I had the opportunity to visit Wrigley once again last weekend, attending the O's/Cubs game on Saturday afternoon. And once again, I was reminded of what a jewel this place is. Moreso than any other professional sport, baseball is all about its history. Stepping inside Wrigley, like Fenway, is like stepping into history; the place is currently celebrating its 100 year anniversary. From the ivy covered outfield walls and the old style jazz band performing at the entrance to the real organ (which played a bunch of pop tunes during that interminable rain delay) player, it feels like you are stepping back into time. Don't bother looking for a jumbotron here.
As for the outside, imagine old Memorial Stadium to a degree. Located right in teh middle of a residential area, but much more in the way of watering holes and restaurants. I believe weird-o used the word carnival; that's about as succinct a description as any. Just a festive celebration of the great game of baseball.
On a somewhat related note, I am imposing a self moratorium on attending future O's and Ravens games in Chicago. Went to the Ravens game last year, where they lost following a tornado delay. I'm bad news.