U.S. Cellular Field 333 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL
U.S. Cellular Field first opened for the 1991 season and is located on Chicago’s south side at 333 W. 35th St. It has hosted the ALDS three times in 2000, 2005 and 2008, the ALCS twice in 1993 and 2005 and the 2005 World Series when the Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros 4-0 to become the 2005 World Series Champions. The stadium also hosted the 2003 MLB All-Star Game.
The stadium has gone through a number of renovations over the years to make the ballpark more fan-friendly. The most recognized attractions are the Fan Deck in center field, the Comcast Fundamentals Deck in left field, and the Chicagoland Plumbing Council Shower located near section 160.
From the North Suburbs: Take I-94 south towards Chicago. Continue past downtown Chicago and exit at 35th St. and proceed to the parking lots.
From Northwest Suburbs: Take I-90 and merge onto I-94. Continue past downtown Chicago and exit at 35th St. and proceed to the parking lots.
From the South Suburbs: Take I-57 north towards Chicago. Merge onto I-94 north and exit at 35th St. and proceed to the parking lots.
From Southwest Suburbs: Take I-55 north towards Chicago. Take the I-94 exit towards Indiana. Exit at 35th St. and proceed to the parking lots.
From Western Suburbs: Take I-290 east towards Chicago. Take the I-94 exit towards Indiana. Exit at 35th St. and proceed to the parking lots.
It costs $23 to park at U.S. Cellular Field. Fans paying cash may park in lots F, L or G.
One perk of parking at U.S. Cellular Field is that you are allowed to tailgate so plan accordingly. No tailgating during the game though. Parking lot attendants come through and make sure you leave. Also, tailgating is not permitted post game. Lots close 30 minutes after the game ends.
The main artery for reaching U.S. Cellular Field is the CTA’s “L” Rapid Transit system. The main stop is Sox-35th on the red line or, alternatively, you can take the green line to 35-Bronzeville-IIT. I would recommend taking the red line since it is much closer and safer to the ballpark.
Location of Ticket Scalpers
There are a few areas around U.S. Cellular Field to find ticket scalpers.
1) The main area for ticket scalpers is on the walk from the CTA’s red line to the stadium.
2) If you parked in the parking lots south of the stadium there are scalpers along the walk from those parking lots to U.S. Cellular Field.
3) If neither of those options work, you can walk west a few blocks on 35th St. Scalpers used to congregate around 35th Street Red Hot on the corner of 35th St. and Normal Ave. However, the Chicago police now hang out around there so they will be a block or two west of Normal Ave. on 35th St.
4) If worse comes to worse walk to the ticket broker located near the corner of at 33rd St. and Wells St. You will have to pay more but they always have tickets.
If you have time and want to hold out for a free ticket hang around the main box office or the White Sox Champions Brick Plaza – both are located in the front of the stadium.
Food in Stadium
There is nothing special about the food at U.S. Cellular Field. If you have to eat one item that is somewhat unique to the ballpark go for the Funnel Cake.
If you are looking for an alcoholic beverage after the 7th inning, the Bullpen Sports Bar is the place to be. Also, the Bullpen Sports Bar is a great spot to hang out during a rain delay since it is indoors. You will also know when the game is ready to start because you are standing at field level.
Recommended Restaurants and Bars
the Southside’s take on Buffalo Wild Wings. Free parking and free shuttle to the game.
Eat and drink your beer right by the visiting bullpen in U.S. Cellular Field. Serves alcohol after the seventh inning if needed.
Recommended Hot Dog Stands
Chicago Style Hot Dogs west of the stadium.
The hot dog stand which an upscale name north of the stadium.