CHICAGO — If you want to see the Cubs make franchise history in 2020, start saving your money now.
And if a trip to London to see the Cubs play their first regular-season games in Europe against the rival Cardinals on the weekend of June 13-14 is too expensive, there are other appealing trips that might fit your budget.
Here are five more affordable trips that might be nearly as appealing:
1. April 14-15 in Baltimore, April 16-19 in Washington
Despite its age, Oriole Park at Camden Yards remains one of baseball's most scenic venues. And Nationals Park is a cheap train ride away. A four-game series against the Nationals provides plenty of time for sightseeing during the non-baseball hours.
2. April 30-May 3 in Arizona, May 4-6 in Los Angeles
So you couldn't make it to spring training? Diamondbacks ticket prices are affordable, and the Cubs usually have the road-field advantage at Chase Field. Improvements will be made at Dodger Stadium in preparation for the 2020 All-Star Game.
3. June 26-28 in New York
The Cubs will make their first trip to Yankee Stadium since losing both ends of a doubleheader under chilly conditions in 2014. The third version of Yankee Stadium has retained some of the charm of its predecessors. And traveling fans should have the chance to see former Cubs Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu in Yankee pinstripes.
4. Aug. 14-16 in Toronto
Toronto is one of the cleanest and best walking cities in the majors. The Blue Jays have plenty of young talent in Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Nate Pearson, Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio, and chances are you'll have a better seat at the Rogers Centre than the media members who sit near the left-field foul pole.
5. Aug. 25-27 in Miami, Aug. 28-30 in New York
You're guaranteed to see three games at Marlins Park because of its retractable roof. The last weekend before Labor Day is a good time to visit New York as many locals travel to Long Island or other destinations before school resumes. And if you're a tennis fan, the U.S. Open starts Aug. 31.