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The Chicago Cubs are looking to return to the postseason in 2024 after missing the playoffs in each of the past three seasons. While the offseason was somewhat of a disappointment as the team missed a chance to acquire superstar talent like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the signing of manager Craig Counsell can inject some life back into the organization.

On this page, you’ll find information about the latest Chicago Cubs odds for both single-game and season-long accolades. We’ve also explained some of the ways you can bet on the team, how to watch the Cubs, and highlighted an overall history of the franchise.

How can you wager on the Chicago Cubs on a sports betting site in Illinois?

You can wager on the Chicago Cubs using a sports betting site in Illinois by following these easy steps.

  1. Learn more about what sportsbooks you can use: To streamline your sportsbook research process, ILBetting.com has produced comprehensive reviews of all legal, licensed Illinois sportsbook operators. We’ve assessed the performance of the betting sites and mobile apps, explained what welcome bonuses are available, and judged each site with an overall rating based on five key metrics.
  2. Register with a sports betting site: Once you’ve learned more about Illinois sports betting sites, you can use the links in the reviews to sign up for a sports gambling account. This is the surest way to guarantee the best welcome bonus available through each operator. The signup process takes about 5-10 minutes per sportsbook.
  3. Make a real-money deposit: Next, you’ll need to make a real-money deposit to finance your Chicago Cubs-related betting activities. There are many different ways to fund your account, but each operator will have its own list of approved banking methods. Make sure whatever amount you deposit is within your financial means and allows you to be eligible for a lucrative welcome promo offer.
  4. Research the Cubs and their opponent: Betting with your heart but not your head is one of the surest ways to strike out at the sportsbooks. Arm yourself with as much information as you can get before locking in any bets. Good information to gather would include pitching matchups, injury reports, weather data, performances in day/night games, spray charts, stats against right- and left-handed pitching, and recent head-to-head results.
  5. Find the best odds and make your bets: Sportsbooks will all have subtle differences in their odds from game to game, and these discrepancies can work in your favor. For example, if you think Christopher Morel is going to hit a home run, Sportsbook A may have his home run odds at +300 while Sportsbook B has the odds at +400. On a $10 wager, you would win $40 instead of $30 by betting at Sportsbook B while risking the same amount for your stake. Even small differences can result in huge gains over your sports betting career!

Which wagering types can you choose for the Chicago Cubs?

There are many different wagering types you can choose for betting on the Chicago Cubs. If you’re new to the world of sports betting, you may want to start with some of the more simple varieties to get comfortable with the terminologies and strategies to be successful. Here are some of the most popular ways to bet on the Cubs.

  • Moneyline bets: Moneyline bets are straightforward bets on whether or not the Cubs will win their game. It doesn’t matter how many runs they win by or if the game goes into extra innings, just so long as they hold the lead when the score goes final.
  • Runline bets: Akin to betting the spread in football, runline bets are wagers on how many runs the Cubs will win or lose by. For example, if the Cubs were -2.5 on the runline, they would need to win by at least three runs for this bet type to pay out. Similarly, if the Cubs were underdogs and listed at +2.5 on the runline, this bet type would pay out if Chicago won outright or lost by fewer than three runs.
  • Prop bets: Prop bets are a fun way to find wagering value by targeting specific player or team betting markets that aren’t necessarily tied to the final score. They also tend to work well for same-game parlays, a more advanced bet type that combines multiple outcomes into one wager with a multiplied payout based on the number of outcomes combined in the parlay. Prop bets could include things like how many total bases Nico Hoerner records, if Dansby Swanson will hit a home run, how many strikeouts Kyle Hendricks records, or whether the Cubs will score in the first inning.

How can I watch or stream the Chicago Cubs in IL?

You can watch Chicago Cubs games in IL by tuning into the Marquee Sports Network, NBC Sports Chicago, FOX, FS1, ESPN, or TBS. You can also stream the games by watching Hulu Live, YouTube TV, and the Marquee Sports Network app.

Where do the Chicago Cubs play their home games?

The Chicago Cubs play their home games at Wrigley Field, located at the corner of Clark and Addison Streets in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. It opened in 1914 as Weeghman’s Park before changing the name to Cubs Park in 1920 and to Wrigley Field in 1927. Nicknamed “The Friendly Confines,” Wrigley is the second-oldest MLB stadium, trailing Fenway Park in Boston which opened in 1912.

How to purchase tickets to see the Chicago Cubs play live

The easiest way to purchase tickets to see the Chicago Cubs play live is to buy them through Ticketmaster. The team website will redirect you to Ticketmaster for single-game purchases, though you may also be able to get them on the resale market through sites like VividSeats, SeatGeek, and StubHub.

If you’re looking for Chicago Cubs season tickets or other ticket packages, you’ll need to sign up for a plan through the team website or by calling 773-269-5289. Season ticket plans run in 20-game, half-season (41 games), and full-season (81 games) offers.

Do the Chicago Cubs have any official partnerships with sportsbooks?

Yes, the Chicago Cubs have an official partnership with DraftKings IL, which operates a sportsbook at Wrigley Field. The two sides struck a $100 million deal in September 2020, making the Cubs the first MLB team to plan for a sportsbook inside their home stadium.

Yes, betting on the Chicago Cubs is legal in Illinois. Sports betting has been legal in the Land of Lincoln since 2019, and the first sportsbooks launched statewide in March 2020. The state eliminated the in-person registration requirement, so you can sign up for sports betting sites online or through mobile apps to begin betting on the Cubs today!

