Chicago Bears Tailgating

Choose your favorite opponent to the Chicago Bears and head to the game. Before the action, take part in the Chicago Bears Tailgate extravaganza.

Event information

Join thousands of fans at Soldier Field Stadium for kickoff and excitement bar none. Or, “bear none,” that is. Staley Da Bear will be there, too. Join this famous mascot in cheering on the team to victory.

Before the play by play begins, take part in the Chicago Bears Tailgating event. Start the day off early and set up your gear for a pregame time of feasting, music, and games. Get in the spirit by practicing your game chants and then put it all into play at half-time.

No matter the season, football games are a blast to attend, and the experience gives the ultimate fan a chance to put their favorite game-face on. Grab your Bears’ jersey and get ready to figure out the game formations in style.

While in the windy city, explore venues like Millenium Park. If the weather is cold enough, take a spin on the skating rink there. Navy Pier is the premier destination for shopping, dining, and more. If you want to see a lot of the city, take a ride on a hop-on hop-off tour bus.

If you are looking to venture outside the city, consider Illinois Beach State Park, Starved Rock State Park, and Lowden State Park. These are just three of the picturesque spots for photoshoots in the area.

Tickets

Tickets to a football game at Soldier Field vary depending on the visiting team, but average around $200. Suite tickets are available for the epitome of football viewing. Check the ins and outs of procuring Chicago Bears tickets. Games sell out fast, so prepurchase is a necessity.

Transportation

Driving

I-90 runs in proximity to Soldier Field with US-41 coming near the stadium. Enter the GPS coordinates and have a trusty navigator by your side as you make your way through traffic. Getting Around Illinois is the site to download for interactive maps detailing road closures and weather conditions. As you get closer to the game site, enjoy the drive through areas like Chinatown, Ukrainian Village, and Little Italy.

Parking areas

See the Chicago Bears website under the heading Parking and Transportation for detailed information and tailgate locations. If you are tailgating, you will park your rig in a lot other than the designated lot for RVs and buses. If there events taking place at nearby McCormick Place, parking rules may change and space limited, so best to have up-to-the-minute information as your event time approaches.

Public Transportation

Shuttle service is provided from specific tailgating lots, but not all of them. The Chicago Transit Authority metro and bus systems have convenient routes for getting to a Chicago Bears game. Getting to and from the venue is easy via this method, with an express bus leaving every 30 minutes after the action is done.

Where to stay

Onsite

Overnight parking is not permitted at the tailgating party. All vehicles must leave the parking lot by two hours after the game. Camping is available near the city, and you have your choice of private or state-owned campgrounds. Gather the family for a pre-trip planning meeting and discuss everyone’s RV camping suggestions.

Nearby

Your choice of campground may depend on what time of year you plan to attend a Chicago Bears Tailgate event. Many campgrounds in the area close for the season as fall progresses. Rock Cut State Park is open during the winter and does offer electricity at its sites. Water and a dump station are not available, so plan for that as you prep your motorhome for the trip. If you are a fan of ice fishing, while in the area check out William W. Powers State Recreation Area to try your hand this unique activity.

Getting around

Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for climbing stairs and maneuvering through crowds. The use of an elevator is a possibility, but the stands and stairs to the seating will be busy. An usher escort can transport via wheelchair those who need it (although wheelchairs are limited). However, you cannot keep the wheelchair throughout the game. If you are in your own wheelchair, arrange for accessible and companion seating for the game.

What to pack

Clothing

Gameday wardrobes will vary depending on whether you are attending a game late summer, fall, or winter. For events later in the season, layering is key to comfort. Cozy footwear and foot warmers (and even hand warmers) are essential for cold-season games. Bring rain gear, too, as a rainy or snowy day may occur. Remember, you are on the waterfront of this windy city. It’s best to be over-prepared, rather than cold.

Gear

Bring your clear plastic carry bag into the stadium. Items like fanny packs, backpacks, purses, and diaper bags are not allowed. Each family member can bring a bag, so include snacks for the kids. Beverages must be purchased inside the stadium. For the campervan, bring a flashlight, small radio, toiletries, and games for the kids.

Health & Safety

If you are camping in the colder months, ensure that the kids stay warm and wear gloves to protect their hands from the cold. Have extra food on hand in case stormy weather moves in and prevents you from going anywhere. Keep your fuel stores at maximum and consider a generator to guarantee a heated Airstream on a crisp night.

Where to eat

Cooking

Cooking is what it’s all about at a Chicago Bears Tailgating event. Propane tanks less than 19 pounds only are permitted on campus grounds. Cook up a batch of gameday hotdogs and a pot of chili. If you are barbequing, prep pans of ribs and wings for the ultimate pre-action meal. No deep fryers, though. Keep your tailgate section clean and free of garbage, taking care to dispose of foodstuffs properly.

Restaurants

Chicago has the food scene down to a science. Bears fans have their pick of restaurants as they walk to and from the game. Visit a myriad of neighborhoods for pizza, poutine, and pastrami. Or, base your tastes on world flavors like Indian curry, matzo ball, soup, or Meditteranean Biryani. The choice is yours to enjoy.

Vendors

If you took public transit to the game and don’t have your vehicle there in a tailgate parking lot, you can still experience the fun by attending the Chicago Bears pre-game event, held two hours before. It is complimentary and features Bears alumni, music, and giveaways. You can purchase food and drinks. The Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate is located on the Stadium Green.

Safety

Security

The Chicago Bears franchise has a great system for ensuring fan safety. If you see any untoward behavior in the stadium, you can text security, and they will respond. The campaign is “Help Stop UnBEARable Behavior.” Security officers, S3 ushers, and Fan Services Team Members are trained and ready to deal with any situation. Back at the campground, lock your valuables up each time you leave the campervan and teach the kids away-from-home safety rules for around the site.

Weather

You never know what kind of weather the windy city will blow into the Chicago Bears Stadium. Be prepared for any weather situation, from snow to sun to rain. Pack your Class A with clothing for all types of conditions and bring shower pole hooks for hanging wet clothes to dry if need be. Rubber boots are a must for exploring creeks and trails after a rain.

Medical

Four medical aid stations are located in the Soldier Field Stadium. Ask a member of Fan Services to point them out to you as you arrive. Before leaving home for the road trip to Chicago, top up the RV first aid kit with fresh gauze, tape, band-aids, antibiotic creams, and peroxide.