Planning a Football Trip to Chicago? Capacity: 15,600 Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.
Chicago Fire Soccer Club is based in the suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois. The team competes in Major League Soccer as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference, having moved to the conference in 2002.
Football Trip to Chicago – How to get to Chicago & How to get around
Football Trip to Chicago – Fly to Chicago
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Directions from the Airport
CTA Blue Line station is located right within the airport offering easy access for passengers.
Public transportation such as the CTA “L” trains and Metra offer up easy and economical travel. The CTA Orange Line station is located at the airport offering easy access for passengers
Taxis from the Airport
There are Taxi Stands at the lower level curb front (outside of Baggage Claim) at each terminal. Fares are based on traffic conditions, but an average fare from O’Hare to downtown Chicago is $30-40
Taxi stands are located on the lower level curbfront of the terminals, and taxis are available on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure you have a licensed taxi driver, please be sure to use the taxi stands. Fares are based on traffic conditions, but an average fare from Midway to downtown Chicago is $35-40.
Football Trip to Chicago – Travel By Train
Chicago is a main hub for Amtrak trains coming from all parts of the U.S.. Here is an overview of which train routes travel to and through Chicago.
Amtrak in the Midwest offers daily services between Chicago and cities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin and connects the trains of the east of the country.
Some of the busier/well-known routes include the California Zephyr, which travels from San Francisco through Denver to Chicago; the City of New Orleans, which, as the name implies, travels from New Orleans through Memphis to Chicago; the Empire Builder, which travels from Seattle through St. Paul to Chicago; the Lake Shore Limited, which travels from New York through Albany to Chicago.
All Amtrak trains come into Chicago’s grand Union Station downtown
Football Trip to Chicago – Travel Around Chicago
Chicago is a walking city with an easy-to-navigate downtown grid. Madison Street divides the city north and south, while State Street divides it east and west.
The State/Madison intersection marks the origin of Chicago’s address grid system. Addresses are relative to the distance from that mark, with eight blocks to every mile. So an address of 3600 North Clark means that it is 36 blocks north of Madison.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system – serving the City of Chicago and 40 neighboring communities by rail and bus. Pay cash for single trip rides or purchase a reloadable Ventra Transit Card or Unlimited Ride Pass for added savings.
L’ Trains: Not all of Chicago’s eight ‘L’ lines are “elevated.” They do, however, connect the city via above-ground, street-level and subway trains and serve 144 rail stations all over town, making the ‘L’ one of the most efficient and affordable methods of transportation available. Two lines operate 24 hours a day: the Blue Line, which connects the airport and downtown, and the Red Line, with service between the North and South Sides via downtown.
Buses: More than 100 routes lace the city; buses stop every few blocks. Several lines operate 24 hours a day. Exact change is required for cash fare. Single ride: $2.50 Ventra Tickets are good only for a limited time and cannot be loaded again once the value is used up. Includeds unlimited rides within 24 hours of activation. Unlimited rides for 24 hours: $10.00
Football Trip to Chicago – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Chicago – The Stadium
Chicago plays its home games at Toyota Park, a soccer-specific stadium located at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois, about 12 miles southwest from downtown Chicago. The stadium opened on June 11, 2006 and was developed at a cost of around $100 million.
Football Trip to Chicago – Getting to the Stadium
From Downtown Chicago (I-55): Take I-55 South to the Harlem Avenue exit. Turn left (south) onto Harlem Avenue. Proceed south about 2.4 miles to the stadium.
TOYOTA PARK is served by the CTA Orange Line. The TOYOTA PARK Express Pace Bus, which leaves from the Orange Line stop, operates direct service to and from the stadium on certain event days.
The TOYOTA PARK Express bus departs the Orange Line Midway station every 20 minutes beginning 2 hours before the event start time. Buses leave TOYOTA PARK 30 minutes after the event ends to return to the Orange Line Midway station. Your CTA Transit Card is good for fares and transfers on CTA and Pace. A regular Pace fare of $1.75 is charged for transportation on the TOYOTA PARK Express bus, or a normal transfer fee is charged when coming from the Orange Line. The TOYOTA PARK bus stop is located at the southwest corner of 71st Street and Harlem Avenue.
Football Trip to Chicago – Getting Tickets
You can get single game tickets on the club website
Football Trip to Chicago – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in America can be found our Planning a Football Trip to America page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Chicago – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Chicago – Where to stay
Loop – The skyscrapers corporate headquarters delineate the area of the Loop District – the heart of the downtown area, named so because of the train-line loop that encircles it. This part of the city is always exciting and bustling with locals rushing off to work, drinking coffee at cafés, or taking in the sights.