History of the Chicago Cubs

As one of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball, the history of the Chicago Cubs has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Here are some of the key moments to know in Cubs history.

  • 1870: The Chicago White Stockings, who would later become the Cubs, are founded as part of the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP). The team played for two seasons then took two years off in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire.
  • 1876: Chicago becomes one of eight charter members of the National League, winning the title with a 52-14 record. Player-manager Cap Anson would help lead the team to five more National League pennants between 1876 and 1886. Anson is credited as the first player in baseball history to record 3,000 hits.
  • 1890: Chicago officially adopts the “Chicago Colts” moniker, replacing the White Stockings name. The White Stockings name was later picked up by another Chicago team, leading to the modern-day Chicago White Sox.
  • 1897: The Colts finished with a 59-73 record, leading the team to release Anson as both a manager and a player after 22 years with the club. The departure led local newspapers to begin referring to the team as “The Orphans.”
  • 1902: Owner Albert Spalding sells the team to Jim Hart. Around this time, the Chicago Daily News began referring to the team as the “Cubs,” with the full name change coming in 1907.
  • 1906: Chicago records the best winning percentage (.763) in a single season in baseball history, finishing the regular season with 116 wins. However, the team lost to their crosstown rivals the White Sox in the World Series.
  • 1907: The Cubs win their first World Series title, defeating the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep.
  • 1908: Chicago wins back-to-back championships, again beating the Tigers but this time in five games. However, it would be more than a century before the Cubs would win another title.
  • 1918: The Cubs returned to the World Series but lost to the Boston Red Sox in six games. This series also sparked an extended championship drought for Boston, as the Red Sox would not win another World Series until 2004.
  • 1921: Bill Wrigley, founder of the candy and chewing gum company, purchases a majority stake in the team.
  • 1929: The Cubs begin a streak of winning the National League pennant once every three years, following up the 1929 win with pennants in 1932, 1935, and 1938.
  • 1945: During Game Four of the World Series, Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis and his pet goat Murphy were removed from Wrigley Field because the goat was bothering other fans. While security escorted the pair from the grounds, Sianis reportedly said “Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more,” leading fans to refer to the incident as “The Curse of the Billy Goat.” It would be another 71 years before the Cubs returned to the World Series.
  • 1953: Ernie Banks signs with the Cubs and makes his MLB debut on September 17. Banks spent the entirety of his 18-year career with the team, earning him the nickname “Mr. Cub.” As the face of the franchise, Banks was a 14-time All-Star, two-time MVP, and a Gold Glove winner. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.
  • 1969: Despite holding a 9.5-game lead in August, the Cubs would collapse in the final quarter of the season and miss winning the National League East division by eight games.
  • 1981: Following the 1977 death of P.K. Wrigley, the Wrigley family sold the team to the Chicago Tribune.
  • 1988: Wrigley Field becomes the last MLB stadium to install lights at the stadium.
  • 1998: Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa leads the team to the playoffs while taking part in the “Home Run Chase” with Mark McGwire of the rival St. Louis Cardinals and Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners. Sosa would be named National League MVP after hitting 66 home runs and driving in a league-best 158 runs. However, McGwire outpaced Sosa with a then-record 70 home runs. Chicago was swept in the NLDS by the Atlanta Braves.
  • 2003: Leading the NLCS three games to two over the Florida Marlins, the Cubs seemed poised to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945. With only five outs between the Cubs and the NL pennant, Marlins batter Luis Castillo hit a foul ball that was headed into the stands. Cubs outfield Moises Alou jumped in an effort to catch the ball, but a fan by the name of Steve Bartman reached towards the ball as well and Alou was unable to record the out. Alou threw his glove in frustration, sparking a domino effect (later referred to as “The Steve Bartman Incident”) that saw shortstop Alex Gonzalez misplay a routine double play ball, with the error leading to eight more runs scoring in the inning and a win for the Marlins. Florida won Game Seven (also at Wrigley), with fans blaming Bartman for the playoff collapse. Bartman was ostracized and scapegoated with fans throwing debris and shouting insults at him. The players emphasized the loss was their fault, but Bartman’s name and personal information were published online, leading to a barrage of harassment from fans and media alike. Bartman has stayed out of the public spotlight since the incident, though the Cubs made many efforts to repair the relationship through the years (including sending Bartman a World Series ring after the 2016 win).
  • 2009: The Ricketts family buys the team and the Cubs enter a rebuilding era. Tom Ricketts signed Theo Epstein to guide the rebuild, hoping to build on Epstein’s success with the Red Sox.
  • 2016: Chicago finally ends the 108-year World Series Drought, defeating the Cleveland Indians in extra innings in Game Seven. More than five million people attended the team’s championship parade, one of the largest gatherings in U.S. history.


Where can I find reliable statistics for the Chicago Cubs?

You can find reliable statistics for the Chicago Cubs through websites like MLB.com and Baseball-Reference.com. These websites can provide you with loads of information to use when researching for your next bet on the Cubs

Are there any special promotions for betting on the Chicago Cubs?

Yes, once baseball season draws closer, you will find special promotions for betting on the Chicago Cubs through DraftKings Sportsbook, the official betting partner of the team and of Wrigley Field.

What should beginners know about betting on the Chicago Cubs?

Beginners who are betting on the Chicago Cubs should know stadium winds can have a major impact on run production, and that Wrigley Field sees the most wind influence of any MLB stadium. Wrigley also has ivy lining the outfield walls, and balls that get lost in the ivy result in a ground rule double for batters.