Wrigley Field Bag Policy

Wrigley Field Bag Policy

Wrigley Field is the Major League Baseball home of the Chicago Cubs at 1060 W Addison St, Chicago, Illinois 60613. The bag policy at Wrigley Field states that backpacks (including clear backpacks) are no longer allowed inside the venue for a Cubs game or other event. However, fans can bring in a drawstring, fanny pack, purse, diaper bag, and bags smaller than 16″ x 16″ x 8″.


Here is the complete Wrigley Field bag policy and more for your next visit to the friendly confines for a baseball game or other event.


How Does Wrigley Field Review Your Bag?

How Does Wrigley Field Review Your Bag

Fans entering Wrigley Field must go through a metal detector before scanning their tickets to enter the stadium. If you have a bag smaller than 16″ x 16″ x 8″, it will go through a separate inspection at the gate by the security team to ensure it does not contain any prohibited items. If there are banned items in the bag, the security team will tell you to surrender them, bring them to your car, or find a place to store them before getting back in line to enter the venue.


Here are some of the best compliant bags to bring into the MLB ballpark that complies with Wrigley Field’s bag policy. Buy a clear bag for your next stadium visit!


  • Tote bag
  • Drawstring bag
  • A small purse
  • A medical bag
  • Lunch bag
  • Briefcase
  • Laptop bag
  • Soft-sided cooler
  • Any ADA-compliant bag for that individual


What Items Can’t You Bring into Wrigley Field?

What Items Can't You Bring into Wrigley Field

There is an extensive list of items Cubs fans can’t bring into the venue for a game. Below are some of the most common things that will be turned away at the gate by security if you try and bring them in. However, visiting the official prohibited items list is in your best interest to ensure the rules stay the same before your next visit.


  • Air horns
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals not for ADA reasons
  • Backpacks
  • Bags that are larger than 16″ x 16″ x 8″
  • Firearms or weapons
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Illegal drugs
  • Laser pointers
  • Tripods
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Umbrellas that include a hard tip / any that is deemed too large by the staff


What Should You Do If Your Bag Is Too Big to Enter the Chicago Cubs Ballpark?

If you bring a backpack, a bag larger than 16″ x 16″ x 8″, or items that can’t enter the stadium, your best bet is to bring them to your car and leave them there.


However, if you took the CTA or another form of public transportation to the venue, your next best bet to leave your bag and items somewhere is at a nearby hotel. Many hotels are within walking distance of Wrigley Field, and most will watch your stuff for a fee if they have the space. However, hotel storage spaces come on a first-come and first-served basis, so it is best to read the bag policy guide and prohibited items list to avoid dealing with that.


Also, outside of trying to see if a hotel will hold your bag, you can ask the local bars around Wrigley Field if they will. Just like hotels, the ones that do will only do so on a first-come and first-served basis.


Parking Tips and Food Guide for the Chicago Cubs

Fans looking to save money on parking on game day can check out the listing from SpotHero above. SpotHero has numerous parking lot options throughout Wrigleyville that can be cheaper than the official parking lots at the venue. Check out the complete Wrigley Field parking guide to learn more.


Cubs fans can bring outside food into the venue for a baseball game. The rule is that the food must be for personal consumption. Along with that, fans can bring water that is factory sealed into the venue. However, the stadium staff does have the right to turn away any outside food and drink during their security inspection as you enter the venue.


Check out the Wrigley Field Food guide for the concession stands for your next home game.


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