Freezing rain and 30-something degree temps have nothing on the hearty baseball lovers of the Chicago Elite Squad. Like the mailman, there was nothing that was going to stop them from seeing the Northside boys in Blue whoop some San Diego butt. Fifty lucky members were guests of the hallowed Lakeview Baseball Club for an evening of baseball, brats and beer otherwise known as Yelp's (Baseball) Diamond Life. Now, THAT’S springtime in Chicago!
As the Elites entered into the Clubhouse, they were greeted by a private, Yelp-only clubhouse section with Tiffany chandeliers, mahogany bars, beautifully re-done wooden floors, flatscreen televisions, full field views, the best roof top in all of Lakeview (unencumbered and two levels of awesomeness), and… um, what else… oh yeah! More food and drink than you could shake a stick (or baseball bat) at!
Elites were welcomed to the club with a table-full of soft pretzels and a nacho bar. Nacho.Bar. As if that weren’t enough, Elites dined on a buffet of gourmet Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago-style dogs, grilled brats, buffalo chicken breasts, 1/3 angus (cheese)burgers, pasta salad, potato salad, kettle chips, fruit salad, jumbo-sized gourmet cookies, and Ghiradelli brownies. Rooting for the home team builds up an appetite — and thirst. Thankfully, heavy pours of Heineken, Coors Lite, Miller Lite, white & red wine helped it all go down. And, unlike the folks freezing over at Wrigley, Elites got to whet their whistles until the top of the ninth. Membership has its privileges.
In the midst of all the weather wrongness and food feasting, it might have been easy to forget there was a game going on — unless you’re an Elite. The intrepid crew braved the elements and sat outside to root the Cubbies to victory: 1-0! Go Cubs Go… After ten innings of fun, it was time to part ways but not before every Elite took home a gift bag complete with a regulation MLB baseball! And one Elite had an even more special prize. Payal G won a pair of tickets to Wine Riot Chicago. The tickets went to the lucky Elite who picked the gift bag with the pair of ‘wine sipping gloves.’ Commissioner Matt Ginger took all the winning shots. See them here. If you can find a better time in Chicago, yer lyin’! Just check out these reviews.
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