What is it?
Little Cubs Field is a smaller version of Wrigley Field, replicating 46 different features of the full size stadium. It measures 100 feet down the lines and 122 feet to center field wall. The walls contain 18,500 real, color-matched bricks and are covered with real ivy.
How did this happen?
The remarkable story of how the field came together is here.
Where is it?
At the corner of West Empire St. and South McKinley Ave., in Read Park in Freeport, Illinois. Our address is 1160 W. Empire St, Freeport, IL 61032. For a map and directions, go here.
Do I have to pay to get in?
No, admission is always free to Little Cubs Field. In fact, the field is an open public space—there is no fence around it, and it’s free to use and tour at any time between sunrise and sunset. The only exception to this rule is when the field is reserved. For details on reserving the field for your group, go here.
What events is it used for?
Freeport Little League uses the field almost every weekday night at 6pm from late April to early July. T- ball is played during the day in July and August.
The field can also be reserved during the spring, summer or fall for any sort of event from kickball games to birthday parties, reunions, and even weddings. To find out more about reserving the field, go here.
Our field has also been a tourist destination for almost 10 years now. Little Cubs Field is a placewhere grownups can be kids and kids can be grownups!
What do the Cubs say about this?
The Chicago Cubs have supported and encouraged the project from the beginning, giving us a private tour of Wrigley and a cutting of the ivy along with dirt, grass, seats, and flags from Wrigley. The Cubs Caravan came to Freeport January 16th, 2008 to benefit Little Cubs Field. Cubs great Ron Santo has been a big supporter of the project, and served as our Guest of Honor at our grand opening in 2008.
Is this a charity?
Yes, Little Cubs Field is a non-profit 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.
Can I buy a souvenir?
Yes! Our Gift Shop is open each Saturday and Sunday between May 20 and September 30 from 11am to 5pm. It is also open anytime someone has reserved the field, and you don’t have to be part of that group to visit the gift shop.
Can I have a picnic?
Yes, we have a picnic pavilion with tables. There is a soda machine on the site. If you plan to cook out, you’ll need to bring your own grill.
Is there equipment to use?
Yes, we have some bats & balls that are always in the 3rd base dugout for free use. Use wiffleballs, tennis balls, ragballs or rubber balls. No hardballs please! Equipment is also available for free use in the Gift Shop when it is open.