Soldier Field: What you need to know to make it a great day

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There are few venues across America like Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. As one of the most historic football venues in the entire NFL, it doesn’t matter who the Bears are playing, Soldier Field is worth the trip. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Soldier Field.

Where is Soldier Field located? 

Soldier Field is in Chicago, Illinois. The address of Soldier Field is 1410 Special Olympics Dr, Chicago, IL 60605. 

Who plays at Soldier Field?

The Chicago Bears play at Soldier Field. 

What is the capacity at Soldier Field?

The capacity at Soldier Field is 61,500, which is the number of seats at the arena. 

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What time do the gates open at Soldier Field?

Gates at Soldier Field open two hours before kickoff. We encourage you to arrive early so you are not rushing to your seats. 

How much is the parking at Soldier Field?

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Parking will cost $35. You can pay using cash or credit. Parking will be in the Waldron Parking Deck and North Garage. Parking can be purchased through Soldier Field’s direct portal or by downloading the Park Mobile app and purchasing within the app. Parking lots open three hours before the start of the game.

Can you tailgate at Soldier Field?

You are allowed to tailgate at Soldier Field. It is a long-standing tradition permitted within all stadium-controlled parking lots on Museum Campus.

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What can you bring into Soldier Field?

Bags that are clear plastic and do not exceed 12″ x 6″x 12″ or small clutch bags, which cannot exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″ in size, are allowed into Soldier Field. 

Can you bring food and water into Soldier Field?

You can bring food into Soldier Field if it is in a clear plastic bag and not in a container. You cannot get any beverages into the stadium, including water. 

Is Soldier Field cashless? 

Soldier Field concession stands and roaming food and drink vendors will only accept credit, debit, or prepaid cards. Parking is the exception where some parking garages will take cash or card. 

How much is a suite at Soldier Field?

Suites at Soldier Field can cost between $15,000 -$40,000 depending on whom the opponent team is playing, the day of the week, and suite level. Soldier Field’s 131 suites are located on the stadium’s east side and wrap both the North and South ends. The suite packages are offered in 12, 14, 18, 20, 24, 32 & 40 tickets with interior theater seating, four parking passes, exclusive access to the premium levels, and the benefit of premium food and beverage service within a climate-controlled environment. Suite attendants are available to assist guests with their needs before, during, and after events.

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What is there to eat at Soldier Field?

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There are some great places at Soldier Field to grab a bite. It is why we suggest arriving early so you can have a chance to look at all the different places to eat and find something to your fill your craving. 

  • Classic Stadium Food: Pretzels, pizza, hot dogs, burgers, chicken tenders, peanuts, soda, beer, fries, and more throughout the concession stands at the stadium.
  • Kosher Grill: Hot dogs, burgers, polish sausages, pastrami sandwiches, and more out in section 325.
  • Wing Baskets: Hot or sweet wings with fries out in section 302.
  • Budlong Chicken: A hot chicken sandwich out in section 240.
  • Buona Beef: Chicago’s original Italian beef sandwich out of sections 110, 144, and 430.
  • Chicago Cocktail Company: Signature cocktails in a wide range out in sections 126, 323, 353, and 441.
  • Loaded Nachos and Tacos: The perfect Mexican dish to share with friends on a game day out in sections 149, 323, and 353.
  • Kronos Gyros: Fans looking for gyros with a wide range of toppings can head to sections 103, 126, and 440.
  • Heartland Hops: Chicago craft beer drink options are in sections 358 and 428.
  • DMK Burger Bar: Signature burgers with craft beer out in section 126.
  • Lightlife Plant-Based Burger: Fans looking for a vegan-friendly plant-based burger can head to sections 141 and 300. 

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