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Skybox on Sheffield
Ranked #565 of 642 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: Skybox on Sheffield was opened in 1993, as primarily, a corporate entertainment facility for Cubs rooftops. Over the past 18 years it has grown into one of Chicago's most exciting full-service entertainment facilities. Conveniently located at 3627 N. Sheffield, Skybox on Sheffield is just inside the right field foul pole.Renovated in 2011, Skybox on Sheffield now offers four luxurious levels including: a three-tier outdoor roof deck, a lavish indoor clubhouse, a three course menu and beer selection from Goose Island, premium wines, 150 stadium seats, fully staffed bars on all levels, bathrooms on each level, an elevator with easy access and over 20 HD TVs throughout the rooftop. This unique Chicago Cubs rooftop offers an area for pre-game meetings and events with unbelievable views into Wrigley Field.If you are interested in more information about Cubs rooftop tickets at Skybox on Sheffield please contact us. We will be happy to assist you with any questions you have about Cubs tickets.
Reviewed 19 July 2017

I had purchased two tickets to attend this rooftops' James Taylor concert. I was not really aware of what the experience would look like or be like, so I did search on Trip Advisor for information. Unfortunately, I only got depressed reading what was available. So, I wanted to update everyone on this experience. They let you in thirty minutes prior to the concert. I was first in line. Getting in was not a problem. I just had to show my ticket and my ID. I quickly walked up to the very top, as I figured that I would get the best view from there. Based on past reviews, I knew that the right field Jumbotron would block any view of the field/stadium. In addition, I guess I was not totally surprised that I couldn't see the front of the stage, either. The stage was in centerfield almost all the way back to the wall/bleachers. The sides were canvassed as was the back of the stage. All I could see was the side...which was completely covered. I could see the first seven rows of people on the field. That was about it. For this particular performance, there was nothing projected on the big left field Jumbotron and of course, there was nothing shown on the television screens at this venue. So, do not go to this rooftop in hopes of seeing your favorite artist. The sound was okay....we were able to hear Bonnie Rait pretty clearly. The drinks were good. They had several different brands of beer on tap, six different types of wine and two different flavors of frozen margaritas! You were only allowed one drink at a time. You could not get a drink for your friend. For food, there was a hamburger, a veggie burger, a chicken sandwich, nachos, elotes, a pasta salad and a strawberry salad. The line for food could be long, but there were three very efficient workers managing the area, so it was not so bad. You were allowed two different items per visit. We had terrific weather and sat on this very comfortable couch. On the very top level, there were tall tables with high seated chairs, some stadium seating and some standing room. On the level just below the rooftop was where they served the food. There was seating available, but I did not check that area out. On the floor below that, there was indoor seating and a bar....but for this concert, no one was using that area. There were television screens at this level and they were showing the Chicago Cubs game. When we left, we asked the guy at the door how many people had bought tickets for the rooftop this evening and he said 200 and that 180 people had shown up. We did not feel like it was over crowded, we were able to enjoy some great drinks and some pretty good food. There were washrooms on the top level and on the level two floors below (the one with the indoor seating). Never had to wait for a restroom...and they were kept clean. The only thing we did not enjoy was the view. As much as we love James Taylor...and his music was good...not being able to see him or anything that they were showing on the two screens connected to the stage as well as the screen behind the band (we had friend who were inside the park who told us that) made the evening disappointing. I feel like this venue should be more forthcoming on what you are likely to see or not see as well as hear.
So, if you just want to hang with your friends, enjoy unlimited wine, draft beer and food, and listen to your favorite group (and also get a good price via Groupon)....give it a try. If you want to see your favorite artist...and pay a lot of money for food and drink...then you need to be inside the park!
Crossing this off my bucket list!

Thank Mary S
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

Here is an excerpt from a letter I had sent after my experience. Please be aware of what you are buying BEFORE you go:

As I was researching rooftops, I was aware that The Skybox on Sheffield did not have the views of the infield as stated on their website but didn’t realize there really was NO VIEW of the entire field! There is 1 view where you are able to see a little center and left fields, but that is only on the right side of the rooftop (as you are facing the scoreboard) and in the highest corner by the stairs where 1 person can stand. That is the ONLY view of the field which they put on their photo gallery. All of the other pictures on the website are of the food, sitting areas, and bar area, not of the playing field. Being from Kansas City and never been on a rooftop, from the pictures I couldn't get a feel of the prominence of the scoreboard. Other rooftops provided a 360 degree panoramic view, however, Skybox did not. They purposely leave those out with the scoreboard for, now, understandable reasons.

