Once upon a time, in the not too distant past, the only Vegan options to pair with you Cubs Tickets were peanuts or popcorn. Now, however, according to a study done by the Vegetarian Research Group, Vegetarian Times, Harris Interactive Service Bureau, one million Americans identify themselves as vegan, 7.3 million are vegetarian, and 22.8 million say they eat a “vegetarian inclined diet.” Numbers like that speak louder than words and baseball stadiums are listening — though some are implementing changes faster than others.
According to PETA’s Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Major League Ballparks, Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is one of the best, snagging number 10. Let’s take a closer look at how Wrigley Field earned its spot on the list.
Veggie Dogs and Chopped Salads
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The famous “Chicago hotdog,” which is already topped by a plethora of vegetables, will now be offered as a veggie dog. Unfortunately, the veggie dog is made with egg whites, so it’s not exactly vegan, but still a step in the right direction. Not only is the veggie dog a new option, it is a way for vegetarians (or those following a “vegetarian inclined diet”) to experience the core of Chicago’s culture by eating one of its classic foods.
Another great vegetarian (and, yes, vegan!) option coming to Wrigley Field is the chopped salad. Originally served in fancy little bistros, the chopped salad is one of America’s favorite lunches. Made with chopped lettuce, and diced or sliced vegetables, the chopped salad is now served everywhere from those same fancy bistros to drug stores, and now Wrigley Field.
Veggie Burgers, Sloppy Janes, Veggie Wraps, and more!
These crowd pleasers will join an already impressive lineup of vegetarian and vegan friendly options. Now joined by the veggie dog, Wrigley Field also offers a meat-less veggie burger and “Sloppy Jane.” Sources do not specify whether the veggie burger is vegan, so there’s a fair chance that it too is made with some animal bi-products. However, the tempeh-based (aka soy protein based) “Sloppy Jane” is definitely a vegan option.
Of course, there’s more to being vegan or vegetarian than simple meat substitutes. Wrigley Field also offers vegan protein bars, humus and vegetable cups, veggie wraps, nachos, popcorn, soft serve ice cream, and Fresh Fruta cups. The list goes on and on.
Also, for all those vegans out there will a gluten allergy, Wrigley Field does offer gluten-free pumpkin seeds, trail mix, popcorn, and tortilla chips.
Rooting for the Home Team
According to PETA’s Vice President, Lisa Lange, “Ballparks in Chicago and across the country are showing their fans respect by offering healthy and humane food that will help keep them around to cheer on the home team for many years to come.”
With the delicious vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options now available at Wrigley Field, it’s hard to argue with her. So, go ahead veggie lovers, get your Cubs tickets free from fear or doubt. They’ll feed you well.