The Westside of Chicago is probably the city’s most diverse quarter. This side of Chicago is full of ethnic restaurants, shops, murals, and monuments. The Pilsen neighborhood, just northwest of Chinatown in Bridgeport, is a classic example of Chicagoan diversity. As the traditional entry point for immigrants, there are a particularly high number of offbeat vintage shops and restaurants serving eclectic cuisine.
Just north of Downtown is Uptown Chicago – a hip and laidback district of the city filled with cultural allure. Close by is also the lovely residential neighborhood of the Hutchinson Street District. To the east of Uptown are miles upon miles of beach; Montrose Beach on Lake Shore Drive is one of the more popular spots.
O’Hare is a great place for an alternative stay in Chicago. It isn’t too far from Downtown Chicago either, as the CTA Blue Line ensures a good transport link to the urban heart of the city. This area is a great place for anyone looking for relaxation and high-end luxury and is ideal for businessmen, with many conferences held here in hotel meeting rooms.
Football Trip to Chicago – What else to see & do
Soldier Field – Plans for the stadium began in 1919, to build the stadium as a memorial to American soldiers who died in wars. Soldier Field is a monument to the times and great sports places typical of the “Golden Age of Sports” and is one of few such stadiums still standing. Soldier Field was built in three stages between 1922 and 1939 at a total cost $13 million. Soldier Field, when completed, contained 74,280 permanent bleacher seats made of fir planking. An additional 30,000 spectator temporary bleacher seats could be placed along the interior of the field, upper promenades and on the large open terrace beyond the north end zone. Stadium Tours are available and cost between $15 and $25 for an adult and start at $10 for under 18s.
Rays Music Exchange (300 E 47th St) Famous scene from Blue Brothers was filmed at Shelly’s Loan and Jewelry Co, which still stands today. When they were filming the flick, the art department painted a Ray’s Music Exchange mural on the side of the shop. The mural remains, thanks to the folks at Shelly’s, who had a mural artist touch it up and rid it of graffiti back in 2001. If you have time, stop by the mural, or take a stop inside to see Blues Brothers memorabilia and posters.
DuSable Museum of African American History (40 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637, USA) – Museum housing exhibits & artifacts that highlight African-American history, culture & art. DuSable Museum is conveniently located in Washington Park at the corner of 57th and Cottage Grove. Our address is 740 East 56th Place. Adults $10
The Shoenberg Brewery is a magnificent old, brownstone building. In 1927 there were 30,000 ‘speakeasies‘ (so called from ‘speaking easy’ so that cops couldn’t hear) in the United States – twice the number of legal bars before the era of prohibition. Shoenberg was where Capone’s gang stored and brewed liquor to supply to the speakeasy racket.
Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Sir Anish Kapoor, that is the considered to be among the greatest pieces of public art in the world. Great view of Chicago
Calders Flamingo, Alexander Calder’s large abstract sculpture, or stabile, was unveiled to the public in 1974. (50 W Adams St) and the Picasso (50 W Washington St) – Untitled 50-ft., 160-ton Cor-Ten steel sculpture by artist Pablo Picasso, dedicated in 1967. Across from that is Richard J Daley Centre and Monument with Standing Beas, Large 4-sided 1984 sculpture by Jean Dubuffet which uses sketching, caricature & graffiti styling. 100 W Randolph St,
Rookery Building (209 S LaSalle St) Chicago’s oldest high-rise, this 1885 Romanesque structure has a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed lobby.
Willis Tower (233 S Wacker Dr) Iconic, 110-story skyscraper featuring expansive views of Chicago from its 103rd-story Skydeck.
Holy Name Parish Church (730 N Wabash Ave) Begin in River North at the Holy Name Cathedral. Two notorious murders happened here in the ’20s, one of which left bullet marks in the church’s cornerstone that can still be seen today. Opposite the church once stood Schofield’s, a flower shops and legitimate front of North Side boss Dean O’Banion. It became the headquarters for the North Side Gang (and mob funerals ensured business was always good). In November 1924, O’Banion was gunned down inside Schofield’s after an argument with rival Angelo Genna. Two years later, O’Banion’s lieutenant, Hymie Weiss, and several associates on their way to Schofield’s were sprayed with bullets; stray bullets from the attack left the on the church
Biograph Theater (2433 N Lincoln Ave) This Chicago landmark is notorious as the place bank robber John Dillinger was shot by FBI agents in July 1934. “Public Enemy Number One” Dillinger had been betrayed by “Woman in Red” Ana Cumpănaș, who informed the FBI of his plan to visit the theater. After watching gangster film Manhattan Melodrama, agents pursued Dillinger into a nearby alley and shot him dead.