Again, I do realize that there is mention of the obstructed view, however, that could be said if you had trouble seeing any part of a field. Because we were relegated to sitting in the front row of the bleacher seats in the middle on the left side, we could only see the centerfielder when he was in position before the pitch. And that was it!! We literally saw 4 players the entire game, the center and left fielders of both teams.

That brings us to the reason we only had those seats as an option. The check in process took over 45 minutes to get in the door. I understand that these are unusual circumstances, however, sell outs are not out of the ordinary for Cubs games. The website notes doors open 1 hour before the game; however, it shouldn't take 45 minutes for 200 people to walk through the door. When we finally made it to the door, it was a matter of perhaps 15 seconds for the gentleman to find our names and check us off the list, no ID was shown (which would have explained the delay). And the fact there is only 1 person doing this doesn't quite make sense. It seems 2 people could be doing this job to make things go smoother and quicker.

In regards to the "elevated food" service they provide, I contend may be an overstatement. Again, I do not know what other rooftops provide, however, "elevated food" gives the impression of upscale offerings and in this day and age that is a pretty high standard with what even stadiums serve. The brats, in my mind, were oversized hotdogs and did not have the appearance nor taste of even a johnsonville brat. The hamburger patties were merely purchased in Costco type bundles. I asked for corn salad in the 4th inning-ish, and they were already out. I never did see popcorn but that could have been my oversight. They did hand out ice cream treats towards the end of the game that were ordinary grocery store purchases. The "elevated food" was again, an overstatement in my opinion.

I did reach out to them about the tvs prior to our visit because, once again, I did know there would be obstructed views (not NO view but obstructed) and wanted to see everything that was or did happen. The frustrating part is that the tv was on a 15 second delay. That delay became an actual distraction. The crowd and the other rooftops flanking Skybox would react well before we even knew what had happened.

Basically, it felt like we were in a bar next to the stadium and paid almost the same amount for those that could see the action first hand. I do know the location is great, but I believe that everything described on their website was extremely misleading. Again, there was an obstructed view and that was the main reason for the lower price ($200 less than another rooftop or Standing Room in the game), but NO view was not what I had in mind when I spent the money. $xxxx for average food, beer, pop (because my son is 14), and a view of a scoreboard was a business price gouging on unsuspecting out of towners! I was willing to give him a memory but seeing only the centerfielder is not the memory I was imagining.
Again, I do understand that they did provide a service and it was the World Series and costs do escalate (I live in KC and part of the Royals run the past 2 years). However, due to the information on their website and the price they were charging I felt the experience would be much different. I am not the type of person to complain of a slight difference of opinion but this is a different matter and felt mislead if not taken advantage of. I would say that there is a value for what we received and would agree to pay for 1 admission plus the tax. I would also contend that the 1 admission price is much more than a normal cost but the World Series is not the norm.

* Needless to say, nothing came of the complaint, nor the letter. They did say they would look into a 360 degree view of the rooftop to show the sight lines, however, that has not happened. They know the scoreboard is there but they don't want you to know. You will NOT be able to see the game...period.

Thank bradyway
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

You can have a good time here but not watching the game. View blocked so you have to watch TV and then the 3sec delay ruins it. I could see the K on the scoreboard before the pitch. Or crowd cheer and then know to watch TV. Food is average, beers were decent. nicer than watching the game at a bar but would not pay more than $50. If i didnt live in the city i would be pissed off if i paid $100+ for that place.

Thank thebutcher
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

from past images, at one time, this was great place to see a game--Forget it ! --- I feel bad for the owners, but worse for anyone dropping ($100 per seat)-- to not see a game.... yes..NOT SEE --

there is no view..period. End of story....

4  Thank alkaye
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

What a great time in the Skybox on Sheffield! A good view of the stadium slightly obstructed by the score board but that was fine because we were at Wrigley. Plenty of tv's inside with cool air conditioning and complimentary food & drinks. Cold Goose Island on tap is always a winner in my book!!!

1  Thank Jason M
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