Soldier Field 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr., Chicago, IL

Stadium Review
Soldier Field is located right next to Lake Michigan on Chicago’s Museum Campus. It was reopened after a complete rebuild on September 29, 2003 when the Chicago Bears hosted the Green Bay Packers for Monday Night Football.

Since the reopening Soldier Field has hosted two divisional playoff games on January 15, 2006 and January 14, 2007 and hosted the NFC Championship Game on January 21, 2007. It also hosted the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final between the United States and Mexico in 2007 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals in 2009.

The outside structure of Soldier Field has been around since the original stadium opened in November 1924. The new stadium seats 61,500, making it the smallest NFL stadium.

Below are the directions to Soldier Field. These are direct routes to the stadium but be aware directions will vary given your parking location.

Driving from I-55: Take I-55, the Stevenson Expressway, northbound to Lake Shore Drive/Highway 41 North. Take LSD north to the 18th Street exit.
Driving from I-290: Take I-290, the Eisenhower Expressway, east to Congress Parkway. Take Congress Parkway to Columbus Drive. Turn right and take Columbus Drive south to the 18th Street exit.
Driving from the South on I-90/94: Take I-90/94, the Dan Ryan Expressway, north to the Lake Shore Drive/22nd street exit. Stay to the right and exit to LSD. Take LSD/Highway 41 north to the 18th Street exit.
Driving from the North on I-94: Take I-94, the Kennedy Expressway, south to the Congress Parkway exit. Follow Congress Parkway to Columbus Drive. Turn right on Columbus Drive and follow Columbus south to the 18th Street exit.

There are quite a few parking lots to choose from on game days. The main two tailgating parking lots are the Waldron Deck and the South Lot. In order to buy parking passes for either of those two lots you need to enter the parking lottery that takes place during the summer. If you win the lottery parking costs $400 for the season ($40 per game). If you lose the lottery you can buy a parking pass through the secondary market (eBay, Craigslist, etc) either for the season or on a game-by-game basis. Another option which jumps the ticket lottery is to pay $1000 for the season ($100 per game) in the premium parking section of the South Lot.

If you do not want to pay for the entire season but still want to tailgate for a reasonable price there are a few other options. One is to park in the 31st Street McCormick Place Lot B which costs $25 and provides a shuttle to the stadium. The second is the Adler Planetarium Lot which costs $46 and is close enough to walk to Soldier Field rather than rely on the shuttles (however, they may not have parking available if you arrive late). After November, the Burnham Harbor Lot opens and also costs $46.

If you plan to drive from the Northern suburbs and are not planning to tailgate, park at the East Monroe Street / Millennium Park Garages. The parking lot costs $25 and there is a free shuttle service that runs from the parking lot to Soldier Field.

Public Transportation
With the Metra, CTA “El” Trains and buses there are many public transportation options that can get you to Soldier Field.

One of the most convenient options is to take the Red, Orange or Green line train to the Roosevelt Station between State St. and Wabash Ave. Transfers can be made to the #146 Inner Drive / Michigan Express bus from the train. However, the easiest is to walk along Roosevelt Rd. and through the Museum Campus to Soldier Field. If you are planning to go out before or after a game at Soldier Field the Roosevelt Station is conveniently located within a few block walk of most of the bars and restaurants in the area.

Location of Ticket Scalpers
Ticket scalpers are located along the entire walk from the Roosevelt Station to Soldier Field. They also hang around the walk from the 18th street shuttle turnaround to Soldier Field.

Food in Stadium
Soldier Field has typical stadium food at their concession stands. Better food can be found along the colonnades of the upper deck.

Recommended Restaurants
A. Miller’s Pub (1.9 miles) 134 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 263-4988
Classic Chicago home-style restaurant with good meals beyond just pub grub.
B. Exchequer Restaurant (1.7 miles) 226 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 939-5633
Award winning Chicago stlye pizza and baby back ribs and a ridiculous one pound burger.
Recommended Bars
C. Weather Mark Tavern (1.3 miles) 1503 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, (312) 588-0230
Spacious, sailing themed bar with comfy couch seating that has the best prices on Bears home games.
D. Grace O’Malley’s (1.1 miles) 1416 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, (312) 588-1800
Traditional Irish Pub which is a close jaunt from the stadium but often crowded.


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