360 Chicago (875 N Michigan Avenue) Observatory on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building with a tilting glass lookout 1000 ft. up.
Wrigley Field is a baseball park located on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is the home of the Chicago Cubs, one of the city’s two Major League Baseball franchises (060 W Addison St,) https://www.mlb.com/cubs/ballpark/tours
Guaranteed Rate Field is a baseball park located in Chicago, Illinois, that serves as the home ballpark for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball. (333 W 35th St)
Football Trip to Chicago – Where to Drink
Near Soldier Field
The Scout Waterhouse and Kitchen (1301 S Wabash Ave) Rustic watering hole with a long beer list, souped-up pub grub, lots of TVs & patio seating. (http://thescoutchicago.com/)
Weather Mark Tavern (1503 S Michigan Ave,) Nautical-themed tavern with a full menu including burgers, sandwiches, salads & more. https://weathermarktavern.com/
The Green Door Tavern is a historic watering hole with a notably vintage vibe. And beneath it you’ll find The Drifter, which somehow actually feels even more vintage-ier. That’s because it wasn’t designed as a speakeasy: it’s an ACTUAL speakeasy from the tragically thirsty days of Prohibition. Restored to a sparkling sheen, The Drifter offers a new cocktail menu every night and quirky entertainment that includes burlesque shows. How to get in: Enter the Green Door Tavern, walk through the bar, head down the stairs in the back, and you’ll come to a waiting room. Capacity is 37, so you may have to wait a bit. (678 N Orleans St)
The Fifth Province is a traditional Irish pub, but its location is about as traditional as wearing clown shoes to a non-clown wedding. Located in the South wing of the Irish American Heritage Center, the pub is completely hidden away from plain view. The building itself looks very much like a local high school, so finding a bar inside really makes it seem like you’ve stumbled upon a Stonemasons hangout. In addition to hearty pub fare and pints of Guinness, you can expect live music after 9pm. How to get in: Enter through the main doors of the center, take a left and head down the hall. The bar has limited hours, however: Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-12:30am. (4626 N Knox Ave)
Retaining the same feel as the original Red Lion Pub, whilst giving it a more modern … Red Lion Lincoln Square located at 4748 N. Rockwell St. Chicago Illinois.
Millers Pub (134 S Wabash Ave) Chicago institution since 1935 serving up traditional American grub & craft brews in a warm space.
Cindys (12 S Michigan Ave) Hip, stylish rooftop bar/eatery at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel with choice seasonal fare.
Franklin Tap (325 S Franklin St) Serves craft beers & comfort-food faves, along with daily drink specials & a dog-friendly patio.
Timothy O’Toole (622 N Fairbanks Ct) Burger Challenge place – Pub with TVs, billiards & a large menu of bar food, with daily food & drink specials. 2 half pound burger patties- cooked your way…cheddar, jack, mozzarella, swiss, bacon, onion straws, BBQ sauce….(Takes deep breath)… lettuce, tomato & red onions, all piled high and served with pipin’ hot french fries.
Billy Goat Tavern (430 N Michigan Ave) “Since 1964, newspaper reporters have come to trade gossip at this hole-in-the-wall spot, immortalized on Saturday Night Live by late comedian John Belushi. Griddle-fried burgers are the specialty, while people-watching is the favorite pastime.
Links Taproom – Local brews come in taps, casks & bottles & the sausages are housemade at this TV-laden hangout. 1559 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Football Trip to Chicago – Where to Eat
Pequod Pizza (2207 N Clybourn Ave) Authentic deep dish pizza which features a unique element in that sliced mozzarella cheese is laid around the edges of the pan, which makes for a burnt cheesy crust that makes the pizzeria stand out (https://pequodspizza.com
Lukes Italian Beef (215 W Jackson Blvd) Check tablecloths lend a classic vibe to this Italian spot known for beef sandwiches & pizza.
Chop Shop – Hybrid eatery, butcher shop & salumeria serving meat-oriented American fare & drinks in woody digs. (2033 W North Ave, Chicago)
Lille’s Q – Award-winning competition BBQ, Southern faves, moonshine & All-American craft beer in Bucktown – 1856 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Als Italian Beef (Several across City) Als Italian Beef started selling the first Italian Beef Sandwich in 1938. Our Menu offers classic Chicago Style foods like Chicago Hot Dogs, Fresh Cut Fries and the famous Italian Beef sandwich