The team at Tailgater Concierge is so excited to support the Chicago Bears this fall! If you’re planning on attending a game at Soldier Field and need our tailgating services, be sure to reach out ASAP! A few games are already at capacity, and others are filling up quickly. For more information on our services at Soldier Field, check out our website: https://www.tailgaterconcierge.com/bears/
The Chicago Bears / Green Bay Packers rivalry is known as the most historical and compelling rivalry in the NFL. It is the league’s longest continual rivalry, and the victories are split almost evenly between each team – how crazy is that? With the Chicago Bears home opener being the Packers, you know it’s going to set the tone for an incredible season!
Here’s more information to have a successful Bears game day at Soldier Field:
GETTING TO SOLDIER FIELD
Soldier Field’s address is 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605. It’s located near the Chicago downtown area. Given that, you have a few options when it comes to getting to the stadium:
- Drive & Park – see the next section for more information. Note: if you’re interested in tailgating, this is the route you must go. There is little to no ‘open-space’ available to tailgate around the stadium. And who wants to take the metro with a pop-up tent?
- CTA – the stadium is easily accessible via the Red, Green and Orange lines at the Roosevelt Station (3/4 mile walk to stadium entrance)
- CTA bus route #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express also provides a connection from Roosevelt Station to the stadium entrance on McFetridge Drive
- Ride-share (i.e. Uber/Lyft) – there is a set pick-up and drop-off location at the stadium that makes this process easy for fans to come and go. Do note, that for big games, there is sometimes a bit of a delay calling a vehicle after the game.
PARKING OPTIONS & GUIDELINES
To purchase parking passes through the bears directly, visit SoliderFieldParking.com. You can buy season passes, along with single-game parking spots.
If you’re unable to purchase a parking pass through the Bears, check out this site for parking options in the nearby neighborhood: https://stadiumparkingguides.com/soldier-field-parking/. There’s lots of information on pricing/distance to the stadium, etc.!
Make sure you’re aware of the following rules:
- Cars: must be parked in marked stalls. Patrons cannot buy or save parking spaces for tailgating or late arriving patrons. Backing into parking stalls is not permitted.
- Cash: Cash is accepted on a limited basis at the Alder Planetarium and Burnham Harbor. Cash prices are subject to change without notice.
- Tailgating: is allowed on all surface lots and the upper level of the Waldron Deck. Party set-ups and grills that exceed the one designated parking space will either be relocated within the designated area or closed-down. Fire pits/open fires are NOT ALLOWED IN ANY LOTS.
- We just picked out a few we thought were most important, but for a full list of the rules/regulations of parking at Soldier Field, check out the official rules and guidelines.
TAILGATING AT CHICAGO BEARS GAMES
Like the Chicago Bears themselves, tailgaters should have a game plan before heading to Soldier Field for game day. Between the tailgate & game, tailgaters will clock 8+ hours outside in the elements, and on a cold Chicago fall/winter day, that can be tough. You need to stay very warm, and well-fed, so a solid plan is a must when heading to a Chicago Bears football game.
Here’s a check-list of all the things you want to remember for your Chicago Bears tailgate:
- LAYERS – so.many.layers! This will be essential to bear the elements of a Chicago winter
- Don’t forget your parking pass(es) and game ticket(s) – that would be a bummer
- Bring all the essential FOOD. If you’re planning to grill, we always suggest bringing snacks to have available from the start of the tailgate – i.e. chips and dips, fruit bowls, wings are always a favorite, etc. Be sure to not miss dessert!
- Pro tip – bring EXTRAS! For starters, people always end up eating more than planned, and it’s great to have leftovers for the post-gating when you’re hopefully celebrating your team’s victory!
- Be sure to bring all needed plates, napkins, cutlery, a lighter, knives, scissors, foil for leftovers… Tupperware is also very nice to have!
- RED CUPS (and some ping pong balls if you’re into drinking games)
- For a more detailed list of commonly forgotten items: check out our Check-List Blog!
The hard facts of tailgating:
- Tailgating is allowed on all surface lots in the Museum Campus, on the upper level of the Waldron deck, and in the 31st Street McCormick Place Lot B.
- Tailgating is allowed four hours before the game and two hours after the game.
- Tailgating is prohibited during the game.
- You must purchase parking tickets to park in the tailgating lots, and you must have a ticket to the game to park in a tailgate lot.
- Tailgaters are limited to one single parking space per vehicle.
- Alcohol is allowed, but only within the confines of the parking lot.
- A new NFL-wide rule prohibits fans from bringing bags into the stadium, so plan accordingly.
- Click here to view a full list of rules and regulations.
TAILGATER CONCIERGE SERVICE
If you’re traveling in from out of town or have a large group and don’t want to deal with the hassles of tailgating, the team at Tailgater Concierge can help you out! We have reserved space in the Adler Planetarium lots – and access to parking spaces nearby if you or folks in your party are interested in driving. The team will handle all of the set-up, take-down, and clean-up of your tailgate equipment, and help coordinate all your catering and beverage needs. All you have to do is show up and have fun. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our Bears Page, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT NOT TO MISS IN CHICAGO
Chicago is a city that has something for literally EVERYONE. Check out the below blog posts for inspiration to plan out your weekend:
- Top things to do in Chicago – https://www.thecrazytourist.com/top-25-things-to-do-in-chicago-il/
- Concerts at Tinley Park – http://www.tinleyparkamphitheater.com/concerts/
- Free concerts in Grant Park – http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/the-music/events-calendar
- Top restaurants in Chicago – https://www.thrillist.com/eat/chicago/best-restaurants-chicago
- Catch another sporting event:
Pro tip – if you’re not a big fan of the cold, we’d suggest making your way out to a game EARLY in the season, September and October are great weather months that have that nip of fall in the air, but you might not love heading to a sub-40 degree game in November.
If you have any additional questions regarding tailgating at a Chicago Bears game, feel free to reach out to the team at Tailgater Concierge! You can reach us via email@example.com or give us a call at 888-301-2190.