containing a collection of photos, newspaper clippings and artifacts from Nitti’s life of crime. Join us as we dig through the building’s past, on an adventure voted #1 on the national list of “Hidden Urban Treasures You Need to Find” by Thrillist.

  • 5.

    Sports with Harry

    Sports with Harry

    Over the years, Harry Caray’s has collected unique sports memorabilia and an impressive collection of game-used treasures. Many of these are now housed in the Chicago Sports Museum, which adds high-tech interactive experiences — like skill challenges and simulations — to Harry’s priceless collection

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