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Fans who can’t get into Wrigley Field are paying hundreds of dollars to watch games in nearby bars

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The World Series returns to Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945.

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Chicago sure is prepared to profit from the World Series coming back into town.

Since the Cubs haven’t hosted a World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945, it’s no wonder that ticket prices for Game 3 against the Indians tonight have soared to astronomical numbers. According to ESPN, the cheapest ticket as of 10:30 this morning has dropped from $2,350 to a slightly-better-but-still-absurdly-expensive $1,850. For what it’s worth, that’s on pace to be the most expensive MLB ticket ever.

The thing is, it seems like watching Game 3 is going to be an expensive outing no matter where people go. Cubs fans were pouring into bars to get ready for the game before the sun was even up this morning, and they’re paying a pretty penny to do so. Some bars in Wrigleyville are reportedly charging up to $250 just to get in the door. Others are charging $1,250 for a table of four – which in the case of John Barleycorn includes unlimited drinks as well as appetizers and entrees for everyone involved, but still – and $300 a pop per person without the guarantee of seating.

In other words, bars have more or less become the new stadium in Chicago for the World Series. There’s even a site that breaks down where you can buy tickets for different bars, some of which offer pricey add-ons such as a couch for 20 people for $2,000. And to think, with Game 4 and Game 5 also taking place in Chicago over the weekend, there’s a lot more of this to come.

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